Humanities and Philosophy Program Learning Objectives
- Recognize the foundations, central ideas, and expressions of a variety of cultures, value systems,
- and philosophical perspectives.
- Think critically about the historical development of foundations, central ideas, and expressions
- within society and how these inform contemporary conversations.
- Demonstrate an increased ability to communicate ideas about cultures, value systems,
- philosophical perspectives and historical context in verbal and written form.
- Identify and evaluate great texts and enduring creative expressions that provide important sources
- of information about cultures, value systems and philosophical perspectives.
PHIL 1000 (Introduction to Philosophy) Course Learning Objectives
Students will demonstrate:
- A basic knowledge of the various speculative traditions and prominent thinkers in Western and
- world philosophy, including epistemology, human nature, metaphysics, reality and being, ethics,
- and religion.
- A basic understanding of the way in which philosophical traditions form contemporary world
- Enhanced analytical and critical reading and writing skills.
- The ability to apply philosophical methods of analysis to everyday experiences.
- A knowledge of the enduring creative expressions of humans that reflect our experiences, as well
- as our feelings and ideas about ourselves, other humans, the past, and the universe.
- Progress in answering the “big questions” for themselves and in realizing the universality of the
- human condition, by learning how others have asked the same questions in creative ways.
PHIL 1120 (Social Ethics) Course Learning Objectives
- Students will gain understanding of big questions found in the creative works in the history of
- Students will analyze claims, definitions, and concepts presented by important historical figures,
- and discuss their efforts, both in discussion and in formal writing.
- Students will define and examine their own personal value systems in relation to important
- historical claims.
PHIL 1250 (Reasoning and Rational Decisions) Course Learning Objectives
- Students will gain understanding of big questions of Epistemology found in the history of
- Students will analyze claims, definitions, and concepts presented by important historical figures
- concerning the nature and purpose of knowledge, and discuss their efforts, both in discussion and
- in formal writing.
- Students will be able to construct a well-reasoned, well-articulated argument about the subject of
- their choosing.
PHIL 2600 (World Religions: Topics) Course Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical foundations for at least three of the nine living
- traditions cited in the course description.
- Describe the nature and diversity of world religions, including points of commonality and
- Articulate questions presented by these traditions, including how other academic disciplines
- interact with these traditions.
- Think critically about these traditions, becoming aware of one’s own biases when approaching primary texts.
PHIL 2900 (Symbolic Logic) Course Learning Objectives
- Identify argument forms in ‘statement logic’ and utilize tests such as truth tables and proofs to determine the validity of the argument.
- Understand the structure and purpose behind categorical arguments, including the historical significance of such arguments.
- Pinpoint informal fallacies found from various media sources and respond to such fallacies in articulate, constructive ways.
PHIL 3100 (Aesthetics) Course Learning Objectives
- Describe the substance of discipline of aesthetics, including primary ‘big’ questions (definition of ‘art’, nature/purpose of metaphor, art’s relation to knowledge), methodology, and major viewpoints in the history of the study.
- Develop an awareness of beauty and the significance of the aesthetic experience as a fundamental characteristic and of human experience by gaining an appreciation for the task of aesthetic reflection on the artistic realm in the western philosophic traditions.
- Identify the connection between the study of aesthetics and other academic disciplines, and express those connections through a semester long research project.
PHIL 3200 (Philosophy and Literature) Course Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate an enriched appreciation of literature through the distinctive tools of philosophic inquiry, analysis, and argumentation.
- Engage major philosophical issues (definition/question of personal identity, author/reader interplay, possibility of objective knowledge) often found in works of literature.
- Utilize the critical thinking, analytic, and writing skills that were developed through a semester long paper project.