About this Bachelor's Degree
The term "philosophy" means the love of wisdom. In general, the program is designed to help students gain a better understanding of themselves, their world, their own beliefs and those of others.
In itself, at the undergraduate level, philosophy is not a professional program, yet it is one of the best pre-professional (law, medicine, ministry, etc.) programs available.
Thus, majors may elect classes in the philosophy of law, philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy or religious studies depending on their interest and/or professional choice; or may elect a major in philosophy in combination with another discipline to give greater depth to their professional training.
Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives
- Students will demonstrate a solid understanding of significant texts, movements, and concepts in the history of philosophy.
- Students will be able to explain and discuss philosophical positions and issues clearly and cogently in writing.
- Students will be able to explain and discuss philosophical positions and issues clearly and cogently in speaking.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to develop a cogent philosophical thesis and construct logically effective arguments in defense of it.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to make compelling criticisms of a philosophical view or argument, such as by exposing its logical weaknesses.