Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to identify and deal critically with argument forms
- Students will be able to gain conduct a conceptual analysis of philosophical texts, including identifying presuppositions embodied in texts and traditions, and an ability to identify these different positions
- Students will be able to reason independently
- Students will acquire and use research skills
Content Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to recognize and explain (in a manner commensurate with the number of courses taken) major movements, thinkers, terms, and concepts in the history of philosophy.
- Students will be able to identify the philosophical foundations of at least one discipline, e.g. history, aesthetics, literary criticism, psychology, etc.
- Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the Christian philosophical tradition, especially the Reformed tradition, and be able to articulate their position on the relation between Christian faith and learning within the major philosophical traditions.
- Students will develop appropriate habits of academic rigor, e.g. research skills, data organization, critical reading of texts
- Students will develop verbal ability, both oral and written, and use this ability to engage in courteous, reasoned discussion and debate.
Throughout the year data is gathered through senior and alumni surveys, a written exam, and an oral interview to determine how well the program is meeting its student learning outcomes. For additional information please contact department chairperson Dr. Stephen Lake at