Program Mission Statement, Goals, Objectives and Outcomes

(revised December 2012)



Mission Statement

It is the purpose of the Philosophy Program to expose students to the distinctive ways in which different philosophical traditions have examined the basic issues of life. Our aim is not only to examine these diverse philosophies, but to teach students a unique method of inquiry that has at its basis the belief that deep-seated convictions, prejudices and beliefs should be thoroughly scrutinized. It is our goal to help students focus on the meaning of an idea, its basis, coherence, and relation to other ideas; to understand the role of premises and inference in ordinary discourse as well as in philosophical argumentation; to recognize and define different world views; and to comprehend the history of philosophy in particular. In the process, we strive to teach students general problem solving skills and critical thinking skills, help them develop communicative, analytical and persuasive skills, and sharpen their writing and synthesizing skills. All of this is done to enhance the lives of our students and to prepare them for success in academic and workplace environments.



Program Goal 1: Curriculum and Instruction

To provide a broad curriculum encompassing a variety of philosophical methods and traditions, as well as high quality instruction employing both traditional and emerging pedagogical techniques, such that students who complete the B.A. in philosophy possess a core body of philosophical knowledge and skills.



         To maintain class sizes that allow for quality faculty-student interactions.

         To require extensive, written results of philosophical research in upper-division courses.

         To require oral presentations of philosophical research in select courses.

         To incorporate the use of new media in select courses.

         To assess the curriculum on an annual basis with a view to improving it whenever and however possible.



Every student graduating with a B.A. in philosophy will be able to:

1.       discuss the general historical development of the discipline of philosophy, including the views of at least three major historical figures of philosophy; 

2.       incorporate a philosophical position in oral and written communications; 

3.       critically outline and analyze philosophical issues; 

4.       exhibit critical thinking skills. 



Program Goal 2: Progression, Graduation, and Professional Preparation

To ensure that students progress toward their degrees at a satisfactory pace and that they graduate within a reasonable period of time.



         To advise every philosophy major once per semester to ensure appropriate selection of courses.

         To offer required courses with sufficient frequency to allow students to graduate within a reasonable period of time.

         To provide a variety of opportunities for extra-curricular philosophical activity, including student-driven events and organizations.

         To assist students in identifying the skills they have acquired in order to market themselves in academic and workplace environments.



1.       The graduation rates of philosophy majors will be consistent with or exceed those of the institution.

2.       By the time that he or she graduates from the institution, each philosophy major will complete a senior portfolio containing evidence of his or her professional preparation.



Goal 3: Student Research

To encourage student research and other creative endeavors that enhance an understanding of philosophical argumentation and prepare students for success in academic and workplace environments.



         To assist students with individual research projects.

         To encourage students to participate in professional meetings and scholarly competitions.



1.       Some philosophy majors will participate in scholarly activities other than those required by their course work (Honorís theses, presentations at student conferences, submissions to undergraduate philosophy journals, etc.)



Goal 4: Professional Development of Faculty

To promote professional development by supporting faculty research and other professional activities.



         To fund faculty participation in professional meetings.

         To strengthen faculty membersí ability to obtain internal and external funding for other scholarly activities.

         To facilitate reassigned time for research and paid research leave.



1.       Faculty will make appropriate progress through ranks by meeting or exceeding requirements for the professional development necessary for promotion.

2.       Faculty will demonstrate consistent productivity in annual reports.


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This page last updated 12/14/2012.