Department of Philosophy Student Learning Outcomes

Gonzaga University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy
Degree: M.A. in Philosophy

Learning Outcomes: Grounded in the context of a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic tradition, students pursuing a philosophy MA at Gonzaga University will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  1. explicate in both writing and discussion the history of Western philosophy via explaining the relationships and divergences between major thinkers, movements and issues that have continuously characterized the Western philosophical tradition.
  2. describe the implications and consequences in both writing and discussion diverse philosophical positions, concepts, and arguments with particular attention paid to critically engaging the key issues in each major subject area of philosophy: epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and social/political philosophy.
  3. demonstrate proficiency in translating natural language sentences into a formal language, using truth tables, and testing for validity of arguments in 1st order logic using a formal proof system.
  4. research and critically evaluate a chosen field of specialization in the history of philosophy, referencing both primary and secondary sources with precision and accuracy.
  5. advance an argument or thesis in a chosen field of specialization, contributing original insight and/or analysis regarding a concrete problem in that arena.

Assessment

  • Learning Outcome 1: Coursework and comprehensive exams both written and oral.
  • Learning Outcome 2: Coursework and comprehensive exams both written and oral.
  • Learning Outcome 3: Logic exam.
  • Learning Outcome 4: Thesis prospectus, thesis and thesis presentation as well as selective coursework.
  • Learning Outcome 5: Thesis prospectus, thesis and thesis presentation as well as selective coursework.

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