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Learning Objectives, Goals and Competencies

List of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy

A.1.    Students can explain, both in discussion and in writing, the main problems of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics in depth, appropriate to a teacher of philosophy at the college level.
A.2. Students can give, both in discussion and in writing, an overview of the current state of knowledge and research in a chosen field of specialization, referencing both major primary works and important secondary sources.
A.3. Students can formulate a thesis expressing an interpretation of the thought of a particular figure in the history of philosophy or the solution to a particular problem in contemporary philosophy.
B.1. Students can write a publishable philosophy paper.
B.2. Students can present a paper at a professional conference, preferably one of the national meetings of the American Philosophical Association.
B.3. Students can compose a work of original philosophical research built around a clearly articulated thesis and constituting, arguably, a contribution to a particular field of philosophical study.

Note:  Given that the goal of the M.A. program is to prepare students to pursue further graduate work in Philosophy, it is not expected that M.A. students will demonstrate the same level of proficiency as Ph.D. students in their achievement of the above SLOs.

Student learning outcome specific to our Ph.D. program:
The specific goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students for an academic career in philosophy, and more specifically, to be instructors of philosophy. Thus, we have identified an additional SLO specific to our Ph.D. students: 

PhD.1: Students can give a thorough, detailed account of the history of philosophy from ancient to modern times, identifying its major periods, movements, and figures, appropriate to a teacher of philosophy at the college level.