The Philosophy Department supports the college-wide Core Learning Outcomes, in addition to promoting general social sciences outcomes and program-specific outcomes.
1. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of facts, terminology, events, and/or methods that social scientists in various disciplines must possess in order to investigate, analyze or give a history of, or predict human, group, or societal behavior.
2. Demonstrate the ability to apply classifications, principles, generalizations, theories, models, and/or structures pertinent to social scientific efforts to organize conceptual knowledge in various fields.
3. Demonstrate the ability to reach conclusions/make arguments across a range of social science topics that are tied to a defensible sifting of appropriate evidence relative to the questions involved.
4. Demonstrate an understanding and recognition of the diversity of perspectives, cultural understandings, and ways of thinking that others bring to bear on social science questions.
While the Philosophy Department supports all of the college-wide Core Learning Outcomes and social sciences outcomes, students in philosophy courses will especially focus on developing critical thinking skills, whereby they will develop and practice analytical skills, problem-solving skills, and quantitative reasoning skills. Using creativity and self-reflection, they will also be able to engage in inquiry that produces well-reasoned, meaningful conclusions.