Student Outcomes

Outcomes/Objectives

  1. We aim to give students a knowledge of and facility with the methods and concepts of modern, analytic philosophy.
    Students should develop a good knowledge of and facility with the methods and concepts of modern, analytic philosophy.

  2. We aim to give students a good knowledge of the current state of debate and discussion about the major issues in philosophy.
    Students should develop a good knowledge of the current state of academic discussion of some of the central philosophical topics.

  3. We aim to give students some significant knowledge of the history of philosophy.
    Students should develop some knowledge of the history of philosophy, including both major themes and movements and some specific figures and systems.

  4. We aim to give students the ability to think critically and systematically about philosophical problems and to write clearly and cogently about them.
    Students should develop the ability to think critically and systematically about philosophical problems, both abstract and practical, and to write clearly and cogently about them.

  5. We aim to give students the ability to construct and analyze arguments clearly and cogently  independently of their specific subject matter.
    Students will be able to construct and analyze arguments clearly and cogently  independently of their specific subject matter.

 

Measures and Findings

  1.  The faculty will analyse the syllabus at the end of each year to ensure that it meets the needs of today's students.
     To develop a curriculum that meets the needs of today's students to gain a knowledge of an facility with the methods and techniques of philosophy.

  2.  Graduate school acceptance rates
     We would expect a small, but significant, number of our graduates to be accepted into good graduate programs.

  3.  Student Course Evaluations
     We would expect at least 80% of our current majors to express significant satisfaction with their courses, instructors and level of learning.

  4.  Performance of students in graduate school
     We would expect a small number of our students to be successful in graduate degrees in philosophy, law school, medical school and so on.

  5.  Surveying of current majors
     We would expect at least 80% of our current majors to express significant satisfaction with their courses, instructors and level of learning.

  6.  Assessment in a capstone course
     We would expect that 70% of students taking this course would show confidence and facility in dealing with complex philosophical problems.

  7.  Portfolios of work
     We would expect to see all, or almost all, of our students improving in their ability to work with complex philosophical materials.