Learning Goals and Objectives for the Philosophy Undergraduate Major.
Students who graduate with a BA in Philosophy should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and values.
Goal 1: Knowledge of history of philosophy:
Goal 2: Knowledge of areas of philosophical inquiry and application:
Goal 3: Analysis:
Class discussion and written work demonstrates clear thinking and writing, and the ability to use of primary source textual evidence in:
Goal 4: Appreciation of and engagement with challenging and ambiguous concepts:
Approved: April 16, 2014
The Philosophy Department is committed to serving Villanova students in all the undergraduate colleges. Philosophy courses, by stressing the reading of primary texts and by teaching critical thinking, writing and discussion skills, introduce students to important philosophical concepts. As part of their introductory course, all students examine the perennial questions at the heart of Catholic philosophical inquiry through the study of ancient and medieval texts.
Through the philosophy major, the Philosophy Department provides students with advanced study, developing valuable skills that can be utilized in a wide range of careers. The diverse courses offered by the department allow students to pursue their interests while exploring the riches that philosophy has to offer.
The Department strives to fulfill and further the mission of the University by fostering in our students the spirit of critical, reflective thinking and a sense of the importance of values in their lives.