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Student Learning Goals

Graduates with a Minor in Philosophy should:

  • Be familiar with influential historical and contemporary ideas and debates in Philosophy, and with a diverse range of theories of value;
  • Have the capacity to analyze complex arguments and ideologies, subject them to thoughtful criticism, and develop conclusions of their own based on consideration of opposing arguments;
  • Have the ability to write clear and well-organized essays in which a position is articulated and defended;
  • Have exceptional analytical reasoning skills.
  • Graduates with a Legal Philosophy Minor should:
  • Have an adequate grasp of many of the basic normative and conceptual issues inherent to law and legal systems; for example, the concepts of responsibility, statutory interpretation, privacy, punishment, liberalism, and harm;
  • Understand current legal debates that have implications for social policy; for example, debates about torture, capital punishment, assisted suicide, and abortion;
  • Be familiar with many classic and contemporary texts in the canon of legal philosophy;
  • Have exceptional analytical reasoning skills;
  • Be able to read a text critically and respond as philosophers by way of argument, rather than by means of rhetoric or emotional appeal.


Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: The American Philosophical Association (APA)