Philosophy Instructional Goals
The Philosophy Department's instructional goals are to help students improve their abilities in the following areas:
 Skills in Reasoning: ability to identify theses in other’s work and one’s own; identify and evaluate reasons relevant to theses; identify and evaluate background concepts, distinction, and assumptions; identify and evaluate objections; charity in interpreting others’ positions.
 Skills in Written and Oral Presentation: Clarity in overall organization of ideas; clarity at sentence/paragraph level of expression.
 Skills in Research: Ability to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources; ability to work with major research resources in philosophy; ability to work with library resources.
 Breadth of Content: Familiarity with development of historical Western tradition; familiarity with various branches of philosophical investigation; familiarity with critical analyses of Western tradition; familiarity with variety of philosophical traditions or approaches.
 Depth of Content: Ability to make connections across branches of philosophical investigation; proficiency with major primary sources; ability to produce creative work.