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Philosophy (B.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of movements, figures and themes in the history of philosophy.
  2. Apply philosophical argumentation to specific intellectual and disciplinary contexts.
  3. Apply moral principles to practical situations.

Philosophy Content/Discipline knowledge and skills are assessed through papers, exams and other projects completed in the following required courses: PHI 3130 Logic and Disputation, PHH 3050 Philosophy: History Texts Methods I, PHH 4051 Philosophy: History Texts Methods II, and PHI 4938 Capstone Seminar in Philosophy.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic principles of formal logic to construct logically sound and persuasive arguments.
  2. Translate concepts across different disciplinary viewpoints.

Communication skills are assessed in PHI 4938 Capstone Seminar in Philosophy; PHH 3050 Texts and Methods I; PHH 4051 Texts and Methods II; and PHI 3130 Logic and Disputation.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand and critically analyze theoretical texts to identify reasons, conclusions, and logical structure.
  2. Identify uncritical assumptions in various philosophical positions, as they appear in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics
  3. Ability to synthesize information across various philosophical and disciplinary domains

Critical Thinking Skills assessed in PHI 3320 (Philosophical Reasoning and Argumentation), PHI 4938 Capstone Seminar in Philosophy, PHH 3050 Texts and Methods I; PHH 4051 Texts and Methods II; and PHI 3130 Logic and Disputation.