The Philosophy Department prides itself on preparing students who intend to pursue a variety of career tracks. Our “Ethics, Society, and Law” graduating majors often pursue careers in law, politics, health care, writing, and public administration, but they should be able to enter other graduate programs and obtain jobs in their desire field. And Ethics major offers an education that offers them highly transferable skills fit for an ever-changing job market.
The department strives to help students cultivate the intellectual, civic, and moral virtues of the discipline of Philosophy–for example, intellectual integrity, objectivity, resilience in the face of obstacles and daunting problems, a commitment to consistency, a knack for seeing and articulating what issues are at stake, the courage to cross-examine opinions that one holds dear, respect for interlocutors and colleagues, a felt obligation to contribute to one’s community.
Our majors are able to reflect philosophically and express clearly their own goals and choices and make informed and thoughtful decisions both in their chosen careers and in their day to day lives.
Four years for a complete BA degree. Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree. Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a department, our goal is to educate our students with respect to the history, interpretive frameworks, and analytical techniques of the discipline of Philosophy; given this goal, graduating majors should be able to:
- be able to summarize major ethical theories, frameworks, and concepts, and be able to apply them to a variety of real-life cases
- describe and critique several of the most important historical and contemporary interpretive frameworks used in the discipline of Philosophy
- apply the analytical techniques of the discipline of Philosophy (for example, by presenting orally and in writing succinct analyses of philosophical texts and coherently structured arguments in defense of their own philosophical claims).