Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
"The unexamined life is not worth living" -- Socrates
In accordance with Arts and Sciences policy, writing assignments in upper-level philosophy courses will involve a minimum of 3,000 words of college-standard English. Because of the importance placed by the department on clarity of language as essential to clarity of thought, most courses will involve writing assignments in excess of the minimum. All major writing assignments will be criticized and returned for revision.
Course Requirements for the BA Major
Learning Outcomes for the BA in Philosophy
- Students will exhibit knowledge of major figures, issues, and concepts in the history of philosophy and in its current state.
- Students will exhibit the ability to conduct inquiry through (a) reading both empathically and critically; (b) reasoning and argumentation; and (c) research conducted with appropriate use of textual, visual, online, and/or experiential resources.
- Students will communicate effectively in speaking and in writing.
- Students will exhibit growth in attitudes conducive to effective citizenship in a pluralistic democracy, including intellectual curiosity, appreciation of the complexity of philosophical issues, and desire to contribute to their communities.