Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the M.A. Program in Philosophy, the student 

  • will be familiar with the major figures, movements, positions, and issues characterizing the ancient, medieval, modern, late modern, and contemporary periods in the history of Western Philosophy;
  • will be able to make intelligent and critical use of the resources and tools required for thorough philosophical research and writing;
  • will be able to interpret philosophical texts intelligently, critically, and charitably;
  • will be able to analyze and evaluate philosophical arguments;
  • will be capable of clear, coherent, and rigorous argumentation and expression in their own philosophical writing;
  • will be able to communicate their interpretations of philosophical texts and their own critical views confidently in both informal and professional settings;
  • will be able to engage in fruitful philosophical dialogue and discussion;
  • will be able to formulate precisely and communicate clearly their own developing positions on the basic epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical questions;
  • will have a clearer understanding and firmer grasp of the philosophical questions with which they themselves are most deeply concerned;
  • will be familiar with the range of responsibilities associated with the professional side of the philosophical life.