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Discipline: Degree: AA-T - Philosophy
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Critical Analysis and Writing ?Honors PHIL 9H
  • Students will be able to evaluate arguments (strong/weak, valid/invalid). (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to identify the premises/reasons for supporting the conclusion within an argument. (Revised 6/2020)
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency (precision, clarity, organization) in argumentative writing (with a minimum of 6,000 words for the semester), where positions are defended, and ideas are explored. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to distinguish inductive and deductive arguments. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
  • Students completing an assignment in Critical Analysis and Writing Honors course will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument.
Critical Thinking PHIL 8
  • Students will be able to evaluate arguments (strong/weak, valid/invalid). (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to apply problem-solving skills to their personal belief systems and social issues. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to identify the premises/reasons for supporting the conclusion within an argument. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to distinguish inductive and deductive arguments. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in Critical Thinking will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
Critical Thinking and Logical Writing PHIL 9
  • Students will be able to evaluate arguments (strong/weak, valid/invalid). (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency (precision, clarity, organization) in argumentative writing (with a minimum of 6,000 words for the semester), where positions are defended, and ideas are explored. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to identify the premises/reasons for supporting the conclusion within an argument.
  • Students will be able to distinguish inductive and deductive arguments. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in Critical Thinking and Logical Writing will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument.
  • Students will take an embedded surveys to identify their knowledge of Evaluating Arguments (Strong/weak, Cogent/Uncogent; Valid/Invalid, Sound/Unsound).
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
Ethics PHIL 12
  • Students will be able to analyze major philosophical schools of thought, including Virtue Ethics, Deontological Ethics, and Utilitarianism. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to apply moral reasoning to contemporary ethical issues and moral problems. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze primary texts in ethics. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the ideas of the major moral philosophers. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will identify philosophers (such as Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre) and their ethical systems.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast various ethical systems (including Deontological, Teleological, Virtue Ethics).
  • Students completing an assignment in Ethics will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their ethics coursework.
Ethics - Honors PHIL 12H
  • Students will be able to analyze major philosophical schools of thought, including Virtue Ethics, Deontological Ethics, and Utilitarianism. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to apply moral reasoning to contemporary ethical issues and moral problems. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze primary texts in ethics. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the ideas of the major moral philosophers. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to identify both culture and its influence on human expression.
  • Students will be able to identify the different Ethical Systems (Deontological, Teleological, Virtue Ethics)
  • Students will identify knowledge of Philosophers and their Ethical systems
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
  • Students will identify philosophers (such as Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre) and their ethical systems.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast various ethical systems (including Deontological, Teleological, Virtue Ethics).
History of Western Philosophy PHIL 20A
  • Students will be able to analyze the major philosophers from ancient times to the end of the Medieval period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze philosophical systems of thought from ancient times to the end of the Medieval period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to synthesize philosophical perspectives in relation to their own lived experience in which they apply knowledge, skills, and virtue to their own lives. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to write philosophical essays, which reveal improved skill in the presentation and evaluation of arguments, where the students clearly and effectively present their own philosophical position. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in History of Western Philosophy will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will identify the major philosophers and the philosophical schools from ancient times to the beginning of the Renaissance period.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast philosophical systems of thought from ancient times to the beginning of the Renaissance period.
History of Western Philosophy PHIL 20B
  • Students will be able to analyze philosophical systems of thought from Renaissance to the contemporary period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to synthesize philosophical perspectives in relation to their own lived experience, in which they apply knowledge, skills, and virtue to their own lives. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to write philosophical essays, which reveal improved skill in the presentation and evaluation of arguments, where the students clearly and effectively present their own philosophical position. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the major philosophers from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in History of Western Philosophy course will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will be able to identify the major philosophers and the philosophical schools from Renaissance to contemporary times.
  • Students will be to compare and contrast philosophical schools of thought from Renaissance to contemporary times.
History of Western Philosophy - Honors PHIL 20BH
  • Students will be able to analyze philosophical systems of thought from Renaissance to the contemporary period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to synthesize philosophical perspectives in relation to their own lived experience, in which they apply knowledge, skills, and virtue to their own lives. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to write philosophical essays, which reveal improved skill in the presentation and evaluation of arguments, where the students clearly and effectively present their own philosophical position. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the major philosophers from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
  • Students completing an assignment in History of Western Philosophy Honors course will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will be able to identify the major philosophers and the philosophical schools from Renaissance to contemporary times.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast philosophical systems of thought from Renaissance to contemporary times.
History of Western Philosophy - Honors PHIL 20AH
  • Students will be able to analyze philosophical systems of thought from ancient times to the end of the Medieval period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to synthesize philosophical perspectives in relation to their own lived experience in which they apply knowledge, skills, and virtue to their own lives. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to write philosophical essays, which reveal improved skill in the presentation and evaluation of arguments, where the students clearly and effectively present their own philosophical position. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the major philosophers from ancient times to the end of the Medieval period. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in History of Western Philosophy Honors will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
  • Students will identify the major philosopher and the philosophical schools from ancient times to the beginning of the Renaissance period.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast philosophical systems of thought from ancient times to the beginning of the Renaissance period.
Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 5
  • Students will be able to apply philosophical knowledge to real world problems and contemporary issues. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the ideas of the major philosophers. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to read, analyze and reflect on primary philosophical texts to formulate their own understanding. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the major philosophical schools of thought. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will identify knowledge of Ontological topics (Monism, Dualism, Pluralism).
  • Students completing an assignment in Introduction to Philosophy will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors PHIL 5H
  • Students will be able to apply philosophical knowledge to real world problems and contemporary issues. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the ideas of the major philosophers. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to read, analyze and reflect on primary philosophical texts to formulate their own understanding. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze the major philosophical schools of thought. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will attempt to identify knowledge of Empirical and Rational systems of knowledge.
  • Students completing an assignment in Introduction to Philosophy Honors will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will attempt to identify knowledge of Ethical Systems (Deonlogical, Teleological, and Virtue Ethics).
  • Students will attempt to identify of Ontological topics (Monism, Dualism, and Pluralism)
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
Logic in Practice PHIL 3
  • Students will be able to distinguish and evaluate inductive and deductive arguments using criteria of evaluation such as valid/invalid, strong/weak, etc. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be acquainted with the various forms of definitions and learn to construct proper definitions. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to translate arguments into symbolic form to test their validity. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to apply deductive and inductive reasoning to morals, politics, science, literature, and everyday life scenarios. (9/2020)
  • Students will learn to distinguish arguments from non-arguments. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in Logic will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument.
Logic in Practice - Honors PHIL 3H
  • Students will be able to apply deductive and inductive reasoning to morals, politics, science, literature, and everyday life scenarios. (9/2020)
  • Students will learn to distinguish arguments from non-arguments. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to distinguish and evaluate inductive and deductive arguments using criteria of evaluation such as valid/invalid, strong/weak, etc. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to analyze informal fallacies. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be acquainted with the various forms of definitions and learn to construct proper definitions. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will learn to translate arguments into symbolic form to test their validity. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in Logic Honors will be able to develop a thesis statement that advances a clear argument.
  • Students will identify knowledge of Classifying Arguments (Inductive/Deductive).
  • Students identify knowledge of Evaluating Arguments (Strong/Weak, Cogent/Uncogent; Valid/Invalid, Sound/Unsound)
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
Major World Religions PHIL 15
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast a variety of religious themes. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze primary religious text. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will understand the impact of religion in the world at large. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to identify the practice, belief and history of the major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in Major World Religions will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their world religion coursework.
Major World Religions - Honors PHIL 15H
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast a variety of religious themes. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will be able to analyze primary religious text. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students will understand the impact of religion in the world at large. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Major World Religions Students will be able to identify the practice, belief and history of the major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (Rev. 6/2020)
  • Students completing an assignment in Major World Religions Honors will be able to identify the influence of culture on human expression.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.