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The Philosophy Major
1. Self-discovery and personal development
- Students learn to identify their own values, loyalties, and virtues, as well as those values and loyalties that they can tolerate, and those that they reject.
- Students reflect on their own habits of thought (metacognition).
2. Critical thinking
- Students can express and evaluate ethical and philosophical arguments, recognize any logical fallacies, and find the pragmatic outcomes of those arguments.
- Students can criticize "conventional wisdom" (including their own) using skills of independent judgment.
3. Historical awareness of philosophical and religious traditions
- Students demonstrate their ability to read and interpret difficult texts (philosophical, religious, biblical) in their historical context.
- Students demonstrate a basic knowledge of several world traditions (philosophical and/or religious).
- Students can trace the roots of contemporary ideas, as well as the influences that have caused those ideas to change and develop.
4. Contemporary application
- Students examine ethical issues as "respons-ible" adults, able to respond for themselves without blaming others.
Students grasp religious, philosophical, and ethical traditions deeply enough to be able to express them in new ways in a changing world.