Departments and programs express their aspirations for student performance through their Program Learning Outcomes.
Learning Outcomes for Philosophy Ph.D.
PLO 1. Core Knowledge
At the end of our graduate program, a student should have acquired a body of core knowledge in philosophy. He or she should be familiar with many of the important periods in western philosophy (e.g. ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, early modern philosophy, Kant and German philosophy after Kant, the history of early analytic philosophy). In addition, a student who has completed our graduate program should have a general knowledge of the major trends in the core areas of contemporary philosophy (ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology).
PLO 2. Independent Research
At the end of our graduate program, a student should have acquired the philosophical and writing skills required to produce original independent research that satisfies the standards of clarity, argumentative rigor, and scholarly competence operative in professional philosophy.
PLO 3. Professionalism
At the end of our graduate program, a student should have submitted work to, and ideally presented the work at, a professional philosophy conference. In addition, a student should have submitted work for publication (and, ideally, had that work accepted for publication) in a recognized professional philosophy journal.
PLO 4. Pedagogy
At the end of our graduate program, a student should have acquired the full range of pedagogical skills required to be an effective teacher of philosophy at the university or college level. This includes, but is not limited to, designing syllabi, preparing a course of lectures, developing strategies for generating philosophical discussion in the classroom, and evaluating written work.
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