The Philosophy Department at West Chester University

Graduate Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for the MA in Philosophy are three–fold.

  1. Content Mastery
    Attain basic mastery of key figures and movements in the history of philosophy. Pass a qualifying exam or write an acceptable master’s thesis.
  2. Analytic and Critical Reasoning
    Demonstrate an ability to write substantive essays, showing independent thought and the ability to account for objections to one’s own argument.
  3. Information Literacy
    Become acquainted with scholarly literature, including journals, and effectively utilize these sources in coursework and exams/thesis work.

Student Learning Outcomes for the MA in Philosophy: Applied Ethics are four–fold.

  1. Content Mastery
    Attain basic mastery of key figures and movements in the history of philosophy, including key ethical concepts and theories. Pass a qualifying exam or write an acceptable master’s thesis.
  2. Proficiency in Ethics Application
    Demonstrate competence in applying theory to real world situations and contexts (in at least on sub-discipline: Business Ethics or Health Care Ethics).
  3. Analytic and Critical Reasoning
    Demonstrate an ability to write substantive essays, showing independent thought and the ability to account for objections to one’s own argument.
  4. Information Literacy
    Become acquainted with scholarly literature, including journals, and effectively utilize these sources in coursework and exams/thesis work.

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