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2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Learning Compact

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Description of the Major
The major in philosophy will provide you with a thorough knowledge of philosophical problems and arguments as well as critical thinking skills applicable to a wide variety of intellectual areas. You will become familiar with key positions in the history of Western philosophy, learn how to navigate the contemporary philosophical terrain and acquire a working knowledge of formal logic. You will learn how to represent complex arguments in a clear and fair fashion, to evaluate them for cogency and to construct arguments of your own. Finally, you will become practiced in writing about abstract and elusive topics in a critical and compelling manner.

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Before Graduating You Must
  • Earn a C or better in all courses satisfying the major's distribution requirements, thereby demonstrating achievement of SLOs 1 - 3.
  • Complete a model paper in PHI 3950 or a 4000-level philosophy class with a grade of B or better, thereby demonstrating achievement of SLOs 4 - 7.
  • Satisfy the Florida statutory requirements for CLAST.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Skills You Will Acquire in the Major (SLOs)
  1. Understand the major questions addressed, the range of answers offered and the methods employed in the history of Western philosophy.
  2. Demonstrated competence in contemporary philosophy with an understanding of major arguments and options in core areas, including ethics and epistemology.
  3. Working knowledge of the fundamental aspects of formal logic, including the propositional and predicate calculus.
  4. The ability to discern the structure of arguments, to represent them fairly and clearly and to evaluate them for cogency.
  5. The ability to formulate one's own original arguments, to anticipate objections and to respond in a conscientious fashion.
  6. The ability to read and discuss complex philosophical texts from both historical sources and contemporary works.
  7. The ability to speak and to write clearly and persuasively about abstract and conceptually elusive matters.

Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication
PHH 3100 X     X X X X
PHH 3400 X     X X X X
PHI 3130     X X      
PHI 3300   X   X X X X
PHI 3650   X   X X X X
PHI 3950       X X X X

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