Student Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate from URI with a B.A. in Philosophy, you will be able:

  1. To evaluate formal and informal reasoning, distinguishing valid from invalid arguments, strong from weak arguments, and plausible from implausible premises.
  2. To read and interpret philosophical texts, accurately conveying their philosophical ideas and concisely summarizing how those ideas are established, supported and defended.
  3. To contextualize philosophical texts and thinkers within specific frameworks (e.g., those of history, method, topic, problem area, etc.)
  4. To produce a critical, summative project or paper that identifies a focal question, surveys existing primary and secondary material of relevance to the question, engages a consistent and sustained method for analyzing both primary and secondary material, and offers a justified perspective on the question.