Philosophy B.A. Outcomes
The Department of Philosophy is dedicated to scholarship and teaching. We contribute to the scholarly examination of philosophical questions and texts. We also help UMD students to learn the art of critical thinking, to develop their understanding of the philosophies which shape our world, to appreciate the expression of philosophical ideas in the arts and sciences, literature and historical documents, and to prepare for a lifetime of intellectual flourishing.
The UMD Department of Philosophy has designed two major tracks , the successful completion of which will enable students to:
- Demonstrate competence in the core problems of Philosophy and its traditions.
Students will be able to identify major philosophers and describe the problems these philosophers addressed.
- Communicate and debate philosophical issues, both verbally and in writing.
Students will be able to argue for points of view, defend their assertions, and recognize and assess counterarguments.
- Think critically and creatively in seeking solutions to practical and theoretical problems.
Students will be able to construct strategies for addressing both real and hypothetical problems.
- Reflect fair-mindedly and critically about issues pertaining to human diversity in the context of their historical background.
Students will be cognizant of differing perspectives based on gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, and other vectors; students will be able to identify issues of social justice stemming from such differences.
- Bring to the solution of social problems a set of analytical and critical thinking skills.
Students will be able to analyze concepts and critically evaluate claims and arguments; students will be able to apply these skills to social problems in a variety of areas.
- Use ethical reasoning to make informed and principled choices.
Students will be able to use ethical theories to guide their life choices and make determinations of right and wrong.