Philosophy Learning Outcomes

Remembering and Understanding

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major historical movements in the Western philosophical tradition and of selected philosophical authors and texts within and beyond that tradition.

Students will describe various distinctly Christian approaches to philosophical engagement, with special attention to the Reformational tradition.

Critical Thinking and Doing

Students will distinguish among and appropriately respond to the variety of literary and argumentative forms through which philosophical reasoning is pursued and conveyed.

Students will articulate points of connection between philosophy and at least one other discipline (such as the arts, mathematics, theology, or social sciences).

Engaging and Connecting

Students will formulate their own philosophical positions through well-informed, scholarly writing and speaking about philosophers historical and contemporary.

Students will articulate a recognizably Christian approach to doing philosophy.


Students will develop as Christian public intellectuals by cultivating habits of academic rigor; charitable, reasoned discussion; and joyful intellectual humility.