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Learning Outcomes

Philosophy

Students completing a B.A. in Philosophy are expected to achieve learning outcomes in the following four primary areas: (1) Critical Analysis of Arguments, (2) Effective Communication, (3) Knowledge of Philosophical Topics, and (4) Developing Own Philosophical Views.  Learning outcomes are further subdivided within these four areas.

By the end of the program, Philosophy majors will be able to:

1. Critically analyze arguments using the following manners.

      a. Symbolic logic
      b. Inductive logic
      c. Recognizing, constructing, and evaluating arguments in the context of examining philosophical issues
      d, Engaging respectfully with competing views in a manner that sustains discourse and communities
      e. Discerning and assessing the value biases involved in social issues

2. Effectively communicate the philosophical analysis of the given topic.

      a. Written Communication
      b. Oral Communication

3. Articulate the knowledge of the main branches of philosophy and western ancient philosophy.

      a. Metaphysics/Epistemology
      b. Ethics/Politics
      c. Western Ancient philosophy

4. Defend their own philosophical views on some area of philosophy by clarifying, developing and formulating arguments to support one’s own philosophical views.

Philosophy, politics and Economics (ppe)

Students majoring in PPE will be able to achieve the following outcomes:

1. Critically evaluate arguments and reason logically.
2. Critically assess ethical issues.
3. Demonstrates knowledge of social institutions through concentrated engagement with contemporary and enduring social issues.
4. Perform quantitative analysis.
5. Synthesize and evaluate information through an application of knowledge and methods across the three disciplines.

Religion

Students majoring in religion will be introduced to all of the following learning objectives and will explore all of the objectives in more depth:

  1. Knowledge of traditional religious and theological views
  2. Knowledge of contemporary religious and theological views
  3. Knowledge of the historical development of religious and theological ideas
  4. The ability to assess evidence for competing views
  5. The ability to discern the value bases and biases involved in social issues
  6. The ability to examine the sacred texts in human existence
  7. The ability to clarify and develop his/her own understanding of religious and theological views

Youth Ministry

Students majoring in youth ministry will be introduced to all of the following learning objectives and will explore all of the objectives in more depth:

  1. Knowledge of traditional religious and theological views
  2. Knowledge of contemporary religious and theological views
  3. Knowledge of the historical development of religious and theological ideas
  4. The ability to assess evidence for competing views
  5. The ability to discern the value bases and biases involved in social issues
  6. The ability to examine the sacred texts in human existence
  7. The ability to clarify and develop his/her own understanding of religious and theological views
  8. Knowledge of contemporary psychological and sociological views, including developmental psychology
  9. The ability to assess the validity of various approaches to Christian education, including youth ministry in camp settings and mission trips
  10. The application of principles and methods of Christian education in supervised internships
Philosophy and Religion Department

Beth Buist

419-772-2195
b-buist@onu.edu
Burgett Hall 124
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed