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Program Goals and Outcomes

Mount Saint Mary’s University has a culture of assessment. This means

  • Community members share a common commitment to improving student learning and a common language to guide this work.
  • Students know at the outset what their expected learning outcomes are for the course, the major or program.
  • Faculty and staff continually assess the nature and extent of student learning.
  • Lessons about student learning inform curricular, pedagogical, and administrative decisions.
  • The goal of assessment efforts at MSMU is to improve teaching and learning.
  • The overall results of student performance will be available to students, faculty, staff and other interested parties on College webpage.
  • Goal

    Communication & Research – written and oral expression of philosophical material

  • Outcome
    1. Write philosophical essays that includes construction of an argument for a position.

    2. Analyze and evaluate philosophical problems/arguments both orally and in writing.

  • Goal

    Reasoning Skills – application and analysis of logical reasoning

  • Outcome
    1. Analyze, arguments, problems, or case studies in a systematic way that applies logical and theoretical models or tools.

  • Goal

    Content Knowledge in the various areas of philosophy – comprehension and breadth of knowledge of the field

  • Outcome
    1. Comprehend major philosophical thinkers/theories sufficiently to apply them to real-world situations and different frames of reference.

    2. Demonstrate familiarity with basic philosophical concepts and vocabulary.

  • Goal

    Application and Value of Moral/Social/Political Concepts – integration of these perspectives into the analysis of problems and issues in philosophy

  • Outcome
    1. Apply ethical and social/political perspectives to global and domestic policy issues.

    2. Apply and value justice, especially as defined in terms taking the standpoint of the least advantaged.

  • Goal

    Values resulting from an education in philosophy

  • Outcome
    1. Demonstrate creative/intellectual curiosity and the importance of philosophy as practice.