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Philosophy Major Learning Outcomes

The Philosophy learning outcomes were written in accordance with the learning outcomes articulated by the American Philosophical Association and found at Statement on Outcomes Assessment - The American Philosophical Association (
  • Upon completion of the Philosophy major, Eastern students will be able to:


    • Discuss topics related to philosophical traditions in the West
    • Discuss topics related to the main Asian philosophical traditions
    • Articulate main philosophical problems in the areas of metaphysics, ethics and epistemology both in Asian and Western traditions
    • Identify main philosophical methods of argumentation both in Asian and Western traditions

    Interpretive skills

    • Interpret texts and ideas in dialogue with relevant philosophical discussions
    • Formulate relevant connections between philosophical ideas and other disciplines of knowledge
    • Recognize complex issues more clearly
  • Upon completion of the Philosophy major, Eastern students will be able to:


    • Apply critical reading skills such as openness, honest inquiry and intellectual humility when approaching situations involving conflicting views
    • Construct well-reasoned opinions through valid and sound arguments
    • Examine the strengths and weaknesses of arguments
      • Articulate counter arguments to one’s own position
      • Differentiate truth from falsehood
      • Identify and evaluate the assumptions that people make

    Ethical Reasoning

    • Identify and reflect on values through the analysis of ethical cases
    • Apply different ethical theories to specific issues of global importance
    • Examine differing points of view and see the advantages and disadvantages in each
    • Respectfully discuss philosophical issues with peers
  • Upon completion of the Philosophy major, Eastern students will be able to:


    • Be open-minded to new and unfamiliar perspectives
    • Ask questions to clarify problems further and define topics of research interest
    • Form their own reasoned arguments and express them clearly and persuasively
    • Present effectively in writing and orally the articulation of philosophical insights and arguments


    • Be creative while practical in solving problems and suggesting solutions
    • Produce projects that involve imaginative, creative, and reflective abilities by applying different philosophical theories, perspectives and methodologies in the chosen topic