- Will be able to read and discuss complex philosophical texts from sources across a range of historical periods
- Will be able to speak and to write clearly and persuasively about abstract and conceptually difficult matters.
- Will have a firm grasp of the history of Western Philosophy including ancient and modern as well as one of the following areas: epistemology, metaphysics, or moral philosophy
- Will have fluency in formal logic including logical proofs and the ability to represent arguments fairly and clearly and to evaluate them for cogency.
- Will be fluent in the oral and written formulation of original arguments, anticipate objections and respond to those possible objections.
- Will produce independently researched, well-argued and well-written papers
Religious Studies majors:
- Will have facility in informed empathy as they approach the study of religions
- Will be able to read complex texts from a variety of traditions
- Will understand and be able to apply the methodological tools used in the study of religion including textual analysis, sociology of religion, anthropology of religion and comparative religions
- Will understand the basic features of Western, Eastern and indigenous religious traditions, be able to recognize the foundations of traditions and be able to compare them
- Will be able to analyze the interaction of religious views with institutions and cultures in which the traditions find themselves
- Will be able to understand and assess the ethics and praxis that arise in religions
- Will be able to write, think and verbally express interpretations and analysis