BA Philosophy


This is the Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plan for this program. See department website for additional information about this program

Learning Outcomes

  • Writing Ability to state and support a thesis, apply knowledge of critical reasoning, accurately interpret philosophic sources, and clearly communicate a balanced account in writing.
  • Critical Reasoning Ability to construct and analyze complex arguments, and distinguish good reasoning from bad.
  • Knowledge of Core Philosophical Fields PLO M&E: Metaphysics & Epistemology. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of some of the most important figures and theories in metaphysics and epistemology. 3H: History of Philosophy Ability to demonstrate a deep understanding of central figures, texts, and ideas from the Modern or Ancient and Medieval periods of the history of philosophy.
  • Ethical Reasoning: Ability to reason logically, effectively, and respectfully about ethical matters.

Course requirements for the degree

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Curricular Map

The curricular map shows how each required course contributes to the program's learning outcomes.

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Annual Learning Outcomes Assessment Report(s)

In a process called assessment, the faculty of each degree program measure student attainment of program learning outcomes goals on an annual basis. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Process (PDF)

Assessment Rubric

In assessing learning outcomes, program faculty often develop rubrics which establish criteria and expectations showing how outcomes are evaluated. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric (PDF)

Program Review

Program review represents Chapman's commitment to excellence in academic programs through periodic review of educational effectiveness. Every 5 to 7 years, program faculty members prepare a self-study report, which is reviewed by external, expert reviewers, numerous Chapman faculty governance councils and committees, and the Office of the Provost. Program review provides an opportunity for each program to reflect on its educational effectiveness as well as its contribution to the university's mission and strategic plan. The results of program review guide institutional planning, budgeting and decision-making.