Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Graduate Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA, MA in Social Philosophy, or PhD degree, students will have:

Acquired advanced knowledge and be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of philosophy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of perennial and contemporary issues in philosophy
  • Demonstrate expertise in a particular area of philosophy

Engaged in discursive and critical thinking and be able to:

  • Identify hidden presuppositions of everyday beliefs
  • Articulate and evaluate philosophical arguments
  • Consider alternative kinds of philosophical argumentation
  • Apply philosophical categories, methods and insights to other areas of human interest, experience, or cognitive inquiry

Produced and disseminated scholarship and be able to:

  • Frame, research, complete and defend the MA paper or thesis or the PhD dissertation
  • Frame, complete and submit papers for scholarly conferences and publications (this applies especially to PhD students)

Developed effective teaching skills and be able to:

(This outcome applies especially to PhD students)

  • Effectively present material
  • Create syllabi and craft a statement of teaching philosophy
  • Run an effective philosophy course
  • Satisfy University and Department expectations of core courses and instructors

Developed the skills to appreciate and participate in citizenship in the academic community, in the larger community, and in the world and be able to:

  • Work with others for the sake of common purposes
  • Foster Jesuit ideals, including truth and justice
  • Enhance the pleasures of work in common