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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies Learning Outcomes

Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing top-quality education that is intentionally designed to develop your skills and expertise as you prepare for the next step in your education or career. The learning outcomes reflect the specific competencies that you will gain from our Philosophy program and our Religious Studies program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.

Learning Outcomes

Philosophy and Religious Studies Learning Outcomes

Foundational Competencies

  • Students will develop strong critical reading skills through sustained attention to primary texts through literary, visual and auditory mediums.
  • Students will learn to interpret assigned texts thoughtfully, and they will extend their understanding of texts through focused conversation and writing.
  • Students will be able to identify, analyze and evaluate competing claims about a problem or issue and evaluate the evidence to draw a meaningful conclusion.
  • Students will be able to accurately apply ethical perspectives/concepts to an ethical question and identify objections, assumptions and implications of the application of such perspectives/concepts to an ethical question.

Religious Studies

  • Students will be able to read religious texts critically, sympathetically and contextually in regard to the cultural situation and world view of the authors.
  • Students will demonstrate informed understanding of continuity and change within religious traditions (which remain committed to the wisdom of the past even as they take into consideration new insights and experiences), as well as the way this process has given rise to diverse interpretations and shared resources.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding and facility with critical terms and methods of the academic study of religion.
  • Students will articulate their own perspectives and commitments and draw connections with source materials.
  • Students will successfully identify a research problem derived from their own interests and questions.
  • Students will analyze scholarly resources, understand their conclusions and apply them towards their own argument.
  • Students will construct an article-length paper (6,000-8,000 words) that addresses a question, topic, figure or text of significant academic concern in a well-reasoned and intellectually responsible manner.
  • In presenting their work to an audience of faculty and students, students will coherently discuss their paper's argument and offer reasoned responses to questions raised by audience members.

Philosophy

  • Students will effectively apply academic learning to real-world problems.
  • Students will engage with academic topics in ways that demonstrate self-reflection.
  • Students will practice curiosity, initiative and independence through their study.
  • Students will interpret, analyze, construct, reconstruct and evaluate logical or philosophical arguments in such a way that illustrates an awareness and understanding of major logical or philosophical concepts, problems, principles, topics or texts.
  • Students will successfully identify a research problem derived from their own interests and questions.
  • Students will analyze scholarly resources, understand their conclusions, and apply them towards their own argument.
  • Students will construct an article-length paper (6,000-8,000 words) that that addresses a question, topic, figure or text of significant academic concern in a well-reasoned and intellectually responsible manner.
  • In presenting their work to an audience of faculty and students, students will coherently discuss their paper's argument and offer reasoned responses to questions raised by audience members.

Curriculum Maps

Philosophy and Religious Studies Curriculum Maps

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the program, please review the following: