Department of Languages & Philosophy

Student Learning Outcomes


Students who acquire a major or minor in philosophy are capable of:

  • Critical Thinking: Identifying the rational bases of ideas and theories and the difference between good and bad reasons for belief.
  • Inquiry and Analysis: posing difficult questions and understanding the complexities of their possible answers.
  • Reading Comprehension: analyzing and interpreting abstract and difficult philosophical writing.

French, German, and Spanish

1. Students who acquire a major or a minor in French, Spanish, or German are able to:

  • Narrate and describe in all major time frames
  • Speak about a variety of topics
  • Participate as a full conversational partner, initiating exchanges as well as responding
  • Write about a variety of topics
  • Discuss abstract subjects and supporting opinions
  • Read texts on a variety of topics and think about them critically
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major schools of thought and literary movements and a basic outline of key historical events of the relevant cultures
  • Read and critically analyze literature
  • Demonstrate familiarity with how we learn languages and how languages function

2. Graduates certifying to teach:

  • Have a sound understanding of theories and approaches to teaching
  • Are capable of designing lesson plans for language classes for grades 7-12
  • Are capable of incorporating culture into their lessons
  • Writing: expressing abstract and complex philosophical ideas and theories in clear, precise, and logical prose.