Student Learning Outcomes

At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hood College:

  1. Identify and examine historically significant philosophical perspectives of a range of thinkers, movements and ideas in the history of philosophy through:
    • Identifying and examining some historically significant ancient and/or medieval philosophers, their argument, and their ideas;
    • Identifying and examining some historically significant modern and/or influential contemporary philosophical perspectives; and
    • Identifying and examining at least one philosophical perspective that is outside of the Western European intellectual tradition.
  2. Learn to do philosophy and to use the standard methodologies of philosophers through:
    • Demonstrating the ability to analyze and evaluate arguments and to construct good arguments;
    • Recognizing fallacies and to prove arguments valid using symbolic (sentential) logic; and
    • Writing a substantial philosophical paper integrating primary and secondary sources.
  3. Critically think about and apply normative ethics and values through:
    • Demonstrating knowledge of various normative (prescriptive) ethical theories;
    • Engaging in respectful critical discourse about differing ethical theories and practices; and
    • Appling ethical theories to practical moral problems and issues.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in religion from Hood College:

  1. Acquaint students with central features of diverse global religious beliefs through:
    • Interpreting canonical religious texts, and
    • Acquiring basic knowledge of the central beliefs of multiple global religious traditions and their historical development.
  2. Acquaint students with basic structure of religious experience through:
    • Analyzing the material culture and lived experience of multiple global religious traditions, and
    • Acquiring responsible methods of comparing the religious practices of multiple global religious traditions.
  3. Acquaint students with basic mechanics of critical thinking about values through:
    • Identifying the values endemic to religious texts and to adherent’s descriptions of religious practices;
    • Engaging in respectful critical discourse about differing religious and secular perspectives; and
    • Acquiring cohesive and persuasive academic writing skills.