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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

Philosophy Learning Outcomes
Courses taken in fulfillment of the major in Philosophy will be assessed with regards to four learning objectives:

  1. Students will recognize historical approaches to traditional philosophical problems
  2. Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze and evaluate logical arguments
  3. Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret, construct, and evaluate philosophical arguments
  4. Students will complete research on a topic of significant philosophical interest

Religious Studies Learning Outcomes
Courses taken in fulfillment of the major in Religious Studies will be assessed with regards to four learning objectives (two of which will vary according to track):

Level II Objective -- Most courses in the major satisfy the Level II requirement in Religious Studies. As such, they share an objective that encompasses critical thinking within the field:"Recognize and apply methods for the interpretation and application of sources of tradition."

  • Track One: Theological Studies -- Students in the Theological Studies track will cultivate a number of competencies, but will be assessed with regards to two learning objectives (assessed largely at the 300-level):

    1. Recognize and apply the principles and methods of Christian theological reflection
    2. Adapt the practice of Christian theological reflection to specific contexts.
  • Track Two: Religion, Politics and Civil Society -- Like the Theological Studies track, this track will be assessed (at the 300-level) with regards to two learning objectives:
    1. Examine the role of religion in the formation and resolution of social problems
    2. Analyze the role of religion and inter-religious interaction in civil society

Religious Studies Capstone Objective
Regardless of their track, all majors in Religious Studies will be assessed in the capstone objective associated with mature engagement with the phenomenon of religion: "Complete research necessary to explore students' own interests."

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: