1. Philosophy majors should be able to demonstrate through writing, presentations, and dialogical engagement a coherent grasp of the meaning and significance of the history of philosophy, of the basic metaphysical questions, of the issues of epistemology, of the significant metaethical theories, and of the theological and philosophical importance of the philosophy of religion.
  2. Philosophy majors should be able to demonstrate in writing and discussion an integrated understanding of the parameters of the Christian worldview including its biblical roots, theological shape, and its impact upon the philosophical discourse.
  3. Philosophy majors should be able to logically analyze assumptions, identify issues, identify various methods of argumentation, critique the validity of conclusions, and understand the impact of ideas both philosophically and historically.
  4. Philosophy majors should demonstrate critical writing skills that exhibit growing mastery of the critical analysis of issues arising within philosophical discourse, the creative and critical construction of arguments, careful and clear writing, and reflective engagement with central implications inherent in worldview presuppositions.
  5. Philosophy majors should demonstrate, in the capstone reflection paper, a growing awareness of the intersection of faith and reason, of the missional character of "thinking Christianly," of individual calling and global purpose, and of the nature of service to others.