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2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy Program

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UC Merced’s philosophy program combines traditional approaches to philosophy with interdisciplinary and applied approaches, which are on the leading edge of the field. The program has special emphases in (1) applied ethics and political philosophy, and (2) philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the material they study in traditional ways, including critical written analyses and written exams, but are also expected to make use of non-traditional methods. Examples include incorporating readings from outside of the philosophy literature, conceptual analysis of non-philosophical texts (such as scientific texts and policy analyses), and in some cases computer and mathematical modeling projects.

Philosophy Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, we expect students minoring in philosophy to master all of the following:

  1. Logic: Identify and assess the logic of arguments.
  2. Topics: Identify and explain the central questions within major topics of philosophical research.
  3. Ideas: Describe the contributions of major thinkers in the philosophical canon.
  4. Application: Apply philosophical knowledge (from logic, topics, or ideas) to a subject in another discipline, and/or apply knowledge from another discipline to a subject in philosophy.

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