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Philosophy - Masters
Philosophy - College of Liberal Arts
Program Coordinator: CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS

Mission Statement
The M.A. program in Philosophy seeks to aid our students in becoming philosophic by helping them to acquire a knowledge of the intellectual tradition of philosophy and to develop their critical and creative intellectual capacities through reading, writing and discussion.
 
Student Learning Outcomes

THESIS PLAN: Knowledge of intellectual traditions of philosophy; ability to argue and interpret; development of critical and creative intellectual capacities
Student Performance IndicatorsAssessment Method
  • Completion of 30 credits of graduate coursework (6 to 9 of which may be outside the department in an approved subject area.
  • Completion of 18 credits in 700-level classes.
  • Where desired, preparation for further graduate study.
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a thesis; showing proficiency on thesis topic and knowledge of the broader field.
  • recommended study of a foreign language (especially for students intending to go on to further graduate study.
  • Completion of coursework (with timely movement to completion.
  • Completion of required 700-level classes.
  • Placement in graduate program (where appropriate).
  • Exit interviews.
  • Alumni surveys at three-year intervals for twelve years with attention to jobs attained, publications, achievement of tenure and promotion or other suitable job advancement (in both academic and non academic careers) or other favorable outcome of the degree.
  • Committee of the whole meets once a year to discuss each student's overall performance and achievement of the SPIs (materials attesting to the SPIs to be solicited or collected by the graduate coordinator for the meeting).
  • Passing comprehensive exams; showing proficiency in argument and interpretation on the selected topics as well as more general critical and creative abilities in the field (student's advisor to discuss exam with student after completion).
  • Completion and defense of thesis (with timely movement to completion); thesis shows strong knowledge in the topics selected as well as argumentative and interpretive proficiency and more general critical and creative abilities.
  • Study of a foreign language.

NON THESIS PLAN: Knowledge of intellectual traditions of philosophy; ability to argue and interpret; development of critical and creative intellectual capacities
Student Performance IndicatorsAssessment Method
  • Completion of 33 credits of graduate coursework (9 to 12 of which may be outside the department in an approved subject area).
  • Completion of 18 credits in 700-level classes.
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Recommended study of a foreign language (especially for students intending to go on to further graduate study).
  • Completion of coursework (with timely movement to completion).
  • Completion of required 700-level classes.
  • Passing comprehensive exams; showing proficiency in argument and interpretation on the selected topics as well as more general critical and creative proficiency in the field (student's advisor to discuss exam with student after completion).
  • Study of a foreign language.
  • placement in graduate program (where appropriate).
  • Exit interviews.
  • Alumni surveys at three-year intervals for twelve years with attention to jobs attained, publications, achievement of tenure and promotion or other suitable job advancement (in both academic and non academic careers) or other favorable outcome of the degree.
  • Committee of the whole meets once a year to discuss each student's overall performance and achievement of the SPIs (materials attesting to the SPIs solicited and collected by the graduate coordinator for the meeting).

 
Use of Results

At the annual meeting mentioned above, desired changes will be discussed and a plan made to implement them.

 
Implementation Plan
The department's graduate coordinator will solicit and collect materials attesting to the SPIs and will conduct the meeting to discuss them and to agree on the plan to implement them.

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University of Nevada, Reno
Last Program Update: 6/28/2012