The study of philosophy is an essential part of a comprehensive liberal education. The UMass Lowell Philosophy program provides such an education by linking the areas of humanities and sciences. Its courses appeal to majors and non-majors alike by intersecting with many other disciplines, including natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, and liberal arts. The program extends knowledge of the philosophical traditions of the world as well as develops skills in problem solving and critical analytical abilities. The students who explore philosophy become familiar with the universal ideas of human thought and learns to apply them to the understanding of contemporary and future problems. Upon the completion of the Philosophy major, graduates will be able to enter careers in media communication, education, scientific research, business, law, politics, and other areas. They will also be prepared to continue their education in graduate schools in liberal arts, sciences, social studies, and law.
Requirements of the Major
Upon completion of the Philosophy major, a graduate will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major traditions of human thought.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply analytical and problem-solving skills to a wide array of problems.
- Be able to analyze, critique, and apply persuasive arguments in a disciplined and systematic way.
- Demonstrate the ability to use oral and written communication to effectively communicate a point of view.
- Be able to analyze problems of human value and meaning within the context of the traditions of moral philosophy.
- Demonstrate the ability to pursue independent study (read and reflect on) of philosophical works.
Communications and Critical Thinking Program
The Communications and Critical Thinking combines philosophical knowledge with the means of effective communication as essential for those who seek careers in public relations, law, journalism, advertising, commerce, theology, education, and other related fields. It provides training in the latest media technologies and in timeless communication skills to produce effective arguments, critical reasoning, and logical evaluation of competing views. Students learn how to refine their oral and written communication skills to express the systematic and disciplined ways of thinking.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes: Communications Subprogram
Upon the completion of this program, in addition to the outcomes listed above, the graduate will:
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills applicable to many different pursuits, including law, business, journalism, and entertainment.
- Be able to critically analyze particular communications and understand how to respond appropriately.
- Master strategies for effective and clear communication of one’s ideas.
- Understand and appreciate the role of communications in human society.