Philosophy & Interdisciplinary Studies

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies provides excellent integrated education to students at UA Little Rock. We encourage students to approach education as a life-long learning process and as an end in itself by creating a rich mentoring environment and challenging, rewarding curricula. We emphasize the necessity for all our students to learn critical thinking skills, to read well, to write well, and to recognize the importance of reflecting on their ideas and values. We foster situations in which students have opportunities to apply these invaluable skills with both historically-oriented and case-based learning techniques and with continual discussion of real-world implications. The department strongly supports diversity in curriculum and education and aims to extend that commitment to activities outside the classroom, supporting student engagement across campus and explicitly recognizing our roles as student educational advocates.

Department Vision

The Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies is committed to strengthening its commitment to student success and broadening its recognition for excellence in teaching and community service.

Teaching

We will maintain a rigorous, philosophically relevant curriculum and work to build our base of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies majors and minors. We will strive to enhance our curriculum with state of the art technological advances in online and face-to-face instruction and will keep our program responsive to disciplinary, professional, and economic pressures. We will continue to enhance student learning by improving upon and adding to additional departmental facilities and space. A designated student lounge will be available to students and will include computer access, areas for student organization and club activities, and a small library. We will work to increase book donations to the department library.

Community Outreach and Recruitment

Further, we will continue to build our already rich community outreach activities by increasing high school administrator, teacher, and student involvement in the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl, as well as increasing our UA Little Rock recruitment efforts for the university’s Ethics Bowl Team. We will foster relationships with leaders of the metropolitan community of which UA Little Rock is a part by inviting guests to campus to attend and participate in these events. We will commit to partnering with community organizations when relevant to do so on all conference and related activities.

Mentoring

We will continue to foster contexts in which students are encouraged to spend time outside of the classroom involved in extra-curricular activities and department sponsored events with faculty. We will remain active participants in our students’ academic lives.

Implementation of Mission and Vision

Philosophy Program Goals

The BA in Philosophy is designed to enable students to:

  1. communicate a clear understanding of historical and contemporary philosophical inquiry;
  2. demonstrate an ability to think independently about a philosophical topic or problem;
  3. clearly articulate and support their own views.
Student Learning Objectives

Students completing a BA in Philosophy will be able to:

  1. explain how a particular thinker has attempted to address a philosophical problem, and the significance of that thinker’s approach;
  2. critically analyze a philosophical argument concerning a particular topic or problem;
  3. articulate arguments of their own in support of a philosophical thesis.

 

rev. 4/2018