Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (PHIL 1301) -- 3 sem. hrs.

An examination of major philosophical issues such as the existence of God, freedom and determinism, moral rights and obligations, and the nature and limits of human knowledge. (Replacing PHIL 3310)

INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING. (PHIL 2303) -- 3 sem. hrs.

Basic principles and techniques used in understanding, constructing, and evaluating arguments. Topics covered may include formal methods of analyzing arguments, informal fallacies, scientific reasoning, and moral arguments. (Replacing PHIL 3305)

MODERN PHILOSOPHY (PHIL 3322) -- 3 sem. hrs.

Study of some of the major philosophical developments of the 17th-20th centuries.

FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS (PHIL 3340) -- 3 sem. hrs.

Overview of ethical theories and basic principles of ethical reasoning. Application to ethical problems arising in public policy debates, and in the practice of various professional fields. (This course satisfies the University core requirement for philosophy.) (Formerly PHIL 340)

ISSUES IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (PHIL 4331) -- 3 sem. hrs.

Standard philosophical methods are used to explore such issues such as the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, and the relationship between morality and religion.

TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY (PHIL 4390) -- 3 sem. hrs.

Study of important philosophical themes and figures. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Formerly PHIL 490). Recent topics courses included:

  • Environmental Ethics (A study of conceptual and moral issues concerning the growth of the human population, consumption of resources, animal rights, and the moral status of nature and species).
  • Minds and Machines
  • Meaning of Life
  • American Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Love and Sex
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Psychology
  • Issues in Medical Ethics
  • Eastern Spirituality and Western Thought
  • Zen: Culture, Practice, and Art
  • Philosophy and Science Fiction

DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDY. (PHIL 4396) -- 1-3 sem. hrs.

Offered on application. (Formerly PHIL 496) Recent studies included:

  • Advanced Logic
  • Beginning Logic
  • Dangerous Philosophy
  • Thought Experiments in Philosophy and Science Fiction
  • Wittgenstein