Philosophy

 

Designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts background of study during their first and second years of college with an emphasis on philosophy. > more

 

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

PHILOSOPHY & 101
Introduction to Philosophy (5)

A survey of the principal theories and arguments of historically influential philosophers from ancient times to the modern era, with an emphasis on understanding how philosophical ideas have affected world history. Previously Phil 101. Prerequisite: Recommend successful completion of ENG 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 102
Contemporary Moral Problems (5)

Students examine a variety of different ethical standpoints and theories which they apply to moral issues such as war, human trafficking, capital punishment, human rights, animal rights, euthanasia, the environment, abortion, racial and ethnic discrimination, social justice, and issues of gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: Recommend successful completion of ENGL 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY & 115
Critical Thinking (5)

An informal, non-symbolic introduction to logic and critical thinking emphasizing real-life examples, natural language applications, and the informal logical fallacies. Previously PHIL 115. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY & 120
Symbolic Logic (5)

Introduction to modern symbolic logic emphasizing sentence logic with translation and proofs and quantificational logic with translation and proofs. Previously PHIL& 106. Prerequisite: MATH 099 (2.0 or better) or MATH 097 AND MATH 098 (2.0 or better) or a score of 85 or higher on the Algebra COMPASS test (or equivalent score on SAT, ACT or ASSET.) Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 210
Comparative Religion (5)

A comparative survey of the history, beliefs and practices of major religions and religious traditions around the world. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism, Shintoism, Native American traditions and traditions of other indigenous peoples, Witchcraft, and so forth. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 240
Introduction to Ethics (5)

Examination of historically significant philosophical theories of right and wrong, good and bad, human rights, and ideals of freedom emphasizing classic writers such as Plato, Confucius, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, and Rawls. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 or equivalent recommended. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 248
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (5)

Critical discussion of the philosophical, psychological, ethical under pinnings of human behavior in the Criminal Justice system, including ethical challenges and issues of multiculturalism within the Criminal Justice system. Mandatory decimal grading.

PHILOSOPHY 267
Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (5)

Examination of fundamental questions pertaining to religion using the distinctive methods of philosophy. Topics include: Arguments for and against the existence of God. Problem of evil. The soul. Immortality. Faith vs reason, science and religion. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 295
Special Topics in Philosophy (5)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in philosophy. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 297
Individual Project in Philosophy (1)

Individual project in a specific area of philosophy. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 298
Individual Project in Philosophy (2)

Individual project in a specific area of philosophy. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.

PHILOSOPHY 299
Individual Project in Philosophy (3)

Individual project in a specific area of philosophy. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.