ACADEMICS

  • Philosophy Courses

    PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    An introduction to the fundamentals of philosophy: its vocabulary, problems, and methods.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    PH 101 Ancient Western Philosophy
    An introduction to fundamental topics in Western philosophy through works by philosophers including Plato and
    Aristotle.
    Typically offered at least every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 102 History of Modern Western Philosophy, 1600-1800
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Engages central topics of Western philosophy through study of important modern philosophers, typically from
    Descartes through Kant.
    Typically offered at least every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 110 Critical Thinking

    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture
    An examination of critical thinking through informal logical analysis of argument styles, including identification of
    fallacious arguments.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    PH 115 Logic 1
    LASC—Quantitative Reasoning
    A study of introductory symbolic (formal) logic, covering sentential logic and the foundations of predicate logic.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    PH 130 Ethics: Human Conduct and Values
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    An examination of the nature of morality and value and their place in the world of human action.
    Offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    PH 131 Medical Ethics
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    An introductory-level examination of various ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, cloning and other genetics
    issues, access to healthcare, race and healthcare, and women’s health.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 132 Business Ethics
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    An introduction to ethical theory and issues such as truth-in-advertising, product liability, affirmative action, employer
    and employee rights and duties, whistle blowing, and corporate responsibility.
    Typically offered at least every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 133 Social and Political Ethics

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Investigates major social and political theories and their applications to selected problems of justice.
    Typically offered every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 150 Women in Western Ideas
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Investigates the concept of "woman" from ancient Greece to the present.
    Typically offered every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 151 Race, Gender and the Law
    LASC—Constitutions; Thought, Language, and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World
    A philosophical approach to issues of race and gender as expressed in legislation, judicial interpretation, enforcement,
    and public policy.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 152 Philosophy of Love and Sex

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Individual and Community Well-Being; Diversity Across the
    Curriculum

    Investigates the concepts of love and sex and structural and discursive factors contributing to our daily
    experiences of these phenomena.
    Typically offered every year. 3 credits.
     

    PH 163 Philosophy on Television
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World
    An introduction to philosophy through philosophical writings on popular television shows.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 170 Ancient Chinese Philosophies in a Cultural Perspective
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Examines ancient Chinese philosophies of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and neo-Confucianism in the context
    of contemporary developments in China; Communism, Capitalism, and Western influences considered.
    Typically offered every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 171 Buddhism: Theory and Meditative Experience
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Examines the origins, texts, principles, and practices of Buddhist philosophy including the Four Noble Truths and
    Eightfold Path for individual practice.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.

    PH 172 Asian Philosophies and Contemporary Perspectives
    LASC—Global Perspectives
    Studies the philosophies of India, China, Japan, and the vitality of ancient traditions in a time of cultural change:
    Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Jainism, Hinduism and Islam.
    Typically offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    PH 177 Introduction to Latin American Philosophy
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; Global Perspectives; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    An introduction to many of the principal texts, thinkers, and debates within Latin American philosophy.
    Typically offered every year. 3 credits.
     
    PH 178 Africana Philosophy
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Explores philosophy of the African diaspora in African, African American, and Caribbean writings.
    Typically offered every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 180 Sports and Philosophy
    LASC—Individual and Community Well-Being
    Examines key ethical and other issues in sports, including competition, fair play, sportspersonship, drug use, race
    and gender, and violence.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 190 Special Topics in Philosophy
    LASC—Varies by topic. See current course listing for specific LASC area approved.
    An introductory philosophy course on a current or specialized topic.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 193 Special Topics in Philosophy for First-Year Students
    All "193" courses are approved for LASC, but area(s) of approval might vary by section. See current course listing for specific
    LASC area approval.

    An introductory course covering a topic of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 201 19th Century European Philosophy
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Engages the radical new philosophical ideas developed on the European Continent in the 19th Century, beginning
    with Hegel.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 202 Selected Topic in 20th – 21st Century Western Philosophy

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Addresses a specific topic in 20th – 21st Century Western Philosophy. The topic will be indicated in each PH 202
    registration listing.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 215 Logic 2
    LASC—Quantitative Reasoning
    Prerequisite: PH 115
    A study of intermediate symbolic (formal) logic, including multi-placed predicates and identity.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 220 Philosophy of Mind
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    An investigation of the relationship between mental processes and physical states, and the implications for such
    issues as personal identity and free will.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 221 Existentialism and Phenomenology
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; Global Perspectives

    Examines the Existentialist movement of the first half of the 20th Century.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 231 Philosophy of Law
    LASC—Constitutions; Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity
    Across the Curriculum

    Prerequisite: EN 102
    Survey of the legal theories and issues and the philosophical bases of key legal and related political concepts.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 240 Political Theory
    LASC—Thought, Language, and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World
    Investigates concepts including political power, equality, revolution, liberties, slavery, socialism, liberalism, patriarchal
    power, race, and gender.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 241 Genocide and Human Rights
    LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World
    Treats the ethical, political, and other dimensions of systematic mass violence through case studies and general
    theoretical analyses.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 242 Race, Nation, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
    Examines these five important social categories that define the political, legal, economic, and cultural contexts in
    which we live.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 250 Global Feminisms
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Investigates the theoretical underpinnings of women's movements for equal rights around the globe.
    Typically offered at least every 3 years. 3 credits.
     

    PH 251 Mass Violence Against Women

    LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World
    A philosophy-based, interdisciplinary course examining historical and contemporary mass violence against women.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 260 Philosophy of Science

    LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; Thought, Language, and Culture
    Critically investigates such questions as: What distinguishes sciences from pseudo-sciences? When is a theory
    confirmed? What is a law of nature?
    Typically offered at least every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 261 Philosophy of Religion
    An examination of the roles of faith and reason in beliefs concerning a deity and in such issues as the problem of evil.
    Typically offered at least every two years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 263 Film and Philosophy
    LASC—Global Perspectives; Thought, Language, and Culture
    An intermediate study of films presenting philosophical ideas and of philosophical ideas about film.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 264 Philosophy of Education
    Examines philosophical approaches to education through readings of various authors such as Plato, Rousseau,
    Wollstonecraft, and Dewey.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 290 Advanced Special Topics in Philosophy

    LASC—Varies by topic. See current course listing for specific LASC area approved.
    A treatment of a current or specialized topic for students beyond the introductory level.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 301 Individual Figure in the History of Western Philosophy
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    Studies a specific Western philosopher. The philosopher for a given semester will be indicated in the course
    registration listings.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 302 Topics in American Philosophy
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    Treats a selected set of topics in the history of philosophy in the United States.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 320 Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    A study of selected topics in theories of mind, language, and knowledge.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 340 Selected Topic in Social and Political Philosophy
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    Explores a particular social and political issue, as indicated in the registration course listing, from a philosophical
    perspective.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 360 Philosophy of History

    LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World
    Prerequisite: One semester of philosophy
    Explores the different philosophical approaches to the study and writing of history and the nature of historical change
    and development.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 361 Philosophy of Art
    Prerequisite: One semester of philosophy
    An investigation of the nature of aesthetic experience.
    Typically offered at least every three years. 3 credits.
     
    PH 390 Independent Study
    Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor
    An individual or small group student study, under the guidance of a faculty member, of a special philosophical topic
    not covered in other course offerings.
    3 credits.
     
    PH 391 Internship in Philosophy
    Prerequisite: EN 102
    Provides an opportunity for mid-level or advanced students to increase their philosophical knowledge and
    understanding.
    3 credits.
     
    PH 408 Directed Study
    Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when
    offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with
    agreement from a faculty member.