Philosophy Course Descriptions

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PHL 126 Persons and Values 3 hours
General Education option; Prerequisite: None.

Offered every term.

This course is an introduction to philosophy by way of a critical examination of some classic problems that shape human experience, which may include issues concerning the nature of reality, human knowledge, the nature of the self, the nature of justice, and the nature of the good.

PHL 201 Western Philosophical Traditions I 3 hours
General Education option; Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107 or equivalent.

The history of western philosophy, from the pre-Socratics to Copernicus is covered in this class.  Special attention is paid to the ways in which ancient Greek philosophy sets the stage for Medieval and Renaissance philosophy.

PHL 202 Western Philosophical Traditions II 3 hours
General Education option; Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107 or equivalent.

The second half of the western philosophy sequence covers the period extending from the Renaissance to the present. Special attention is paid to the mutual influence of emerging scientific thought and the philosophy of the periods covered.

PHL 210 World Philosophical Traditions 3 hours
General Education option; Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107 or equivalent.

This course introduces philosophy by way of a historical survey of major philosophical traditions across the world’s cultures from antiquity to the present. Areas covered may include India, East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the West.

PHL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107 or equivalent.

The primary focus of this course is the application of concepts, ideas and theories from philosophical ethics to the ethical dilemmas that confront persons and societies today.  Issues to be covered may include abortion, assisted suicide, pornography, affirmative action, and gender discrimination, and other such issues.

PHL 225 Ethics 3 hours
General Education option; Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107 or equivalent.

Normative moral philosophy is studied in this class through a survey of the major positions and thinkers in the western philosophical tradition of ethics.

PHL 228 Ethics in the Health Professions 3 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105 or equivalent. ENG 107 or equivalent

This is a survey of basic ethical considerations in contemporary issues in the health care professions. Case studies highlight the legal and moral aspects of patients’ rights, care of the newborn, quality of life, geriatric care and transplant surgery.

PHL 276 Critical Thinking 3 hours
General Education option; Prerequisites: LS 105‚ ENG 107 or equivalent. Offered every term.

Critical thinking is a foundational course in the study of argumentation. The primary focus of the course is on the reconstruction, classification, analysis, and evaluation of arguments using both formal and informal techniques, but with a special emphasis on the concepts and techniques of informal logic.

PHL 291 Independent Study 1-3 hours
Prerequisites: PHL 126 or 276, ENG 108 or equivalent, and LS 105, permission of instructor and by arrangement with the department.

This is a directed readings course, to consist of a focused study of a student-selected topic in consultation with instructor.

PHL 325 Special Topics in Moral Philosophy 3 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 108, and any one of PHL 126, 210, or 276.

This course is a focused, analytical study of a single, significant moral issue in contemporary life. Topics will vary as they will be drawn from the contemporary context.

PHL 370 Social and Political Philosophy 3 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 108, and any one of PHL 126, 210, or 276.

This course comprises an in-depth study of both classic and contemporary problems in social and political philosophy, with emphasis on developing a comprehensive understanding of the concept of justice and of its application to contemporary issues. Writing intensive course.

PHL 382 Business and Professional Ethics 3 hours
Prerequisites: PHL 126‚ BUS 266‚ LS 105‚ ENG 108.

A descriptive survey of ethical theories and perspectives common to all professions is the subject of this course. Students will engage in reflection on contemporary ethical approaches through case studies and selected readings, and conduct analysis of some major dilemmas in business and other professions.

PHL 395 Directed Study 1-3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, LS 105, any one of PHL 126, 210, or 276, and permission of instructor by arrangement with the department.

This is a directed research course, to consist of a focused study of a student-selected topic in consultation with instructor.

PHL 396 Philosophy of Religion 3 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 108, and any one of PHL 126 or 276.

Among the topics to be studied in this class are: the meaning of God and the logic of God-talk; arguments for and against the existence of God; the peculiarity of religious language; critical views of religion as myth and as worldview.

PHL 491  Independent Study 1-3 hours
Prerequisites: LS 105, and ENG 108, PHL 126, 210, or 276, normally at least 12 hours in philosophy, permission of the

instructor by arrangement with the department.

This is an advanced research course focused on a student-selected topic in consultation with instructor.

PHL 496 Senior Research Project 3-4 hours
Prerequisites: Philosophy major; by arrangement with the department; completion of 21 credit hours in philosophy, including all other major requirements.

This is the capstone course in the philosophy major. Students will study and generate independent and original work on a substantive philosophical issue, and formally present their findings to students and faculty in a departmental or interdepartmental setting.

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