Philosophy Courses

List of Courses:
  • 120 - Critical Thinking
    This course is an introduction to logic and basic argument. Students identify, analyze, evaluate, and construct basic arguments.
  • 150 - Introduction to Philosophy
    An introductory inquiry into the nature of philosophy, examining various branches of the discipline, typically including epistemology, aesthetics, metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of mind. Attention is given to both classic and contemporary philosophers. Primary source readings form the base of the course.
  • 170 - Film and Philosophy
    This course is a survey of philosophical ideas as they appear in films and written texts. The course is not a philosophical study of film so much as it a study of philosophical ideas through film. Basic themes covered through film include but are not limited to ethics, free-will, metaphysics, and epistemology.
  • 220 - Introduction to Ethics
    An exploration of western moral philosophy, focusing on issues of moral duty, rights, and the nature of the good. The course offers a critical survey of traditional ethical theories and provides an introduction to contemporary responses.
  • 221 - Topics in Philosophy
    A seminar for lower division students on a topic of current philosophic interest. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 222 - Feminist Philosophy
    This course explores the connections between traditional western philosophy and recent feminist discourse. Students consider ways in which feminists have criticized traditional philosophy and ask whether these criticisms are justifiable. Students examine ways in which feminist scholars have infused the discipline of philosophy with revisions or alternatives to philosophical thinking and evaluate the validity of these new insights.
  • 223 - The Problem of Evil
    This course traces a long-standing issue of human thought: the problem of evil. Students use several philosophers' work on the subject in conjunction with both historical and theoretical situations that have motivated the agelong human question: why do bad things happen to good people?
  • 230 - Philosophic Classics
    An introduction to philosophy through the study of classic texts in philosophy.
  • 235 - Philosophy and Race
    Considers current philosophical thinking about race, ethnicity, identity, and culture. Examines the notion of race itself, and applies analytic and empathic skills to complex issues such as racial constructions, racial tensions, and public policies such as affirmative action.
  • 245 - History of Philosophy Survey
    A rapid survey of philosophy from earliest to most recent times to provide context and a timeline for other studies.
  • 250 - Contemporary Moral Problems
    Introductory study of various moral and social problems facing society today. Topics may include abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, animal rights, racial inequities, sexual orientation, pornography, and cloning. Readings in applied ethics and the critiquing of arguments form the basis for the course.
  • 252 - Philosophy of Religion
    A philosophical analysis of concepts, claims, and arguments that have traditionally been employed in support of and in challenge to religious belief. Topics typically include proofs for God's existence, the problem of evil, arguments against belief in God, and the possibility of life after death.
  • 255 - Global Ethics
    Course focuses on ethics and moral problems both as they relate to the world community and from various standpoints within that community. Ethical traditions from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America are considered. Intercultural moral conflicts are examined from a wide array of religious, cultural, and moral vantage points. More sensitivity, understanding, and assessment of needs are stressed.
  • 265 - Business Ethics
    This course focuses on major philosophical and ethical questions surrounding modern western business practices. Students receive a brief introduction to moral philosophy, become familiar with important literature in the field of business ethics, and begin to understand the place of morality in business.
  • 275 - Aesthetics
    Philosophical inquiry into the nature of art, the aesthetic experience, and aesthetic appreciation.
  • 280 - Classics of Political Thought
    Exploration of the most important writings of authors who have had a profound impact on the West's conception of politics. The emphasis is on original texts by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Machiavelli, and Marx. Also listed as POLS 280.
  • 311 - Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
    Philosophical ideas of the ancient and medieval worlds with emphasis on the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas.
  • 311C - Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
  • 312 - 17th & 18th C Philosophy
    Philosophical ideas of the 17th and 18th centuries. Emphasized: rationalist and empiricist movements.
  • 313 - 19th & 20th C Philosophy
    Philosophical ideas of the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasized: idealist, existential, pragmatic, and analytical movements.
  • 320 - Ethical Theory
    This course in moral philosophy examines historical and contemporary ethical theories and their problems. Students study three classical theories (i.e., Aristotle's virtue ethics, Kant's deontology, and Mill's Utilitarianism) as well as more recent approaches concerning rights and justice (e.g., care ethics and discourse ethics). Prerequisite: three semester hours in philosophy.
  • 321 - Epistemology
    Exploration of classical and contemporary theories of knowledge and truth inclusive of theories of mind.
  • 402 - Advanced Topics in Philosophy
    This course is an advanced seminar for upper division students on a topic of current philosophical interest. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ. Prerequisite: PHIL 120.
  • 421 - Seminar in Philosophy
    A seminar in a selected problem or topic in philosophy. Course content varies from year to year. Research and writing techniques are developed. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be repeated up to a total of six semester hours provided the topics differ.
  • 440 - Capstone in Philosophy
    Independent reading, research, and writing on a topic of philosophical interest. The product is a high quality thesis paper demonstrating original thought, philosophical maturity, and depth. Required for the major.