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Philosophy involves an ongoing attempt to analyze, interpret, and rationally explain what people believe, value, and do. Philosophy courses acquaint students with the great ideas of Eastern and Western civilization and assist them in developing philosophical orientations of their own. Courses in philosophy serve both philosophy majors and those who wish to study philosophy as part of the common heritage of educated men and women.

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The Major

The major requires 24 credits in philosophy, including three courses in the history of philosophy (chosen from PHI 3000, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3145, 3150, 3155, 3165, and 3170), one course in logic ( PHI 1600 or  PHI 3010), and a capstone course, chosen from among the special topics courses ( PHI 4900 and  PHI 4905), the senior seminar ( PHI 5010), or one honors course ( PHI 6001H-6003H).

A student who uses PHI 1500PHI 1600, or  PHI 1700 to satisfy the philosophy requirement of the base curriculum may not also use that course toward the 24 credits required for the major.

A student who uses  PHI 1600 toward the base curriculum has fulfilled the logic requirement of the major but must complete the 24 credits required for the major in addition to  PHI 1600.

All courses in the Department of Philosophy listed below are 3 credits except  PHI 5000-5004 and  PHI 6001H, which have variable credits.

Base Curriculum Courses
Major Issues in Philosophy3 credits
Logic and Moral Reasoning3 credits
Ethical Theories3 credits

Required Courses

History of Philosophy   (choose three)
Phenomenology and Existentialism3 credits
Ancient Greek Philosophy3 credits
Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages3 credits
Modern European Philosophy3 credits
Nineteenth Century Philosophy3 credits
Philosophy in the Twentieth-Century3 credits
Philosophies from India3 credits
Classical Buddhism3 credits
Classical Chinese Philosophy3 credits

Logic   (choose one)
Logic and Moral Reason3 credits
Symbolic Logic3 credits

Capstone   (choose one)
Special Topics in Value Theory3 credits
Special Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology3 credits
Senior Seminar3 credits
Philosophy Honors I-III3 credits


Electives

Social and Cultural Philosophy
Ethical Theories3 credits
Philosophy of Law3 credits
Philosophy of Psychology3 credits
Philosophy of Film and Photography3 credits
Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics3 credits
Political Philosophy3 credits
Philosophy of Art3 credits
Crime and Punishment3 credits

Philosophy of Knowledge and Reality
Major Issues in Philosophy3 credits
Phenomenology and Existentialism3 credits
Symbolic Logic3 credits
Thought and Reality3 credits
Philosophy of Psychology3 credits
Minds and Computers3 credits
Philosophy of Science3 credits

Applied and Professional Ethics
Ethics, Economics, and the Business System3 credits
Art and Public Policy3 credits
Environmental Ethics3 credits
Computer Ethics3 credits

Variable or Independent
Special Studies in Philosophy3 credits
Independent Studyvariable
Senior Seminar3 credits
Philosophy Honors I-IIIvariable

 

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The Minor

The philosophy minor requires the completion of two philosophy courses numbered 3000 or higher and one capstone course ( PHI 4900 Special Topics in Philosophy or  PHI 4905 Special Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology.)

 

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Courses
Courses in Philosophy (PHI)

Major Issues in Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Logic and Moral Reasoning

3 hours; 3 credits

Global Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

Major Issues in Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Logic and Moral Reasoning

3 hours; 3 credits

Ancient Greek Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

"Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages"

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern European Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

American Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Chinese Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Ethical Theories

3 hours; 3 credits

GREAT WORKS OF PHILOSOPHY I

4 hours; 3 credits

GREAT WORKS OF PHILOSOPHY II

4 hours; 3 credits

Special Studies Phil

3 hours; 3 credits

Phenomenology and Existentialism

3 hours; 3 credits

Symbolic Logic

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophy of Law

3 hours; 3 credits

Thought and Reality

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophy and Psychology (Cross-listed with PSY)

3 hours; 3 credits

Mind and Computers

3 hours; 3 credits

Communication Law and Free Speech

3 hours; 3 credits

"Ethics, Economics, and the Business System"

3 hours; 3 credits

Art and Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHIL OF FILM & PHOTO

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophy and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

Ancient Greek Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

"Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages"

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern European Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Nineteenth Century Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophy in the Twentieth-Century

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Chinese Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Environmental Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

Experimental Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Political Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophy of Art

3 hours; 3 credits

Philosophy of Science

3 hours; 3 credits

Crime and Punishment

3 hours; 3 credits

Computer Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

Spec Studies Phi

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Topics in Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology

3 hours; 3 credits

Ind Stud Phi I

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Phi II

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Phi III

Hours and credits to be arranged

Ind Stud Phi IV

Hours and credits to be arranged

Senior Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Maj Issues Phi

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Ethical Theories

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Maj Issues Phi

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Ethical Theories

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Environ Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Philosophy I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Hon Philosophy II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Hon Philosophy III

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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