Field Description

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.

 

The Major

The major requires 24 credits in philosophy, including three courses in the history of philosophy (chosen from , , , , , , , , and ), one course in logic ( or ), and a capstone course, chosen from among the special topics courses ( and ), the senior seminar (), or one honors course ().

A student who uses , or  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  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 .

All courses in the Department of Philosophy listed below are 3 credits except 
 and , which have variable credits.

Base Curriculum Courses

PHI 1500

Major Issues in Philosophy3 credits

PHI 1600

Logic and Moral Reasoning3 credits

PHI 1700

Global Ethics3 credits

Required Courses

History of Philosophy   (choose three)
Philosophies from India3 credits 
Classical Buddhism3 credits 
Classical Chinese Philosophy3 credits

PHI 3000

Existentialism in Philosophy and Literature3 credits

PHI 3120

Ancient Greek Philosophy3 credits

PHI 3130

Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages3 credits

PHI 3140

Modern European Philosophy3 credits

PHI 3145

Nineteenth Century Philosophy3 credits

PHI 3150

Philosophy in the Twentieth-Century3 credits

Logic   (choose one)

PHI 1600

Logic and Moral Reason3 credits

PHI 3010

Symbolic Logic3 credits

Capstone   (choose one)

PHI 4900

Special Topics in Philosophy3 credits

PHI 4905

Special Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology3 credits

PHI 5010

Senior Seminar3 credits

PHI 6001H-6003H

Philosophy Honors I-III3 credits


Electives

Social and Cultural Philosophy

PHI 1700

Global Ethics3 credits

PHI 3020

Philosophy of Law3 credits

PHI 3035

Philosophy of Psychology ()3 credits

PHI 3060

Philosophy of Film and Photography3 credits

PHI 3210

Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics3 credits

PHI 3230

Political Philosophy3 credits

PHI 3240

Philosophy of Art3 credits

PHI 3260

Crime and Punishment3 credits

Philosophy of Knowledge and Reality

PHI 1500

Major Issues in Philosophy3 credits

PHI 3000

Existentialism in Philosophy and Literature3 credits

PHI 3010

Symbolic Logic3 credits

PHI 3030

Thought and Reality ()3 credits

PHI 3035

Philosophy of Psychology ()3 credits

PHI 3040

Minds and Computers3 credits

PHI 3250

Philosophy of Science3 credits

Applied and Professional Ethics

PHI 3050

Ethics, Economics, and the Business System3 credits
Moral Problems of Life and Death 3 credits 

PHI 3055

Art and Public Policy3 credits

PHI 3200

Environmental Ethics3 credits

PHI 3270

Computer Ethics3 credits

Variable or Independent

PHI 3990-3999

Special Studies in Philosophy3 credits

PHI 5000-5004

Independent Studyvariable

PHI 5010

Senior Seminar3 credits

PHI 6001H-6003H

Philosophy Honors I-IIIvariable

 

 

The Minor

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

 

Courses
Courses in Philosophy (PHI)
Ethics and Critical Thinking3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 1500

Major Issues in Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 1600

Logic and Moral Reasoning

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 1700

Global Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 2155

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 2160

American Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 2165

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 2170

Classical Chinese Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 2800

Great Works of Philosophy I

4 hours; 3 credits

PHI 2850

Great Works of Philosophy II

4 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3000

Existentialism in Philosophy and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3010

Symbolic Logic

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3020

Philosophy of Law

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3030

Thought and Reality ()

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3035

Philosophy and Psychology ()

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3040

Mind and Computers

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3045

Communication Law and Free Speech ()

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3050

Ethics, Economics, and the Business System

3 hours; 3 credits

Moral Problems of Life and Death 3 hours; 3 credits 

PHI 3055

Art and Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3060

Philosophy of Film and Photography

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3062

Philosophy and Literature

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3120

Ancient Greek Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3130

Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3140

Modern European Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3145

Nineteenth Century Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3150

Philosophy in the Twentieth-Century

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3200

Environmental Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3210

Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3220

Experimental Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3230

Political Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3240

Philosophy of Art

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3250

Philosophy of Science

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3260

Crime and Punishment

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3270

Computer Ethics ()

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 3990

Special Studies in Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 4900

Special Topics in Philosophy

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 4905

Special Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 5000

Independent Study I

Hours and credits to be arranged

PHI 5001

Independent Study II

Hours and credits to be arranged

PHI 5002

Independent Study III

Hours and credits to be arranged

PHI 5010

Senior Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

PHI 6001H

Honors Philosophy I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

PHI 6002H

Honors Philosophy II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

PHI 6003H

Honors Philosophy III

3 hours; 3 credits per semester