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Department of Philosophy

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.

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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, 2155, 2165, and 2170), one course in logic (1600 or 3010), and a capstone course, chosen from among the special topics courses (4900 and 4905), the senior seminar (5010), or one honors course (6001H-6003H).

A student who uses PHI 1500, 1600, or 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 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
PHI 1500 Major Issues in Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 1600 Logic and Moral Reasoning 3 credits
PHI 1700 Global Ethics 3 credits

Required Courses

History of Philosophy   (choose three)
PHI 2155 Philosophies from India 3 credits
PHI 2165 Classical Buddhism 3 credits
PHI 2170 Classical Chinese Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 3000 Phenomenology and Existentialism 3 credits
PHI 3120 Ancient Greek Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 3130 Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages 3 credits
PHI 3140 Modern European Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 3145 Nineteenth Century Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 3150 Philosophy in the Twentieth-Century 3 credits

Logic   (choose one)
PHI 1600 Logic and Moral Reason 3 credits
PHI 3010 Symbolic Logic 3 credits

Capstone   (choose one)
PHI 4900 Special Topics in Value Theory 3 credits
PHI 4905 Special Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology 3 credits
PHI 5010 Senior Seminar 3 credits
PHI 6001H-6003H Philosophy Honors I-III 3 credits


Electives

Social and Cultural Philosophy
PHI 1700 Global Ethics 3 credits
PHI 3020 Philosophy of Law 3 credits
PHI 3035 Philosophy of Psychology 3 credits
PHI 3060 Philosophy of Film and Photography 3 credits
PHI 3210 Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics 3 credits
PHI 3220 Experimental Philosophy   (PSY 3220) 3 credits
PHI 3230 Political Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 3240 Philosophy of Art 3 credits
PHI 3260 Crime and Punishment 3 credits

Philosophy of Knowledge and Reality
PHI 1500 Major Issues in Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 3000 Phenomenology and Existentialism 3 credits
PHI 3010 Symbolic Logic 3 credits
PHI 3030 Thought and Reality 3 credits
PHI 3035 Philosophy of Psychology 3 credits
PHI 3040 Minds and Computers 3 credits
PHI 3250 Philosophy of Science 3 credits

Applied and Professional Ethics
PHI 3050 Ethics, Economics, and the Business System 3 credits
PHI 3055 Art and Public Policy 3 credits
PHI 3200 Environmental Ethics 3 credits
PHI 3270 Computer Ethics 3 credits

Variable or Independent
PHI 3990-3999 Special Studies in Philosophy 3 credits
PHI 5000-5004 Independent Study variable
PHI 5010 Senior Seminar 3 credits
PHI 6001H-6003H Philosophy Honors I-III variable

 

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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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