PHIL Course Listing

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 100, 3 Credits)

An introduction to the literature, problems, and methods of philosophy. The goal is to identify and consider central, recurring problems of philosophy. Emphasis is on developing awareness of the significance of philosophical problems and learning to offer rationally justifiable solutions. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 125 or PHIL 100.

Practical Reasoning (PHIL 110, 3 Credits)

An examination of methods for thinking analytically about real-world problems and solving them. The goal is to apply logical arguments to practical decision making. Topics include inductive and deductive reasoning; the properties of arguments; methods of logical analysis; synthesis of ideas; informal fallacies; and the role of presuppositions and other factors in scientific, social, ethical, and political problems.

Contemporary Moral Issues (PHIL 140, 3 Credits)

An exploration of how philosophical analysis can serve as a foundation for thinking clearly about moral issues. The aim is to construct arguments about current and widely debated ethical problems such as the euthanasia and reverse discrimination. Discussion examines foundational ethical theories as a basis for looking at these problems. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 300 or PHIL 140.

Contemporary Social Justice Issues (PHIL 304, 3 Credits)

Recommended: PHIL 100 and 140. A thematic exposition of social justice issues. Topics include the relationship of the individual to society, human relationships with the environment, the use of technology, medical decision making, social equalities and inequalities, and workplace issues. The objective is to improve one's awareness of ethical issues and recognize and analyze ethical problems in the contemporary global context through a deeper understanding of ethical theories.

Ethical Issues in American Business (PHIL 315, 3 Credits)

(Formerly HUMN 311.) A thematic exposition of ethical issues in contemporary American business. The goal is to improve awareness of ethical issues in business by recognizing and analyzing ethical problems in the business context. Emphasis is on the application of ethical theory and reasoning to specific real-world business issues. Discussion covers workplace issues such as discrimination, harassment, the quality of work life, professional rights and responsibilities, and specific cases exemplifying these issues. Possible examples include cases in the areas of hiring, privacy, intellectual property, whistle-blowing versus loyalty, health care, ethics in advertising, consumerism in relation to product liability, economic globalization, and the common environment. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 310, HUMN 311, or PHIL 315.

Ideas Shaping the 21st Century (PHIL 336, 3 Credits)

An overview of ideas and philosophies likely to affect humanity and this planet in the 21st century. The goal is to identify and understand predominant modes of thought; critically evaluate ideas that affect ways of living; articulate the principles underlying cooperation and dissention among different cultures, institutions, and individuals; and trace the influence of key ideas across various realms of human activity to navigate the challenges of the modern world. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 336 or PHIL 336.

Religions of the East (PHIL 348, 3 Credits)

An examination of the religions of the East, including Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese religions, and Shinto. The aim is to gain a historical perspective on world events and understand the interrelationships of these religious traditions, historically and doctrinally. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 348, HUMN 350, or PHIL 348.

Religions of the West (PHIL 349, 3 Credits)

An examination of the religions of the West, including the Zoroastrian, Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions. The aim is to gain a historical perspective on world events and to understand the interrelationships of these religious traditions, both historically and doctrinally. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 349, HUMN 350, or PHIL 349.