Philosophy (PHIL)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

PHIL 102 Philosophical Literature 3(3-0)
Philosophical literature that focuses on such questions as what is the nature of reality, how do we know what we know, and for what kind of life should we strive. (F,S)

PHIL 103 Civilization 1(1-0)
Kenneth Clark’s acclaimed film series “Civilization.” Thirteen 50-minute films exploring the concept of civilization from the primary viewpoint of the arts and philosophy. (*)

PHIL 120 Non-western World Religions 3(3-0)
A study of major world religions including Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Shinto, Taoism, Zoroastrianism. (*)

PHIL 201 Classics in Ethics 3(3-0)
The logic of objective norms and standards of “good” vs. “bad,” “right” vs. “wrong,” from major philosophers and classics of literature. Application to contemporary issues. (F,S)

PHIL 204 Critical Reasoning 3(3-0)
Survey of the general principles of correct reasoning with emphasis on the role of language in the reasoning process. Major concern with induction and fallacy detection. (F,S)

PHIL 205 Deductive Logic 3(3-0)
Study of the principles and methods used to distinguish valid from invalid patterns of deductive reasoning. Especially useful for students in computer- or mathematics related fields.(*)

PHIL 291 Special Topics (1-3 VAR)
Students who have an area of special interest are encouraged to contact the department. Special topics and authors of philosophical interest. May be repeated for 12 credits maximum.(*)

PHIL 293 History of Philosophy Seminar I 3(3-0)
Greek, Latin, and medieval philosophy. (*)

PHIL 295 Independent Study (1-3 VAR)
Specialized study of select persons, ideas, schools, historical trends or problems in philosophy. May be repeated up to 9 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (*)

PHIL 393 History of Philosophy Seminar II 3(3-0)
Early modern period (Renaissance) in Western philosophy from Hobbes to Hume. Emphasis on the continental rationalists and the British empiricists. (*)

PHIL 401 Epistemology Seminar 3(3-0)
Study of the philosophical principles and issues relevant to various claims of knowledge. Prerequisites: PHIL 205, 313 and 314. (*)

PHIL 402 Metaphysics Seminar 3(3-0)
Ontology, cosmology, space, time, causality, change, freedom, and other topics of metaphysics. Prerequisites: PHIL 313 and 314. (*)

PHIL 491 Special Topics (1-3 VAR)
Special topics and authors of philosophical interest. May be repeated for 12 credits maximum. More advanced than PHIL 291. Students who have an area of special interest are encouraged to contact the department. (*)

PHIL 493 History of Philosophy Seminar III 3(3-0)
Later modern period in philosophy beginning with Kant and continuing to the beginning of the 20th century. (*)

PHIL 495 Independent Study (1-3 VAR)
Specialized study of select persons, ideas, schools, historical trends or problems in philosophy. May be repeated up to 9 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (*)