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Philosophy

Department of History and Philosophy

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Philosophy is concerned with the underlying assumptions and broad implications of human knowledge and values. The curriculum in philosophy contains a wide range of courses that explore these topics by studying philosophical problems through the writings of important philosophers of the past and present. Emphasis is placed on understanding different solutions to these problems and on analyzing and criticizing them.

The Bachelor of Art in Philosophy has traditionally served as a basis for further study in philosophy, law, religion, or related fields. It may also be used as background training for government, business, or any field that depends upon a strong liberal arts education. The department has traditionally encouraged taking a double major and has restricted the number of required courses in philosophy so that this may be possible.

Students may elect to major in philosophy through either the philosophy option or the philosophy and religion option. The department also encourages students to engage in independent study through the departmental honors option. This option has the following requirements:

  1. Students must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average in their major and a 3.0 GPA overall.
  2. Students must present an acceptable, bound senior thesis, and an oral defense of the thesis.

Students may attain 3-6 undergraduate independent study credits while working for the thesis. Qualified students may enroll in the honors option through their departmental advisors.


Curricula in Philosophy


PHILOSOPHY OPTION

Freshman YearCredits
CLS 101US--University Seminar    3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I   3
Math Core    3
Philosophy Electives    6
University Core and Electives    15
30
Sophomore YearCredits
PHIL 231--Introduction to Logic   3
One Year Modern Lang    8
Select one of the following in political philosophy/aesthetics:
     PHIL 311--Aesthetics & The Arts 3
     PHIL 313--Philosophy and Film3
     PHIL 362--Philosophy and Race3
     PHIL 363--Philosophy and Feminism3
     PHIL 325RH--State, Community, and Individual3
University Core and Electives    16
30
Junior YearCredits
PHIL 305--History of Phil: Anc & Mediv    3
PHIL 306--History of Phil: Modern     3
Select one of the following in ethics:
     PHIL 332--Ethics3
     PHIL 334--Moral Theory3
     PHIL 338--Bio-Medical Ethics3
     PHIL 340--Environmental Ethics3
University Core and Electives    21
30
Senior YearCredits
PHIL 400--Seminar   3
PHIL 400--Seminar   3
Select one of the following in metaphysics/epistemology:
     PHIL 342--Approaches to Epistemology3
     PHIL 352--Metaphysics3
     PHIL 364--Contemporary Philosophy3
     PHIL 378--Philosophy of Science3
University Core and Electives     21
30

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all required courses.


PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION OPTION

Freshman YearCredits
CLS 101US--University Seminar   3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I   
Math Core    3
3
University Core and Electives    21
30
Sophomore YearCredits
PHIL 231--Introduction to Logic   3
One Year Modern Lang    8
Take one of the following:
     RELS 202D--Asian Religion-Hindusim & Buddhism3
     RELS 203D--Asian Religions: from Taoism to Zen3
Take one of the following:
     RELS 206IH--The Origins of God 3
     RELS 207IH--Myth, Metaphor, and Metamorphosis3
University Core and Electives    13
30
Junior YearCredits
PHIL 305--History of Phil: Anc & Mediv    3
PHIL 306--History of Phil: Modern     3
Take one of the following in ethics:
     PHIL 332--Ethics3
     PHIL 334--Moral Theory3
     PHIL 338--Bio-Medical Ethics3
     PHIL 340--Environmental Ethics3
Take one of the following 300-level Religious Studies:
     PHIL 320--Philosophy of Religion3
     RELS 321--Gender and Religion3
     RELS 325--Literature and Religion3
     RELS 326--Mystics, Founders, Reformers3
University Core and Electives    18
30
Senior YearCredits
PHIL 400--Seminar   3
PHIL 400--Seminar   3
Take one of the following in metaphysics/epistemology:
     PHIL 342--Epistemology3
     PHIL 352--Metaphysics3
     PHIL 364--Contemporary Philosophy3
     PHIL 378--Philosophy of Science3
Take one of the following 400-level Religious Studies courses:
     RELS 402--Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural4
     RELS 405--Text and Image3
     RELS 410--Psyche and the Sacred3
University Core and Electives    18
30-31

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation: 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all required courses.


PHILOSOPHY MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

The minimum number of credits required for a non-teaching minor is twenty-one, with nine of those being upper-division credits.

Credits
PHIL 231--Introduction to Logic   3
PHIL 305RH--History of Phil: Anc & Mediv     3
PHIL 306--History of Phil: Modern     3
Select one of the following:
     PHIL 332--Ethics3
     PHIL 334--Moral Theory3
     PHIL 338--Bio-Medical Ethics3
     PHIL 340--Environmental Ethics3
     PHIL 342--Approaches to Epistemology3
     PHIL 352--Metaphysics3
     PHIL 364--Contemporary Philosophy3
     PHIL 378--Philosophy of Science3
Philosophy Electives; at least three
credits must be upper division
9
21

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