Philosophy Major (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree.

PHILOSOPHY MAJOR

Complete 36 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 4 requirement(s):

    1. CORE

      Complete 5 courses:

      PHIL 106 Logic (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 310 Knowledge, Belief and Truth (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 312 Existence and Reality (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 331 History of Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 333 History of Philosophy: Modern Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. VALUE THEORY

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours: .

      PHIL 200 History of Ethics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 212 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. TRADITIONS IN CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list

      PHIL 231 American Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 337 Analytic Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 339 Contemporary Continental Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
    4. SEMINAR

      Complete for 3 semester hours.

      PHIL 424 Seminar in Philosophy (3 hours seminar) 3
  2. MAJOR ELECTIVES

    Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

    1. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from: .

      PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 102 Ethics (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 9 semester hours to 12 semester hours from: .

      PHIL 200 History of Ethics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 202 Ethics and Business (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 204 Philosophical Issues in Biomedical Ethics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 206 Philosophical Issues in Law and Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 208 Ethical Issues in Education (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 212 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 214 Ethics of Love, Sex and Desire (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 231 American Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 233 Contemporary Philosophers (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 237 Asian Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 239 Existentialism (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 260 Philosophies of Art (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 262 Philosophy of Religion (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 264 Critical Reasoning and Arguments (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 266 Philosophy of Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 270 Philosophy of Mind (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 271 Philosophy of Sport (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 280 Philosophy of Cyberspace (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 290 Fields of Philosophy: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 295 Periods and Movements: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 316 Philosophy of Law (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 322 Ideals of Peace (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 324 Legal Reasoning (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 330 Philosophy and Death (3 hours seminar) 3
      PHIL 334 Theoretical and Applied Ethics (3 hours seminar) 3
      PHIL 335 Nineteenth Century Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 337 Analytic Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 339 Contemporary Continental Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 376 Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 390 Fields of Philosophy: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 395 Periods and Movements: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 446 Independent Study in Philosophy 3-12

Course Descriptions:

PHIL100: Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

The nature, scope, methods, basic problems and major types of philosophy. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, Philosophy or Religion. 3 sh.

PHIL102: Ethics (3 hours lecture)

The nature of ethical judgments, the meaning of moral concepts, the conditions of moral responsibility and the methodological presuppositions of ethical theories in philosophy and religion. Meets the 2002 General Education Requirement - Humanities, Philolosphy/Religion. 3 sh.

PHIL106: Logic (3 hours lecture)

The forms of deductive and inductive argument in traditional logic, the fundamentals of modern formal logic. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, Philosophy or Religion. 3 sh.

PHIL200: History of Ethics (3 hours lecture)

A historical survey of major ethical theories in the Western philosophical tradition, from ancient times to the present. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL202: Ethics and Business (3 hours lecture)

A study of the meaning of morality in the modern world of business. Course contains balance of theory and practice as it examines behavior of business against background of conflicting ethical theory. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL204: Philosophical Issues in Biomedical Ethics (3 hours lecture)

A study of moral decision making in regard to specific moral problems arising in such areas of contemporary medical research and practice as experimentation on human subjects, euthanasia, abortion, information rights of patients, and eugenic sterilization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL206: Philosophical Issues in Law and Justice (3 hours lecture)

An examination of philosophical approaches to current issues related to law and justice. Close attention will be paid to one or more of the following specific issues: freedom of religion, freedom of expression, gay rights, reproductive rights, or civil disobedience and political protest. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106 or RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL208: Ethical Issues in Education (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on current ethical issues in education, such as academic integrity, censorship, speech and dress codes, racial and gender equity, same-sex education, religious expression, and school violence. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL212: Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

The nature of society and the state, their relation to each other and to the individual, and an evaluation of some main political and social ideals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL214: Ethics of Love, Sex and Desire (3 hours lecture)

An exploration of the ethical issues related to human sexuality and/or intimate relationships. The focus in this course is on conflicts and/or problem areas related to love, sex and desire and the ways ethicists address them. Ethical issues to be discussed include: monogamy, promiscuity, gay marriage, abstinence education, transgender identity, pornography, prostitution, and sexual abuse. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL231: American Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

The major American philosophers and philosophical movements with emphasis on Peirce, James, Royce, and Dewey. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL233: Contemporary Philosophers (3 hours lecture)

The major movements in contemporary philosophy, studied through writings of leading exponents. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL237: Asian Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to the major movements and thinkers in Asian philosophy. It acquaints students with Asian philosophical interpretations of experience and reality found in both classical and contemporary Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Eastern cultures. Meets Gen Ed 2002-Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Offered as PHIL 137 through Winter 2013. To become PHIL 237 effective Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL239: Existentialism (3 hours lecture)

The major themes and concepts of existentialism in selected writings of the existentialist philosophers. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL260: Philosophies of Art (3 hours lecture)

The major philosophies of art in the history of Western thought. The conceptual network of ideas of the thinker in question will be delineated, and connections shown between the thinker and the philosophical and artistic themes of that period. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL262: Philosophy of Religion (3 hours lecture)

The nature and shape of religious experience, criteria for meaning within religious thought and language; metaphysical and epistemological implications of such questions as the nature and existence of god, and the possibility of life after death. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL264: Critical Reasoning and Arguments (3 hours lecture)

An intermediary level course concentrating upon argumentation and rhetorical devices as they actually function in everyday conversation, philosophical discussion, forensic debate, etc. Arguments will be examined with an eye to penetrating purely formal structure and discovering the underlying dynamics which contribute to cogency in a given context. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL266: Philosophy of Science (3 hours lecture)

The epistemological character of scientific thought and the relevance of scientific findings for the clarification and eventual resolution of traditional philosophical issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL270: Philosophy of Mind (3 hours lecture)

Philosophical issues arising from the study of mental processes including the relation of a person to the body, life after death, and the possible reduction of consciousness to a brain process. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL271: Philosophy of Sport (3 hours lecture)

Survey of the philosophical aspects of sport along with development of philosophical ideas about sport from the origins of competitive sport to the present. Special attention will be paid to such classic issues as the ontological status of games, sport as moral education, and athletics as substitutes for war. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL280: Philosophy of Cyberspace (3 hours lecture)

Contemporary and classical philosophical and ethical issues as applied to computer-mediated communication. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Computer Science CMPT 288, Linguistics LNGN 288, Psychology PSYC 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CMPT 183 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

PHIL290: Fields of Philosophy: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture)

Selected study of major fields in philosophy. Philosophy of science, philosophy of history, philosophy of law. Topics announced each semester. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits. 3 sh.

PHIL295: Periods and Movements: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture)

Topics announced each semester. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL310: Knowledge, Belief and Truth (3 hours lecture)

The major issues and theories concerning the relationship between knowledge, experience and reality. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL312: Existence and Reality (3 hours lecture)

An examination of major philosophical theories concerning the nature of reality. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL316: Philosophy of Law (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the philosophical issues of jurisprudence. Close attention is given to the status and nature of law, the concept of equality and the limits of law. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL322: Ideals of Peace (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to the pacifist tradition in philosophy and religion, from its origins as a set of religious and philosophical ideals, to its current multifaith, secular, and political forms. Students will examine and evaluate both pacifist thought and peace activism. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL324: Legal Reasoning (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical foundations for developing models and methods of addressing legal problems. Principles of legal reasoning and argument in the Anglo-American common law tradition. Models of legal reasoning and methodology for resolving legal problems as developed within evolving social and philosophical notions of justice and fairness. Pre-law Minor. Cross listed with Political Science and Law, JURI 324. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Jurisprudence. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 212.

PHIL330: Philosophy and Death (3 hours seminar)

Seminar devoted to philosophical, mainly ethical and metaphysical, questions about death. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL331: History of Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

The major philosophical systems and movements from the pre-Socratics to Plotinus with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Philosophy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL333: History of Philosophy: Modern Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

The major philosophical systems and movements from the Renaissance to Kant. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Philosophy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL334: Theoretical and Applied Ethics (3 hours seminar)

Advanced seminar covering ethical theory and its application to post-modernism and other forms of relativism, the meaning of moral language and the possibility of religious and secular ethical foundations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL335: Nineteenth Century Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

A study of the major philosophical figures and movements of the nineteenth century, with special emphasis on Hegel and the Hegelian tradition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL337: Analytic Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

The development of the analytic tradition in twentieth century philosophy; the logical and linguistic techniques employed. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL339: Contemporary Continental Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys the four main movements of the continental (European) philosophical tradition: (1) 19th century German philosophy, (2) Marxism/critical theory, (3) phenomenology/existentialism, and (4) post-structuralism/postmodernism. This philosophical tradition runs from the 19th Century to the present day. Continental philosophy stands in contrast to the dominant, Anglo-American, "analytic" philosophical tradition. This course gives students the opportunity to examine the ways in which continental philosophers approach issues in the core subfields of philosophy, such as epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will also have the opportunity to explore similarities to and differences from the analytic philosophical tradition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 202 or PHIL 208 or PHIL 231 or PHIL 233 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 264 or PHIL 266 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 271 or PHIL 280 or PHIL 288 or PHIL 290 or PHIL 295 or GLQS 201 or WMGS 301.

PHIL376: Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the philosophical basis of legal doctrines as they apply to women and feminist issues. The course will explore the legal arguments feminists have made for social and political equality. It will also examine whether gender bias is built into traditional jurisprudential theories. Women's rights and women's legal status in politics, employment, education, and the family will be explored. Cross-listed with JURI 376 and WMGS 376. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or WMGS 200 or WMGS 201.

PHIL390: Fields of Philosophy: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture)

Selected study of major fields in philosophy. Topics announced each semester. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL395: Periods and Movements: Selected Topics (3 hours lecture)

Topics announced each semester. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL424: Seminar in Philosophy (3 hours seminar)

Cooperative research seminars in major movements, problems, philosophers or works. Topic announced each semester. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 310 or PHIL 312 or PHIL 331 or PHIL 333 or PHIL 376 or PHIL 390 or PHIL 395.

PHIL446: Independent Study in Philosophy

Directed independent study and research in philosophy. Open to students with a minimum of 3.0 cumulative average in at least 9 semester hours of philosophy. May be repeated three times for a maximum of 12.0 credits. 3 - 12 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 310 or PHIL 312 or PHIL 331 or PHIL 333 or PHIL 376 or PHIL 390 or PHIL 395.