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2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-101

Introduction to Philosophy

Basic ideas and problems of philosophy: various disciplines and schools of philosophy; important philosophical issues and their relevance to the present.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PHILOS-102

Contemporary Ethical Issues

Ethical problems which are significant to an individual in the contemporary world, including traditional issues and current issues in such areas as law, medicine, public policy, business and education.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
PHILOS-103

Critical Thinking

This course introduces the students to the most basic concepts and principles of critical thinking. Critical thinking is the study of human reasoning, with the objective of identifying, constructing, and evaluating arguments as they arise in everyday life and disciplines of various sorts.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-105

Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

Basic concepts in social and political theory, including the ideas of natural law and right, social and political justice, duty, obligation and freedom.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
PHILOS-208

Biomedical Ethics

Implication of the social and natural science for human values; study of the history of the distinction between fact and value in segments of human life such as politics, law and medical technology.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-211

Philosophy of Art

The nature and meaning of the various fine arts such as painting, literature, music and film, and their significance for human existence; the nature of the work of art and the creative activity of the artist.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-212

Philosophy, Religion, and Science

This course considers the relationship between science and religious beliefs, explores the value of knowledge, and asks if science needs a moral vision. After considering these theoretical questions, it then examines issues like religion and evolution, religion and natural laws, the mind-body relationship, genetic engineering, cloning, and euthanasia.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
PHILOS-213

Ancient Philosophy

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

The origins and early development of Western philosophy in the context of Classical Greek culture. Introduction to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and selected pre-modern thinkers; clarification of enduring issues in the Western philosophical tradition.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Philos 101 or 102.
  • Gen Ed: HS1 - Survey of Western Civilization
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-214

Early Modern Philosophy

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Major thinkers and movements representative of philosophical thought from the 17th century to the present.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: Philos 213.
  • Gen Ed: HS1 - Survey of Western Civilization
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
PHILOS-216

Introduction to Asian Philosophy

Introduction to representative thinkers and major issues of Asian philosophy, including Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.

  • Gen Ed: World Culture,HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
PHILOS-217

Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

Introduction to representative thinkers and major issues of the philosophy of religion.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
PHILOS-220

Environmental Ethics

The goal of this course is to acquaint ourselves with some of the major issues in environmental ethics. Specifically we'll be looking in to the health of our environment the value of individuals, animal consumption and testing, wilderness preservation, food issues, global population and geo-engineered solutions. The course will be inter-disciplinary.

  • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
Credits1-4
Field EXP
PHILOS-299

Travel Course

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

Prerequisites
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
  • Gen Ed: World Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
PHILOS-301

Ethical Theory

A variety of important ethical theories are studied comparatively, and critically evaluated in application to a contemporary moral concern.

Prerequisites
P: none; REC: jr st and one philos cse.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Even Only
    PHILOS-308

    Philosophy and the Sciences

    An in-depth introduction to the intersection between the practice of sicence and the practice of philosophy. We will pursue topics that underlie the content, practice and implications of sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, or Biology.

    Prerequisites
    P: none; REC: Philos 213 and 214.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Odd Only
      PHILOS-309

      Religion and Medieval Philosophy

      An examination of philosophical questions and issues central to religion, coupled with a study of the approaches and answers developed in Medieval Philosophy.

      Prerequisites
      P: none; REC: Philos 213 and 214.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Fall
        Odd Only
        PHILOS-323

        Modern Philosophy

        Course topics vary. In one iteration, this course will work its way through seminal thinkers in nineteenth century philosophy including (though not limited to) Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche. Our aim will be to both connect these thinkers to earlier ideas and trends in Philosophy and to see how they extend such ideas in radically different ways. In another iteration, this course will delve into a somewhat later historical movement in Philosophy - the existentialists. We will begin with the early influence of Russian authors before moving through later thinkers such as Heidegger, Camus and Sartre. The course will include literary and philosophical readings.

        Prerequisites
        P: none; REC: Philos 213 and 214.
        • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        Odd Only
        PHILOS-324

        Contemporary Philosophy

        Current philosophical movements in Europe and America, such as phenomenology, existentialism, analytic philosophy, intuitionism, pragmatism and Marxism.

          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          Even Only
          PHILOS-326

          Philosophy, Politics and Law

          The nature of politics and law and their interrelations; general legal theory, legal rights, judicial reasoning; the problems of justice, property and morality law.

          Prerequisites
          P: none; REC: philos cse.
          • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          Odd Only
          PHILOS-401

          Plato and Aristotle

          • Pre-Requisites
          • General Education
          • Writing Emphasis
          • Repeatable

          This course is critical investigation of the first two comprehensive, philosophical systems of Western civilization. Plato and Aristotle each proposed and argued for a full metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of art. In this course students will be engaged in an in-depth study of their major works.

          Prerequisites
          REC: Philos 213
          • Gen Ed: HS3 - Individual and Social Values
          • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          Even Only
          PHILOS-403

          Topics in Philosophy

          Course topics vary. This will be an in-depth study of a current topic or a figure in philosophy and/or an area of research for one of our faculty members. The aim will be to include students in live and contemporary philosophical literature and debates.

          Prerequisites
          P: upper level cse in Philos.
          • Course is repeatable to 15 credits.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Even Only
          PHILOS-420

          Metaphysics

          Metaphysics is the study of Being. It comprises some of the oldest and most difficult philosophical questions. In this class we'll investigate some of its major historica and contemporary themes. Topics might include universals, particulars, casuality, personal identity, free will, modality, Gd's existence, space & time, truth, and the challenge of anti-realism.

          Prerequisites
          REC: Philos 101, 213, or 214
            Credits1-12
            Field EXP
            Spring
            Fall
            PHILOS-497

            Internship

            Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

            Prerequisites
            P: jr st.
            • Course is repeatable for credit.
            Credits1-4
            IND Study
            Spring
            Fall
            PHILOS-498

            Independent Study

            Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

            Prerequisites
            P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
            • Course is repeatable for credit.
            Credits1-6
            Field EXP
            PHILOS-499

            Travel Course

            • Pre-Requisites
            • General Education
            • Travel Course
            • Repeatable

            Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

            Prerequisites
            P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
            • Gen Ed: World Culture
            • Travel Course
            • Course is repeatable for credit.