Philosophy

  • PHL 1200 Philosophy Goes to the Movies

    Students will learn about some of the major ideas in philosophy and philosophical thoughtvia the media of film. No prerequisites. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 1510 Intro to Philosophy

    Students will gain an understanding of the Western philosophical tradition and the influences of philosophical thinking. Students are introduced to major areas of philosophy and explore the relationships between concepts in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social philosophy, and aesthetics. Eligibility: ENG 1530; must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 1570 Critical Reasoning

    Students will identify and criticize arguments and will acquire an understanding of basic concepts in semantics and logical analysis. Students will distinguish sound from unsound arguments and identify common fallacies. Prerequisite: must meet minimum college level reading score: Accuplacer 80+. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 2550 Philosophy of Religion

    Students will acquire an understanding of basic problems concerning the existence and nature of the divine. Students will also identify different perspectives on the nature of religious experience and its relationship to other areas of philosophy such as ethics and political philosophy. Prerequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 2570 Environmental Issues/Ethics

    Students will gain critical understanding of the impacts of human activities as they affect the earth and the web of life it sustains from both ethical and scientific perspectives. Contemporary environmental issues such as methods and limitations of science and moral reasoning, global warming, ozone depletion, deforestation, animal rights, population growth, waste disposal, biodiversity, and species extinction will be discussed. This team-taught course is offered under biology for natural science credit (BIO 2570) or philosophy for humanities credit (PHL 2570). Prerequisites: BIO 1570 and ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 2610 Intro to Ethical Theory

    Students will acquire an understanding of basic ethical theories as expressed by major ethicists. Students will develop an appreciation of the complexities and implications of basic moral concepts such as responsibility, duty, character, and the good life. Prerequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 2630 Contemporary Moral Problems

    Students will analyze and acquire an understanding of contemporary moral issues and problems. Students will learn how moral problems are approached differently by diverse ethical perspectives such as utilitarianism and deontological theorists. Students will develop a coherent moral point of view which they will use to approach issues such as privacy, abortion, suicide, euthanasia, war, civil disobedience, and pornography. Prerequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 2650 Intro to Formal Logic

    Students will be introduced to modern systems of formal logic. Students will determine the formal validity of arguments in propositional and quantifier logic, make deductions in both systems, and perform translations of ordinary language arguments into formal language. Prerequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • PHL 2720 Biomedical Ethics

    Students will identify key problems confronted by health and medical care professionals. Students will articulate a moral point of view with which they will address problems such as informed consent, patient rights, confidentiality, euthanasia, genetic testing, and medical resource allocation. Prerequisite: ENG 1530. Master Course Syllabus