Philosophy Program, including Religious Studies
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE (AA)
Studying Philosophy cultivates intellectual skills that are useful in all professional, personal and academic contexts. In every Philosophy course, students are shown how to analyze issues and information, and to both produce and assess arguments according to the standards of good reasoning. The serious attempt to answer philosophical questions makes up part of the core of a meaningful human life no matter what job or career one chooses.
SEE THE PHILOSOPHY DEGREE SHEETS FOR STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES, GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (SEE AN ACADEMIC COUNSELOR FOR DETAILS AND GUIDANCE):
PHILOSOPHY DEGREE SHEETS (PDF)
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 (3,0,0,0)
A study of philosophy as an interpretation of human experience
and an examination of concepts and assumptions fundamental
in human thought.
PHIL 101G Introduction to Philosophy - Honors 3 (3,0,0,0)
An honors level study of philosophy as an interpretation
of human experience and an examination of concepts and
assumptions fundamental in human thought. Honors emphasizes
both interactive and independent learning entailing
an in-depth examination of one’s thinking on philosophical
questions through use of the Socratic Method.
Courses with “G” suffixes are designated Honors level
courses and can be used to fulfill equivalent general education
PHIL 102 Critical Thinking and Reasoning 3 (3,0,0,0)
Introduction to the analysis and evaluation of actual arguments,
to the practice of constructing logically sound arguments,
and to logic as the theory of argument. Emphasizes
arguments of current or general interest.
PHIL 114 Introduction to Symbolic Logic 3 (3,0,0,0)
Introduces principles of correct reasoning, using modern
symbolic techniques of the propositional calculus and simple
PHIL 119 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 (3,0,0,0)
General survey of the books of the Old Testament from a
nondenominational perspective. Covers the history, ideas
and theological beliefs of Biblical Israel and deals with
those themes in the light of archeological research and literary
PHIL 124 Philosophical Traditions of Asia 3 (3,0,0,0)
Study of the nature of self, mind, knowledge, truth, logic,
and related themes characteristic of India, China, Japan, or
any other Asian country.
PHIL 129 Introduction to the NewTestament 3 (3,0,0,0)
This course surveys New Testament books from a nondenominational
perspective. Literary criticism and historical
background are considered.
PHIL 131 Introduction to Metaphysics 3 (3,0,0,0)
Selected problems concerning human nature and reality,
e.g., mind and body, freedom and determinism, space and
time, God, causality.
PHIL 135 Introduction to Ethics 3 (3,0,0,0)
A course designed to introduce students to the theory and
practice of ethics. In the context of classical theories and
modern moral problems, students will be encouraged to
clarify their own ethical positions.
PHIL 201 Philosophy Goes to the Movies 3 (3,0,0,0)
Introduction to philosophical problems in ethics, politics,
law, aesthetics, metaphysics, or knowledge through film and
literary materials in addition to standard philosophical texts.
PHIL 202 Introduction to Philosophy of the Arts 3 (3,0,0,0)
Varieties of artistic representation and expression, the relationship
of artworks to their embodiments, and the nature of
interpretation and aesthetic response. PHIL 203 Survey of Existentialism 3 (3,0,0,0)
A survey of the various influences and responses which led
to existential thought. Readings from Kierkegaard, Sartre,
Nietzsche and Buber will be emphasized.
PHIL 205 Science and Religion 3 (3,0,0,0)
Selected problems and episodes in the interaction between
science and religion, such as the 17th century condemnation
of Galileo, the 18th century controversy about natural
religion, and the recent creation/evolution debate in the
PHIL 207 Social and Political Philosophy 3 (3,0,0,0)
Major political philosophers, e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli,
Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, and Marx, on topics such as
justice, freedom, equality, tyranny, war, racism, sexism,
power, consent, and economics.
PHIL 210 World Religions 3 (3,0,0,0)
A critical introduction to the nature of religion. The major
moral and religious views of Hinduism, Buddhism,
Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
will be studied.
PHIL 215 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion 3 (3,0,0,0)
An introductory philosophical examination of some claims
and problems within the Western tradition including, but
not limited to, the nature of God, arguments for the existence
of God, the problem of evil, divine foreknowledge
and human freedom, arguments for/against personal immortality,
and faith/reason as alternative avenues to belief.
PHIL 216 Philosophy of Human Nature 3 (3,0,0,0)
This course explores a variety of traditions on what human
nature is. We will study both western and eastern religious
concepts, classical and modern philosophical theories, and
scientific theories and models of human nature.
PHIL 244 Bioethics 3 (3,0,0,0)
Treatments of such issues as abortion and euthanasia, cloning,
genetic screening, just health care, patients’ rights, the
use of human and animal subjects in research.
PHIL 245 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 (3,0,0,0)
Introduction to ethics by way of such current issues as war
and atrocity, the purpose of the university, racism, women’s
liberation, violence and aggression, the notions of happiness
and success, or ethics of ecology.
PHIL 246 Philosophy of Law 3 (3,0,0,0)
Study of the meaning of law, particularly legal reasoning,
positive and normative functions of law, and the nature of
justice. Such legal theorists as Plato, Aquinas, Hobbes,
Kant, Hegel, Hart, and Dworkin will be studied.
PHIL 247 Philosophy andWomen 3 (3,0,0,0)
Variety of philosophical writings by or about women, from
Plato to the present, focusing on such key concepts as
nature, equality, dignity, freedom, love, and self-realization:
may include feminist critiques of the western philosophical
tradition. (Same as WMST 247.)
PHIL 249 Environmental Ethics 3 (3,0,0,0)
Explores fundamental concepts of human moral obligations
towards other living things and natural systems. Topics
include the rights of animals and new candidates for an adequate
PHIL 295 Topical Issues in Philosophy 1-3 (1-3,0,0,0)
The topic will vary; however, the intent is to develop awareness
of, and appreciation for, certain philosophers and/or
issues. May be repeated to six credits.
PHIL 302 Intermediate Reasoning and Critical Thinking 3 (3,0,0,0)
Designed to extend the theory and practice of reasoned
argument by the analysis, evaluation, reconstruction, and
construction of extended examples drawn from such fields
as philosophy, literature, religion, natural and social sciences,
the arts, or contemporary affairs. Prerequisites:
Admission to Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree
Program or consent of the instructor.
PHIL 311 Professional Ethics 3 (3,0,0,0)
A study of the nature of ethical thinking and its application
to judgments about actions of people that make up society.
Topics to be considered include ethical relativism, moral
virtues and vices, foundations of morality, alternative theoretical
perspectives on moral judgment egoism, altruism,
and legal and regulatory perspectives related to ethics in
business. Prerequisites: Instructor approval and Admission
to Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
PHILOSOPHY DEGREE SHEETS (PDF)