Philosophy

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Course Description Cross Listed Course Prerequisite
PHI 200 Introduction to Philosophy 3 An introductory study of some classical philosophical
issues. Includes the mind-body problem; free will,
determinism, and moral responsibility; and arguments concerning the existence of God.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PHI 210 Introduction to Logic 3 An introductory study of the art of reasoning. Attention
to fallacies, inductive inference, traditional Aristotelian logic, and the modern logic of truth-functions.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PHI 310 Moral Philosophy 3 An introductory study of major issues in normative
ethical theory and selected applied topics of social ethics, such as abortion and euthanasia.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PHI 330 Philosophy of Religion 3 An analytical and critical investigation of arguments
concerning the existence and nature of God. Notions
of survival after death and the epistemology of religious claims.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PHI 350 Special Topics in Philosophy 3 A broad range of philosophical topics in specialized areas of philosophy, including historical periods, not covered in the current philosophy program curriculum. Examples include such topics as Philosophy of
Technology, Philosophical Anthropology, and Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant. Consistent with other philosophy 300 level offerings, there are no prerequisites.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PHI 390 Bioethics 3 An exploration of ethical issues arising from modern biology and medicine, including altruism and sociobiology,
abortion, birth control technology, euthanasia,
and genetic engineering.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PHI 400 Metaphysics 3 A critical investigation of arguments concerning categorical concepts including time, space, modalities of
existence, and causality.
Not Applicable PHI 200 or PHI 210 or consent of instructor
PHI 490 Survey of Basic Mathematical Logic 3 A survey of sentential and quantificational language systems and their calculi. Includes proofs of functional
completeness, meta-theorems, Goedel’s proof, and elements of modal logic.
Not Applicable PHI 210 or one course above MAT 111