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Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Courses

Courses in Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 1305. Philosophy and Critical Thinking.

(PHIL 1301) A study of universal philosophical problems and their solutions witha view toward developing clear thinking about knowledge, belief, and value. Approximately one half of this course will focus on the student’s critical thinking skills. Credit cannot be given for both PHIL 1305 and 3301. (WI).

PHIL 1320. Ethics and Society.

(PHIL 2306) Study of ethics, its recent focus on social problems, and new fields of inquiry, including environmental ethics, ethics in business, professions, technology and sport. Also such global issues as poverty, minority rights, andstem cell research. Emphasis on development and application of principles of critical thinking and moral reasoning. (WI).

PHIL 1330. Critical Thinking.

Study of informal fallacies, valid argument forms, problem solving strategies, language clarification, and application of analytic skills.

PHIL 2311. History of Philosophy Before 1600.

(PHIL 2316) Early Greek, Roman, and medieval systems of thought. (MC) (WI).

PHIL 2312. History of Philosophy Since 1600.

Modern philosophical thought through the 19th century. (MC) (WI)

PHIL 2330. Elementary Logic.

A study of the nature and forms of correct reasoning, both deductive and inductive.

PHIL 3301. Philosophical Issues.

The great philosophical concepts that have challenged the best thoughts of people and have contributed to the fulfillment of the good life. Emphasis upon the applicability of those concepts to human life in our time and to the development of intellectual perspective. Approximately one half of this course will focus on the student’s critical thinking skills. Credit cannot be given for both PHIL 3301 and 1305. (WI).

PHIL 3314. American Philosophy.

Examination of contributions of Americans to perennial philosophical issues. (WI).

PHIL 3315. Contemporary Philosophy.

Selected readings in late 19th and 20th century philosophy: existentialism, positivism, analytic philosophy, phenomenology, and pragmatism. Prerequisite: 3 hours of lower division PHIL, PHIL 3301, or consent of instructor. (WI).

PHIL 3316. Existentialism and Phenomenology.

A study of the nature of human experience and existence in the philosophiesof Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Camus. Topics will include freedom, dread, emotion, death, other minds, faith, and the past as experienced by the individual. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 3317. Science and Religion.

An examination of modern science and Western religion, and an analysis of the issues and ideas involved in the relationships between them. Prerequisites: 3 hours of lower division PHIL, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 3318. Reason, God and Nature.

An analysis of the concept of God, terms predicated on God, and theological propositions. An attempt to determine the nature of religious utterances in comparison with those of everyday life, scientific discovery, morality, and imaginative expression. Prerequisite: 3 hours of lower division PHIL, PHIL 3301, or consent of instructor. (Capstone) (WI)

PHIL 3320. Ethics.

A study of classical and contemporary philosophical inquiries into our knowledge of the “good” and the grounds of moral obligation. May be repeated once for additional credit. (Capstone) Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division PHIL, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 3321. Contemporary Moral Problems.

Contemporary Moral Problems. (3-0) Exploration of philosophical dimensions of contemporary moral problems such as abortion, euthanasia, poverty, animal rights, nuclear war, and privacy in a computer age. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. May be repeated once for additional credit. (WI).

PHIL 3322. Professional Ethics.

Study of major topics in business and professional ethics, including what a profession is, whether it differs from business, and what is involved with the moral education, social responsibilities, and ethical standards of professionals and business people. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (Capstone) (WI).

PHIL 3323. Environmental Ethics.

Study of ethical issues associated with the environment including nature, use, preservation, and restoration of the environment.

PHIL 3324. Meaning of Life.

Investigation of major theories of the meaning of life in Western and Eastern philosophies. (WI).

PHIL 3325. Philosophy of Sex and Love.

Critical survey of major thinking on sex and love from ancient to modern times. (WI).

PHIL 3326. Philosophy and Sport.

Examines philosophical issues in sport, including the social significance of sport, ethical issues, gender equity, sport and race, mind and body in sport, aesthetics, sport and self-knowledge, and the connection of sport and philosophy. Prerequisite: 3 hours of lower division PHIL, PHIL 3301, or consent of instructor. (WI).

PHIL 3331. Philosophy of Law.

The major theses which have been set forth in the history of jurisprudence including foundations of law, natural law, legal positivism, and the judicial process. (Capstone) (WI).

PHIL 3332. Social and Political Philosophy.

Critical examination of major theories concerning the organization of societiesand governments. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (Capstone) (WI).

PHIL 3333. Feminist Theory.

This course will examine major feminist theories including liberal feminism, Marxist feminism, radical feminism, and post-modernist feminism with an eye especially to revealing the complexity and diversity of contemporary feminist thought. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, WS 3376 or 3377, or permission of the instructor. (MC) (WI).

PHIL 3340. Symbolic Logic.

Study of the logic of propositions through prepositional calculi, formal proofs, and first-order functional calculi. Also included is an investigation into the axiomatic method as used in logic and mathematics, including the concepts of completeness and consistency. Prerequisite: PHIL 2330, or MATH 2372, or consent of instructor.

PHIL 3351. Philosophy and Literature.

The course explores the relation between philosophy and literature. Prerequisite:Three hours lower division PHIL, PHIL 3301, or consent of instructor. (WI).

PHIL 4301. Applied Philosophy.

Practical application of methods and teaching of philosophy to religion, science, morality, politics, art, or literature. The study of one or more of these areas will demonstrate how philosophy contributes to the identification of issues as well as their resolution. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 3 hours of lower division PHIL, PHIL 3301, or consent of instructor. (Capstone) (WI).

PHIL 4302. Dialogue.

Study of literature about the nature, purpose, and significance of dialogue along with active participation in the dialogues of the Department of Philosophy’s Dialogue Series. Prerequisite: PHIL 1305 or permission of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 4303. Philosophy of Technology.

Study of philosophical and ethical dimensions of technology including the natureof technology and technological progress, the relation of humans to the technological environment, whether technology is value-laden, and the social character of technology. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy,PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 4350. Philosophy of the Arts.

A critical and historical analysis of the nature of aesthetic experience and creative genius. Prerequisite: three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (Capstone) (WI).

PHIL 4351. Philosophy of Education.

Study of major philosophical theories on nature, values, and purpose of education. (WI).

PHIL 4355. Philosophical Theory of Science.

Study of the major theories concerning the nature and value of science andthe scientific method. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis. Prerequisite: 3 hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of instructor. (Capstone) (WI).

PHIL 4356. Philosophical Theory of Knowledge.

A study of the major theories concerning knowledge, belief, certainty, and perception. Repeatable for credit with different emphasis. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 4370. Metaphysics.

Systematic study of metaphysical problems by examination of classical and modern texts. Topics considered will involve being and unity, mind and matter,God, causation and necessity, free will and determinism. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 4371. Asian Philosophy.

The course covers mainly Chinese and Indian philosophy, such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism. How do people in the orient look at the meanings of life, the nature of the world and their place in the world? This course shall shed light on these issues. May be repeated for credit. (MC) (WI).

PHIL 4372. Latin American Philosophy.

Study of ancient Latin American thought, including Mayan, Aztec, Toltec, andIncan, pre- and post conquest Latin American philosophy, contemporary Latin American philosophy, and the thinking of Latin Americans in the U.S. Prerequisite: PHIL 1305 or permission of the instructor. (WI).

PHIL 4388. Problems in Philosophy.

Independent study of specific problems in philosophy. Open to students on an individual or small group basis by arrangement with the Department of Philosophy. Problem area, bibliography, and study paper outline are to be approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: Three hours of lower division philosophy, PHIL 3301, or consent of the instructor. May be repeated once for additional credit.
 

Courses in Religion (REL)

REL 1300. World Religions.

This course will be a survey and comparativestudy of the major religions of the world includingJudaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism,Confucianism, and the Indigenous Religions. Recommendedas an entry course for religion minors.

REL 2310. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible.

An introduction to the contemporary academic study of the Hebrew Bible (“OldTestament”) and related Near Eastern and Second TempleJewish literature. Representative texts will be examined usingthe historical and literary methods of scholarship.

REL 2315. Introduction to the New Testament.

An introduction to the contemporary academic study of the NewTestament, including apocryphal and post-canonical works.Representative texts will be examined using the historicaland literary methods of scholarship.

REL 2321. Founders, Prophets and Saints.

Critical analysis of the life, works, and thought of a major religious figure, e.g.,Jesus, Paul, Luther, St. Teresa, Maimonides, the Baal ShemTov, Mohammad, al-Ghazzali, Rumi, Buddha, Gandhi. Maybe repeated for credit. (WI).

REL 2360. Asian Religious Traditions.

This course is a survey of the major religious traditions originating in Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and others. Basic doctrines and practices will be covered in an historical framework. (WI).

REL 3340. Religion, Literature, and the Arts.

The course features a thematic selection of literary and artistic works in orderto examine the connections and disconnections betweenthe aesthetic and religious aspects of human culture. May betaken twice for credit with different topics. (WI).

REL 3342. The Homeric Epic: The Illiad and the Odyssey.

A close reading of the Iliad and the Odyssey in English translation,with emphasis on philosophical and religious issues.Prominent topics include the gods, religious rituals, heroicethics, and the human condition. The course also considersthe concept of a classic in religion and literature. (WI).

REL 3364. Abrahamic Religious Traditions.

A comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Basic doctrines and practices will be covered in an historical framework. Attentionwill be given to both majority and minority variants of eachtradition. (WI).

REL 3366. Topics in Comparative Religion.

The course is a comparative examination of religions. Topics might include mysticism, scriptures, heroic figures or saints, and engagement with philosophical traditions. (WI).

REL 3370. Mythology and Cosmology.

This course examines human efforts to address questions of cosmic origins, with a global, comparative survey of cosmogonic (creation) myths and a historical approach to modern cosmology. It examines the features and functions of mythopoetic and scientific thought, and reflects philosophically on questions of origin and meaning. May be taken twice for credit with different topics.

REL 3372. Apocalypticism.

An historical-cultural survey of end-of-the-world literature, art, and thought in Western Civilization, from ancient Judaism and Christianity tothe present. Historical and scientific methods provide theframework for this course. (WI).

 

REL 3381. The Philosophical and Spiritual Heritage of India.

Indian philosophers predominantly present a spiritual, multi-dimensional outlook on the nature of reality and human consciousness; they combine reason, experience, yoga and meditation as methods of inquiry. This course will explore Indian spiritual philosophy from the time of the ancient Vedas to the contribution of modern sages. (WI).

REL 4300. Advanced Methods in Religious Studies.

This course provides a rigorous grounding in the intellectual tradition of academic religious studies. It includes the major theorists and a sustained examination of the problem of method. This course is strongly urged for RS minors and students intending graduate work in the field. Prerequisite: At least one course from those included in the minor; two recommended.

REL 4388. Problems in Religion.

Independent study of specific topics in religion. Open to students on an individual or small group basis. May be repeated for credit with different emphasis.