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undergrad
 Philosophy

Department of English and Comparartive Literature
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professors:  S. Stelzer (Unit Head), E. Wolf-Gazo
Associate Professors: W. Lammi, R. Switzer
Assistant Professors: D. Coble, G. Harman

The study of philosophy involves engaging in a process of coming to terms with oneself, and thus with one's place in the world. This requires a clear and careful thinking of a wide ranging sort, questioning assumptions and attitudes, analyzing problems thoroughly and seeking their solutions through sound reasoning and evidence. Some of the major concerns addressed by philosophy are: moral and socio-political values, the nature of knowledge, the relation of the mind to the body, the principles of the sciences, the arts, and religion. Philosophy aims, in addition, comprehensively to situate these subjects in terms of underlying questions about the meaning of existence and the nature of reality.

Bachelor of Arts

The philosophy major stresses a firm grounding in both the history and the disciplines of philosophy. It is strongly recommended that students majoring in Philosophy   minor in another discipline and to explore other areas of study offered by the university. Thirty-nine (39) credit hours of philosophy course-work are required for the major in philosophy. A total of 120 credit hours are required for the bachelor's degree in philosophy. Declared majors must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours of philosophy every semester. Exception to the 6 credit per semester minimum require written permission from the unit.

To major in Philosophy, students must have taken PHIL 220 course with not less than a B grade. In addition, they must have a minimum of 2.4 overall GPA.

Core Curriculum  (40 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)

PHIL

312

Classical Philosophy

 

314

Modern Philosophy

 

316

Contemporary Philosophy

 

Area Electives (9 credits)
Two of the following:

PHIL

310

Philosophy of Art

 

315

Ethics

 

318

Theory of Knowledge

 

358

Social and Political Philosophy

 

402

Metaphysics

 

One of the following:

PHIL

418

Philosophical Masterpieces

 

420

Philosophical Figures

 

Electives in Philosophy (21 credits)
Any seven courses in philosophy excluding PHIL 220 (Philosophical Thinking).

Electives (41 credits)

Minor

The minor in philosophy introduces the student to the specific forms of philosophic questioning and to philosophic methods and modes of thought. It offers an opportunity for students to learn about the unique contribution philosophical traditions have made to civilization; moreover the minor shows students the close relationship philosophy has with the social sciences, the arts, and the natural sciences.

Requirements (15 credits): 
Any five philosophy courses, exclusive of PHIL 220, selected in consultation with a member of the philosophy faculty. PHIL 220 is prerequisite for all philosophy courses except PHIL 221.

All 300-level philosophy courses and above may  fulfill the humanities requirements.

Philosophy Courses (PHIL)

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

220

Philosophic Thinking (core curriculum requirement)

221

Logic and Critical Thinking

224

Self and Society

228

World Views

310

Philosophy and Art

312

Classical Philosophy

314

Modern Philosophy

315

Ethics

316

Contemporary Philosophy

318

Theory of Knowledge

319

Development and Responsibility

344

Literature and Philosophy: Selected Topics

354

Islamic Philosophy

356

American Philosophy

358

Social and Political Philosophy

360

Philosophy of Language and Communication

362

Formal and Mathematical Logic

382

Philosophy of Science and Technology

390-391

Issues and Values

402

Metaphysics

403-404

Selected Topics in Philosophy

418

Philosophical Masterpieces

420

Philosophical Figures

 

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