PHIL101 - Logic
Credit: 3 semester hours

Analyzes the forms of good and bad arguments. Students will learn to distinguish between premises and conclusions, deduction and induction, validity and invalidity, and strength and weakness. The course also includes a survey of common informal fallacies. Finally, the course covers the basic components of traditional (Aristotelian) logic, including categorical propositions, the square of opposition, and categorical syllogisms. The work for the course consists mainly in practicing frequent logical exercises and solving logical problems. The course aims mainly at building skills of clear analytical thinking, more so than at increasing a store of information about any particular philosophical or non-philosophical subject matter. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

PHIL113 - Philosophy of the Person
Credit: 3 semester hours

Introduces some of the basic problems of philosophy, including the validity and limits of human knowledge, the order and disorder in the universe and in the human situation, the existence of God, and human happiness and virtue. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

PHIL154 - Ethics
Credit: 3 semester hours

A study of the major ethical theories from the ancient Greeks to the present. Also a study of the main challenges to ethics, particularly ethical relativism and ethical egoism. Although there will be efforts to show how the theories apply to specific moral dilemmas, the emphasis will be on the theoretical issues of the different ways to understand the basis of moral authority, the nature of the moral point of view, and the moral institutions of social life. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

PHIL301 - Political Philosophy
Credit: 3 semester hours

Introduces pivotal texts in the history of political thought, exploring the nature of society and of legitimate and illegitimate forms of government. In examining these texts, students will also consider the natures of justice and equality, of authority and power, as well as the relations between the individual and the state. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

PHIL306 - Special Topics in Philosophy
Credit: 3 semester hours

Provides the student with an opportunity to investigate a special topic in philosophy in some depth. The course makes use of primary philosophical texts along with current scholarship. Some of the topics that will be offered under this course designation will be problems in ethical theory; the philosophy of religion; existentialist themes; and problems of knowledge and reality. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

PHIL490 - Independent Study
Credit: 1-6 semester hours

Under faculty direction, students engage in directed readings and tutorials that lead to the production of a major research paper that involves analysis of primary and secondary works. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.