Philosophy

The major focuses on developing rigorously critical and creative thinking across a range of issues, from the purely theoretical to the specific and practical, from such questions as the nature of objectivity to whether meat-eating is morally permissible.
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Philosophy Major
Philosophy and Religion Minor
Religious Studies Minor

Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

It emphasizes problem-solving, methods for resolving conflicting positions, and cultivation of the moral imagination and expansion of human sympathies. It also advances understanding and appreciation of relationships between the various disciplines and fields of study. It accomplishes these goals by means of a combination of historical, analytical, and synthesizing studies. This kind of philosophical work prepares students for a variety of positions that call for clear, rigorous, creative, and humane analysis and judgment.

Philosophy Major

Associate Professor B. Frazier, Chair

Fifteen courses (45 semester hours) are needed to complete the major. At least six courses (18 semester hours) must be taken at the 300-level.

REQUIRED COURSES

Core: All of the following (24 sem. hrs.):

PHIL 100 Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 114 Logic and Critical Thinking (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 230 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 235 Modern and Post-Modern Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 240 Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 325 Belief and Knowledge (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 331 Mind (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 402 Research and Thesis in Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)

Meaning, Aesthetics, Religion: One of the following (3 sem. hrs.):

PHIL 245 Meaning (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 329 Aesthetics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 300 Philosophy of Religion (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 255 Islamic Civilization and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 269 History, Myth and Religion (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 330 Native Americans and the Environment (3 sem. hrs.)

Modernity and Post-Modernity: One of the following (3 sem. hrs.):

ARTH 270 A Survey of Modern Art (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 380 Writing Literary Criticism: Methods and Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 228 The Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 330 The Enlightenment and the French Revolution (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 321 Faith and Post-Modern Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 375 Body and Soul: From Antiquity to Post-Modernity (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 363 Sociological Theory (3 sem. hrs.)

Mind: One of the following (3 sem. hrs.):

PSY 224 Social Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 275 Positive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 338 Psychotherapy (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 340 Psycholinguistics (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 347 Cognitive Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 349 Cognition and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)

Body, Gender, Power: One of the following (3 sem. hrs.):

ANTH 222 Anthropology, Religion and Colonialism (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 359 The Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 305 Gender, Power, Literature, Film (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 310 Ethics, Law, and Social Policy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 342 Sexual and Reproductive Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 235 Social Deviance (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277 Social Inequality: Class and Ethnicity (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 315 Men and Masculinities (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 245 Body Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 301 Feminist Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 310 Feminist Methodologies: Intersectionalities (3 sem. hrs.)

Three additional courses from any of the courses listed above (9 sem. hrs.) or PHIL 395 Tutorial in Philosophy and/or PHIL 399 Independent Study in Philosophy

Philosophy and Religion Minor

Associate Professor B. Frazier, Coordinator

The minor in philosophy and religion is an integrated selection of courses designed to underscore the importance of free inquiry, critical reflection, and reasoned discourse in the interchange of ideas and issues between these areas.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 7 (21 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

PHIL 100 Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 300 Philosophy of Religion (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 325 Belief and Knowledge (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 100 Gods and Creation: East and West (3 sem. hrs.)

Three additional courses from the following (9 sem. hrs.)

ANTH 222 Anthropology, Religion and Colonialism (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 240 Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 245 Meaning (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 269 History, Myth and Religion (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 275 Religions of Asia (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 321 Faith and Post-Modern Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 375 Body and Soul: From Antiquity to Post-Modernity (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 245 Body Politics (3 sem. hrs.)

Religious Studies Minor

Professor E. Olson, Coordinator

The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

The following (6 sem. hrs.)

PHIL 100 Philosophy (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 100 Gods and Creation: East and West (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ANTH 222 Anthropology, Religion and Colonialism (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 250 Hawaii: Colonialism and Tourism (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 255 Islamic Civilization and Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 263 The Hebrew Bible and Jewish Tradition (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 264 The New Testament and Early Christianity (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 275 Religions of Asia (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 330 Native Americans and the Environment (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

PHIL 245 Meaning (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 300 Philosophy of Religion (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 325 Belief and Knowledge (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 321 Faith and Post-Modern Culture (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 375 Body and Soul: From Antiquity to Post-Modernity (3 sem. hrs.)

An additional two courses in religion above the 100-level (including the philosophy and anthropology courses listed above.) (6 sem. hrs.)

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