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+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course

+PHIL 100. Philosophies of Life • 3 credits
This introductory level course addresses the question, "What makes life good, meaningful, or worth living?" as well as questions about the nature of the human person and the person's relation to the world. Using literary and philosophical texts, students will identify and clarify their own values and beliefs.

+PHIL 101. Survey of Western Philosophy • 3 credits
Introduces individuals and issues representing western philosophy. Students are also introduced to topic areas covered in-depth in other courses offered by the department.

+PHIL 102. Critical Thinking • 3 credits
Designed to strengthen a student's ability to analyze and evaluate arguments.

+WI PHIL 200. Philosophical Methods • 3 credits
This introductory level course introduces some basic tools philosophers employ when doing philosophy, including Socratic Method and formal logic. Students will be introduced to conventions of philosophical discourse and will practice both oral and written communication. Required for philosophy majors, but open to all students with strong interests in philosophy. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C; one Philosophy course.

+PHIL 207. Ethics • 3 credits
Involves a study of the foundations of human happiness and moral reasoning. It directs attention to such contemporary moral issues as social justice, sex and love, prejudice and abortion.

+PHIL 210. Social/Political Philosophy • 3 credits
Philosophical analysis of social processes as well as an attempt to develop the criteria for judging political institutions. Individuals such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, and Marx may be considered.

+PHIL 217. History of Ancient Philosophy • 3 credits
Introduces the history of western philosophy by examining the positions of, among others, the Pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle. Course is a study of philosophical thought characteristic of the period 600 B.C.E. to 400 C.E.

+PHIL 302. Peace and Justice Seminar • 3 credits
Coordinated by faculty from theology, philosophy and sometimes by an instructor from another field. The course is part of the interdisciplinary minor in justice and peace. Research project required. Prerequisites: JPS 101.

+PHIL 305. Business Ethics • 3 credits
Study of ethical principles and the application of ethical principles to situations relevant to decision-making in the professional and business world. Students will be expected to reflect on question-raising situations that demand careful, informed moral deliberation. Prerequisites: Junior status.

+PHIL 310. Bio-Medical Ethics • 3 credits
Study of ethical principles and the application of ethical principles to situations relevant to decision-making in the professional and business world. Students will be expected to reflect on question-raising situations that demand careful, informed moral deliberation.

+PHIL 311. Environmental Ethics • 3 credits
Discusses environmental issues, analyzes philosophical and theological responses, calls for an evaluation of those responses and challenges the students to draw their own critical conclusions. Prerequisites: One PHIL or THEO course. (Same as THEO 311).

+PHIL 340. Philosophy of Sex and Love • 3 credits
Familiarizes students with the major moral issues surrounding sexuality. Draws upon Western philosophers such as Plato, Shakespeare, Kant, Mill, and Russell, as well as texts such as Vatican documents. Careful examination of major topics in the history and philosophy of love such as romantic love, distinction of love and lust, and the relation of love to marriage and to sex.

+PHIL 343. Ethics of Peace and Non-Violence • 3 credits
An inquiry into the concepts of peace and justice, the methods of conflict resolution, and the various dimensions of a peaceful world. Among others, the positions of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Merton are examined.

+PHIL 350. Philosophy of Religion • 3 credits
A detailed evaluation of topics such as the traditional arguments for the existence of God; the problem of evil, the possibility of an afterlife; the relationship between psychology and religion; the arguments for atheism.

+PHIL 360. History of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy • 3 credits
Examination of the philosophical thought characteristic of the period 400-1550. Among others, looks at thinkers whose positions reflect the Christian world view, such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Prerequisite: PHIL 217.

+WI-PHIL 375. Existentialism • 3 credits
Examines the philosophical and literary works of such thinkers as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, Marcel, Sartre and Heidegger. The major question pursued in the course is, "What is it to be human?" Prerequisite: ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+PHIL 390. Special Topics in Philosophy • 3 credits
For non-majors as well as majors. Deals with specific topics not covered in regular course offerings, including special topics in ethics, the history of philosophy, or other areas of philosophical inquiry. May consider such topics as work/leisure, alienation, oriental philosophy, feminist thought, utopian thought, African-American thought, Marxist thought and the philosophy of science.

+PHIL 400. Philosophy and the Scientific Revolution • 3 credits
The scientific revolution of the 16th to 18th centuries involved a radical, at times dangerous, shift in Western thought, a shift which gave birth to modern science. This course examines the philosophical questions and debates that both rose out of and informed the advances of scientists such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. This course is recommended for philosophy majors and may be of particular interest to STEM and history majors. Prerequisite: PHIL WI-200 or instructor permission.

PHIL 405. Philosophy of Knowledge • 3 credits
Considers questions associated with the nature, scope and reliability of human knowledge. Topics such as philosophical skepticism, idealism, realism, and opinion vs. knowledge are examined. Prerequisite: PHIL WI-200 or instructor permission.

PHIL 420. Metaphysics • 3 credits
Study of the most basic principles of reality. It asks what we can know about the whole of reality (being), the sorts of beings which exist, the status of concepts such as existence, being, body, soul (or mind), matter, freedom and God. Prerequisite: PHIL WI-200 or instructor permission.

PHIL 425. American Philosophy • 3 credits
A detailed study of the history of American philosophy, but with particular emphasis on works by contemporary American philosophers. Topics such as Calvinism, transcendentalism, and pragmatism will be discussed. Prerequisite: PHIL WI-200 or instructor permission.

PHIL 451. Directed Readings in Philosophy · 3 credits
Designed for advanced students, typically majors. Allows a student to organize a reading program centering on some topic not covered in regular courses. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

WI-PHIL 495. Senior Seminar • 3 credits
A capstone course for philosophy majors. Students are primarily responsible for class discussions. Since this is a writing-intensive course, students are expected to express their reactions to class materials in a clear and cogent manner culminating in a final course research paper. Prerequisite: PHIL WI-200.