Philosophy

Philosophy Minor - 18 Hours

PL306     Ethics and the Professions (3)

One (1) from the following:
PL101     Introduction to Logic (3)
PL105     Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Three (3) from the following:
PL225     Philosophy of Religion (3)
PL310     Ethics and Leadership (3)
PL311     The Study of Knowledge (3)
PL314     World Religions Today (3)

Philosophy Courses

PL101 Introduction to Logic. 3 hours. Introduction to the study of logic. Attention is given to both the analysis of formal arguments and the examination of arguments in ordinary language. Special attention is given to induction and informal fallacies.

PL102 Critical Thinking. 3 hours. Students explore the skills for analyzing and constructing arguments, including skills such as: identifying premises and conclusions; putting arguments in logical order; recognizing and revising types of informal fallacies; drawing conclusions using deductive argument forms; evaluating arguments for validity; and constructing one’s own valid arguments.

PL105 Introduction to Philosophy. 3 hours. The nature of philosophy and its methods; the problems of knowledge, reality, ethics, aesthetics and religion.

PL106 Introduction to Western Philosophy. 3 hours. Students explore the nature of philosophy and its methods. Attention is given to fundamental questions of the Western philosophical traditions, including the problems of knowledge, reality, ethics, aesthetics, and religion. 

PL225 Philosophy of Religion. 3 hours. This is a study of the nature of religion and of the relation of philosophy to theology. Attention is given to such problems as the existence of God, knowledge of God, faith, religious language, evil, immortality, and eschatology. Cross-listed with RL225. Prerequisite: RL122.

PL306 Ethics and the Professions. 3 hours. After an introduction to ethics, ethical theories, and the art of critical thinking about ethical issues, students will examine ethical issues specific to their chosen professions. Emphasis in the past has been on ethics and the sciences (medicine, experimentation, genetics), the environment (corporation vs. individual rights, responsibilities to animals and to the environment), and philosophy of law (justice, equality, rights, responsibility, and punishment). Emphasis is on case studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

PL310 Ethics and Leadership. 3 hours. Leadership uninformed by character is likely empty at best and disastrous at worst. Thus, the course will examine leadership styles and the ethics of leadership as a consequence of or a derivative of adequate character and a strong sense of personal responsibility. The course will examine "good," Relativism, the relation of character and virtue, leadership responsibilities, and personal responsibility. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

PL311 The Study of Knowledge. 3 hours. Students explore the areas of knowledge, belief, and truth. Students will be introduced to concepts such as skepticism and justification. Students will explore what counts as knowledge and how these issues affect the areas of morality, science, math, and society.

PL321 Asain Philosophy and Religion. 3 hours. Students explore philosophical and religious traditions of Asia. Traditions treated may include Hinduism, Buddhism in South and East Asia, Confucianism and Daoism. Emphasis is placed on the philosophical worldviews articulated in their respective texts. 

PL340 Comparative Philosophy and Religion. 3 hours. This course treats a theme across a number of religious and philosophical traditions. Special attention is given to comparative methodology. Themes might include: evil, saints and sages, mysticism, food, etc.