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)

One (1) from the following:
PL303     Classical to Medieval Thought (3)
PL304     Modern to Contemporary Thought (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

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. Odd-numbered years.

PL260 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

PL268 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-3 hours.

PL290 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. This is an intermediate-level course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

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. Alternating years.

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. Alternating semesters.

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. Alternating years.

PL360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

PL368 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-3 hours.

PL390 Special Topics. 1-5 hours. This is an advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.