Academic Catalog

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 101  Introduction to Philosophy (GH)  (3 credits)  

This course is a study of some of the major questions and issues arising in philosophy. Course content includes selected philosophers' views on the nature of knowledge, the existence of God, ethical values and the role of the State.

PHIL 200  Principles of Logic (GH)  (3 credits)  

Students examine selected principles of formal and informal logic with the purpose of developing the ability to think critically, reason clearly and use language precisely. The course provides students with theoretical and practical reasoning skills needed to construct sound arguments and evaluate the arguments of others.

PHIL 205  Ethics (GH)  (3 credits)  

This introductory course in philosophical ethics encompasses the prominent ethical theories of Western philosophy and considers the application of ethics to modern cases and current situations. This course acquaints students with the major philosophical ethical thinkers in Western philosophy and their ethical theories. It gives students the philosophical perspectives and skills needed to recognize, understand, and apply these theories to contemporary issues in an intelligent and effective way by applying the theories to ethical cases.

PHIL 220  Bioethics (GH)  (3 credits)  

The course covers pertinent ethical theories and applies them to cases drawn from several health care fields. Students gain philosophical understanding and ethical techniques necessary to identify and deal with such issues in theory and practice.

PHIL 221  Business Ethics (GH)  (3 credits)  

This course serves as an introduction to the philosophical study of ethics and the applied sub discipline of business ethics by covering pertinent ethical theories and applies them to cases drawn from the several business ethics fields. Students will gain philosophical understanding and ethical techniques necessary to identify and deal with such issues in theory and practice.

PHIL 222  Environmental Ethics  (3 credits)  

This course examines both the theory and practice of the relationship of humans to the non-human world. In addition, students explore environmental thinking with an historical context. Among issues discussed are population and consumption, food ethics, animal rights, and climate control.

PHIL 250  Philosophy of Religion (GH)  (3 credits)  

This course addresses prominent questions generated by a philosophical study of religions. As such, the method is rational evaluation and fair-minded scrutiny of the issues. Issues include: the existence and nature of god, the afterlife, the soul, and pluralism. The course also examines insights and understandings proposed by some of the greatest thinkers in the discipline. The course is an objective academic study and is not faith-based.