Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics

Professors

Sarah Fisher, Program Director

Deborah Spencer

Ben H. Letson

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PHIL 101 : Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to critical thinking through inquiry into fundamental aspects of philosophy; methods of critical analysis applied to selected ethical, religious, and metaphysical problems. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Individual and Society.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 201 : Ethics

Critical examination of main procedures for making moral decisions. Application of ethical ideas to contemporary moral issues. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines.This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Individual and Society.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 211 : Hist of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

Examination of the development of philosophical ideas from 5th century B.C. through Middle Ages; emphasis on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 212 : History of Modern Philosophy

Development of philosophical ideas as seen in writings of selected thinkers from Renaissance through 19th century. Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, and Hegel.This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 220 : Philosophy of Sport

Analysis of the philosophical issues that arise in sport, investigation of the function and value of sport in society, and consideration of ethical dilemmas arising from participation in sport. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 221 : Health Care Ethics

An examination of ethical questions related to medicine and biomedical research. Special emphasis on patient autonomy, informed consent, medical paternalism, research on animals and human subjects, and allocation of scarce medical resources. This course satisfies the proficiency requirements for Critical Thinking and Ethical Reasoning in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 224 : Environmental Ethics

This course explores a variety of ethical questions regarding the environment and our relationship to it, including but not limited to what obligations we have to animals and wildlife, how those obligations weigh in designing policy, what individual decisions we ought to make regarding our interaction with the environment, and what obligations we have to future generations. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Ethical Reasoning and Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 231 : Techniques of Reasoning

Introduction to techniques of sound reasoning in written and verbal communication. Formulation and testing of arguments; means of identifying and correcting fallacious reasoning. Practical applications. This course satisfies the proficiency requirements for Critical Thinking and Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 240X : History of Political Philosoph

Major works from the history of political philosophy with emphasis on the development of major ideas in political philosophy, debates between major thinkers, and the relevance of great works of political philosophy to human self-understanding and major political issues of our time. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Interpreting Texts.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 314 : 20th Century Philosophy

The development of philosophy in the 20th century; logical positivism, ordinary language analysis, existentialism, pragmatism, and process philosophy.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

101 or 211 or permission of instructor.

PHIL 333 : Aesthetics

Examination of contemporary issues in philosophy of art: definition of a work of art, the nature of aesthetic experience, standards of aesthetic evaluation. Application to painting, sculpture, music composition and performance, drama, acting, film, and dance.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 335 : Philosphy of Religion

Critical examination of philosophical problems of religion: nature of religion, religious experience, theistic proofs,religious knowledge, religious language, alternative views of God, problem of evil, relation of religion and value experience.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

101 or 211 or permission of instructor.

PHIL 341 : Contemp. Problems of Justice

Examination of contemporary political philosophy and its application to key questions of justice in contemporary political life. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Individual and Society.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 350 : Special Topics

Selected topics in philosophy chosen by the instructor in response to student interests.

Semester Hours

3

PHIL 450 : Seminar

Intensive study of a selected philosophical topic.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

PHIL 460 : Independent Study

Advanced independent research in a specific area of philosophy, under the supervision of a faculty member.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

PHIL 470 : Internship I

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

junior or senior status, permission of department, and completion of appropriate coursework.

PHIL 471 : Internship II

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

junior or senior status, permission of department, and completion of appropriate coursework.

PHIL 480 : Senior Project

Individually-designed reading and research program, developed in consultation with faculty in the department, requiring the senior philosophy major to apply acquired analytical skills in attempting to solve a particular philosophical problem.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

PHIL 490 : Honors Thesis

Independent research in a special topic for honors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status, GPA of 3.