B.A. in Philosophy

Requirements

Summary of Requirements

2017-2018
General Studies 37
Major and Related Courses 30
Free Elective Courses 53
TOTAL 120

Required philosophy courses 12 hours

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PHI 201 Introduction to Logic 3
PHI 311 History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3
PHI 312 History of Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy 3
PHI 313 History of Late Modern and Contemporary Philosophy 3

Elective philosophy courses 15 hours

Choose fifteen credit hours:
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PHI 150 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHI 195 Special Topics 1-5
PHI 240 Applied Ethics 4
PHI 257 Moral Philosophy 3
PHI 290 Ethics and Health Care 3
PHI 295 Special Topics 1-5
PHI 300 Metaphysics and Epistemology 3
PHI 318 Social and Political Philosophy 3
PHI 320 Topics in Ethics 3
PHI 325 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHI 359 Philosophy of Punishment 3
PHI 395 Special Topics 1-5
PHI 410 American Philosophy 3
PHI 415 Great Thinkers in Philosophy 3
PHI 450 Bioethics and the Deaf Community 3
PHI 495 Special Topics 1-5
PHI 499 Independent Study 1-3

Required Capstone course 3 hours

Choose one course:
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PHI 493 Senior Research Paper 3
PHI 494 Senior Thesis 3

Courses

PHI 150 - Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Introductory study of the principal areas and problems of philosophy, including the nature and methods of philosophical analysis, mind and matter, meaning and knowledge, appearance and reality, the existence of God, and moral responsibility.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent

PHI 195 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

PHI 201 - Introduction to Logic (3)

Introductory study of the basic concepts of logic, the rules of valid inference, formal and informal fallacies, and basic symbolic logic.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent

PHI 240 - Applied Ethics (4)

This course enables students to use theories and concepts from moral philosophy to make well-reasoned ethical judgments, and to apply those judgments to promote social justice. Each section will focus on a central ethical issue, which may vary from section to section, and will draw content from multiple disciplines. Students will engage in experiential learning activities, such as service learning, to connect theoretical content with real world applications of ethics. This course may be cross-listed with specific sections of GSR 240.

Prerequisite: GSR 150

PHI 257 - Moral Philosophy (3)

Study of questions relating to value judgments, such as “What makes actions right or wrong?” and “What are the components of a good life?” This course covers the principles and methods of moral reasoning. Students will compare and evaluate various ethical theories, and use them to examine and debate classic problems and current controversies.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent

PHI 290 - Ethics and Health Care (3)

This course is an introduction to the field of medical ethics and the kinds of decisions individuals and families make about health care and treatment options. Students will look at current issues such as kinds of treatment and their effects, allocation of health care resources, ethical issues of health care professionals, managed care decisions, and end of life decisions. Students will apply philosophical theories of ethics to these issues and develop perspectives on health care decision making.

Prerequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent

PHI 295 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

PHI 300 - Metaphysics and Epistemology (3)

Study of the nature of reality and our knowledge thereof. Questions for consideration include: Is there a "real world" that is different from the way things appear? What are properties? Do humans ever freely choose their actions? Is there such a thing as truth? How does evidence justify belief? Can we really know anything?

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy.

PHI 311 - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)

Survey of Western philosophical thought from the pre-Socratics to Thomas Aquinas.

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or equivalent, and one course in philosophy; or permission of instructor

PHI 312 - History of Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy (3)

Survey of Western philosophical thought from Bacon to Kant.

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or equivalent, and one course in philosophy; or permission of instructor

PHI 313 - History of Late Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (3)

A survey of Western philosophical thought from Hegel to Wittgenstein.

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or equivalent, and one course in philosophy; or permission of instructor

PHI 318 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)

Study of major social and political philosophies, including explanation and discussion of the principal ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, and the Founding Fathers.

Prerequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent

PHI 320 - Topics in Ethics (3)

The study of topics relating to ethics that are not covered in depth in the regular departmental course offerings. Topics may include moral theory, moral psychology, applied ethics, and controversial social issues.

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy; or permission of the instructor

PHI 325 - Philosophy of Religion (3)

Study of the nature of religious knowledge, grounds for belief in God, immortality, the problem of evil, and morality and religion.

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy.

PHI 359 - Philosophy of Punishment (3)

A critical study of the major theories justifying the punishment of criminals, including retributivism, consequentialism, and hybrid and alternative approaches. Arguments about the appropriateness of certain punishments, such as the death penalty and felon disenfranchisement, will also be considered. Emphasis will be on analysis and evaluation of complex texts and on ethical debate.

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy or sociology

PHI 395 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

PHI 410 - American Philosophy (3)

Survey of American philosophy, including basic ideas of Edwards, the Founding Fathers, Emerson, Thoreau, Peirce, James, Dewey, Whitehead, and representatives of contemporary thought.

Prerequisite: GSR 150 or the equivalent

PHI 415 - Great Thinkers in Philosophy (3)

An in-depth study of one or two related major philosophers. The philosophical thinkers will vary by semester. This course will include analyzing the philosopher's own works as well as commentaries and criticisms by others.

Prerequisite: PHI 311 or 312 or 313; or permission of the instructor

PHI 450 - Bioethics and the Deaf Community (3)

Bioethics is a branch of applied ethics, which in turn is a part of the philosophical field of ethics. Bioethics applies ethical theory to issues in the biological sciences, including scientific research and healthcare. This course introduces major theoretical approaches to bioethics and applies them to topics of interest to the deaf community, including (but not limited to) eugenics, cochlear implant surgery, and genetic technology. Bioethics theories and concepts covered will include informed consent, research ethics, individual and group rights, surrogate decision-making, quality of life, genetic enhancement versus gene therapy, and wrongful life. The potential impact of new and emerging technologies on the deaf community will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: GSR 150 or the equivalent; one course in philosophy.

PHI 493 - Senior Research Paper (3)

Students will research and write a high quality formal philosophy paper, approximately 20 - 25 pages in length, on a topic determined in consultation with the instructor. The thesis shall be reviewed by, and defended before, a committee of at least three members of the faculty, including the instructor.

Prerequisites: Philosophy majors only; 15 credit hours in philosophy, senior standing and permission of the department chair

PHI 494 - Senior Thesis (3)

A course of intensified research and the writing of a thesis, approximately 50 pages in length, on a topic determined in consultation with the instructor. The thesis shall be reviewed by, and defended before, a committee of at least three members of the faculty, including the instructor.

Prerequisites: Philosophy majors only; 15 credit hours in philosophy, senior standing, PHI 499, and permission of the department chair

PHI 495 - Special Topics (1-5)

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

PHI 499 - Independent Study (1-3)

Study of special problems in philosophy through extensive reading, independent research, and writing. Problems to be considered and materials to be covered will be determined in consultation with the instructor.

Prerequisites: 12 hours of philosophy and permission of the department chair