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Philosophy (Minor)

Primary or Secondary Minor

Philosophy is among the oldest of all fields of study and deals with eternal issues such as the meaning of existence, moral and aesthetic values, the nature of reality and the existence of God. Students minoring in philosophy will be able to think philosophically, think ethically, and become acquainted with the philosophical tradition.

Core Philosophy (Minor) Courses

PHIL 100 - Introduction to Philosophy

An introductory course that surveys representative ancient, medieval and modern philosophers (including Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Soren Kierkegaard) in their historical context. In this process, students are also introduced to some key philosophical ideas. Read more »

PHIL 110 - Logical Thinking

An introduction to principles of good reasoning. Shows how to assess arguments, how to formulate cogent arguments and how to recognize and avoid logical fallacies. Read more »

PHIL 210 - Ethics

Looks at several ethical theories that shape how people think ethically. Then examines various human behaviors, individual and social, from a moral viewpoint. Focuses on arguments for moral positions. Prerequisite: Sophomore status Read more »

PHIL 212 - Ethics in Business and Society

Application of philosophical method to understanding ethical issues in business, including civil liberties in the workplace, obligations to the firm and to third parties, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, product safety, environmental protection, corporate responsibility, economic justice and black markets. Prerequisite: 20 hours of college course work or instructor approval Read more »

PHIL 215 - Philosophy in Film, Literature and Art

Aesthetic exploration of philosophical ideas. Utilizes philosophical discourse and imaginative narrative to examine such issues as reality, human nature, free will, the mind, ethics and God. Read more »

PHIL 300 - History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval

PHIL 300 History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval 3 sem. hrs. Survey of ideas from the history of ancient and medieval philosophy. Primary focus on Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas. Examines influential philosophical views on ethics, self, world and God. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or instructor approval Read more »

PHIL 310 - History of Philosophy: Modern

Survey of ideas from the history of modern philosophy, from Descartes through Nietzsche. Examines influential philosophical views on ethics, self, world and God. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in philosophy or instructor approval Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

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