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The minor in Philosophy is designed to enrich students through an understanding of the views of the important philosophers of the past and to stimulate them to think critically about the basic philosophical questions confronting humans.  A minor in philosophy will prepare the student for graduate level work and will be of value in any vocation that prizes the tradition of liberal arts studies.


Minor in Philosophy:  18 hours

A minor must include a minimum of 12 hours unduplicated by the student’s major(s) and minor(s).


101 Introduction to Philosophy


  201 Origins of Western Philosophy or  202 History of Modern Philosophy 3
  300 Ethics and Values 3
  310 Logic 3

Upper level electives by advisement

The student may include up to 6 hours of Social Sciences selected from HIS 305, 310, POS 315 or other courses with philosophical content.


Undergraduate Courses

PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3)  A philosophical examination of fundamental human questions, conducted through reading and discussions concerning problems in knowledge, reality and value (ethics and aesthetics).
PHI 201 The Origins of Western Philosophy (3)  Readings in the pre-Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and others.
PHI 202 History of Modern Philosophy (3)  History and problems of philosophy from the later Renaissance to the 20th century, developed through readings in the major philosophers of each century.
PHI 208 Aesthetics (3)  A survey of the major philosophical theories of art from ancient Greece to modern times, with examination of the standards proposed by each theory for evaluating works of art.
PHI 300 Ethics and Values (3)  A general education ethics course intended to introduce students to philosophical reasoning about ethical issues.  This course emphasizes understanding philosophical inquiry and argument, thinking critically about major ethical systems and the ideas of prominent philosophers, and applying philosophical perspectives and ethical principles to contemporary ethical issues.
PHI 310 Logic (3)  An examination of the uses of language and the processes of deductive and inductive inference.
PHI 330 Philosophy of Religion (3)  Consideration of the central philosophical problems presented by systems of religious belief.  Possible topics include the nature and attributes of God, arguments for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil, faith and the need for evidence, miracles, and mystical experience.  An understanding of the methods of philosophical inquiry and of the ideas of prominent philosophers will be emphasized.
PHI 335 Comparative Religion (3)  A survey of the metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and political tenets of the major world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
PHI 350 Topics in Philosophy (3)  A course which focuses on areas or disciplines within Philosophy (examples Philosophy of Science, Existentialism, Philosophies of the Orient, Philosophy of Language, Special Topics in Metaphysics, Epistemology, or Ontology).  May be taken more than once, so long as topics vary.


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