Philosophy (PHI)

PHI 1510     Introduction to Philosophy     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

Primarily Western in orientation, this course addresses themes such as objectivity and relativism, the existence of God, the nature of reality, the self, knowledge, good lives, wisdom and the meaning of life. This course examines, in an open-ended way, competing answers to fundamental questions of human existence through the analysis, evaluation, or construction of well thought out arguments. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3

GE Outcomes: Critical Thinking


PHI 1520     History of Modern Philosophy     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

The student will read and study the thought of some of the most important modern philosophers in the area of foundations of knowledge, metaphysics, religious belief, political philosophy, aesthetics, and philosophy of science. The primary objective of the course is to understand the unique role of philosophical questioning in the determination of the major human problems of our age. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3

GE Outcomes: Critical Thinking


PHI 1610     Ethics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course addresses themes such as the nature and purpose of morality, the basis and justification of morality and moral beliefs, whether there is anything truly right or wrong, objectivity and relativism, good lives, and what makes for a good person. This course examines, in an open-ended way, standards of responsible choice making through the analysis, evaluation, or construction of well thought out arguments. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3

GE Outcomes: Critical Thinking


PHI 1710     Introduction to Informal Logic     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course is a one-semester introduction to informal argument. Topics addressed include deductive and inductive reasoning; what distinguishes good from bad arguments; common mistakes in reasoning; and the use of language, definition, and explanation. This course, focusing on logic as applied to everyday language, aims at clarifying the rules for clear thinking and improving skills in analysis and reasoning in daily life. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3

GE Outcomes: Critical Thinking


PHI 2100     Special Topics: Human Nature, Selfhood and Identity     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: PHI 1510 or PHI 1610

Human Nature, Selfhood and Identity BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


PHI 2101     Special Topics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: PHI 1510 or PHI 1610

This course will focus on specific topics in philosophy. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes to see which topics are being offered. In studying each topic, students will become aware of the philosophical issues surrounding this topic and the reasoning used by philosophers to defend their particular viewpoints on these issues. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


PHI 2102     Special Topics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: PHI 1510 or PHI 1610

This course will focus on specific topics in philosophy. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes to see which topics are being offered. In studying each topic, students will become aware of the philosophical issues surrounding this topic and the reasoning used by philosophers to defend their particular viewpoints on these issues. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


PHI 2103     Special Topics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: PHI 1510 or PHI 1610

This course will focus on specific topics in philosophy. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes to see which topics are being offered. In studying each topic, students will become aware of the philosophical issues surrounding this topic and the reasoning used by philosophers to defend their particular viewpoints on these issues. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


PHI 2104     Special Topics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: PHI 1510 or PHI 1610

This course will focus on specific topics in philosophy. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes to see which topics are being offered. In studying each topic, students will become aware of the philosophical issues surrounding this topic and the reasoning used by philosophers to defend their particular viewpoints on these issues. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


PHI 2105     Special Topics     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.
Prerequisite: PHI 1510 or PHI 1610

This course will focus on specific topics in philosophy. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes to see which topics are being offered. In studying each topic, students will become aware of the philosophical issues surrounding this topic and the reasoning used by philosophers to defend their particular viewpoints on these issues. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3


PHI 2710     Introduction to Formal Logic     3 Credit Hours

English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1510.

This course is a one semester introduction to formal logic. The course will develop a symbolic language and study arguments constructed using these symbols. Topics will include truth tables, formal study of validity, soundness, and both deductive and inductive reasoning. Students will also study and construct arguments using propositional logic. BILLABLE CONTACT HOURS: 3

GE Outcomes: Critical Thinking