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Philosophy and World Religions

Philosophy Major

Philosophy Major

36 Philosophy credits are required for the major.

Students majoring in Philosophy achieve five learning goals throughout the course of the major. 

A learning goal is a set of skills or body of knowledge that a student should expect to acquire or expand their mastery of by completing a particular major.
By establishing "learning goals," majors in Philosophy know exactly why they are taking each class. These learning goals divide the classes taken by majors in Philosophy into categories that are easily understood and that guide the student through the major and the learning process.


Learning Goal 1: Acquiring Skills

Improve your ability to think critically, write clearly, and read complex materials with understanding.

LOGICAL REASONING
Take:
Elementary Logic PHIL 1030

Read numerous complex philosophical texts and be able to proficiently (1) identify the author's thesis, (2) reconstruct the author's argument for the thesis, (3) identify explicit and implicit assumptions in the argument, and (4) evaluate the argument by identifying its logical strengths and weaknesses.

READING FOR ARGUMENTS AND ASSUMPTIONS
Take at least two critical reading courses. These courses are marked with an "R" and can count towards other categories as well. They are also listed here:
Philosophy of Mind PHIL 3310
Society, Politics, & the Person PHIL 3320
Death, Sex, & the Body: Phenomenology and Foucault PHIL 3330
Knowledge and Reality PHIL 3350
Nietzsche, Nihilism, & Technology PHIL 3610
Philosophy of Language: Wittgenstein PHIL 3620

Produce written documents with flow of argument and clarity of exposition.

ANALYTIC WRITING
Take at least two writing-enhanced courses. These courses are marked with a "W" and can count towards other categories as well. They are also listed here:
Philosophy of Art PHIL 2120
Philosophy of Religion PHIL 2140
Philosophy of Mind PHIL 3310
Death, Sex, & the Body: Phenomenology and Foucault PHIL 3330
Existentialism PHIL 3340
Bio-Medical Ethics  PHIL/RELS 3510 / CAP 3173
Nietzsche, Nihilism, & Technology PHIL 3610
Philosophy of Language: Wittgenstein PHIL 3610


Learning Goal 2: Ethical Reasoning

Understand ethical theories and think through moral problems in a principled and systematic manner.

ETHICAL REASONING
Take:
Ethics PHIL 2500

Although not required, students are free to take any of the following courses in applied ethics as electives; but no more than two courses (6 hours) can be counted towards fulfilling the Philosophy major:
Ethics for College Students PHIL 1510
Reasoning about Moral Problems * PHIL 1520
Ethics in Business *  PHIL/RELS 1540
Environmental Ethics *  PHIL/RELS 2550
Money, Sex, & Power: Theories of Race, Class, and Gender PHIL 3010 / CAP 3151
Perspectives on Death and Dying * PHIL/RELS 3110 / CAP 3194
Bio-Medical Ethics * PHIL/RELS 3510 / CAP 3173
Marxisms *  PHIL 3680
Ethics Practicum * PHIL 4550
* Courses followed by an asterisk (*) count towards the Ethics Minor (15-hour minor).


Learning Goal 3: Historical Understanding

By reading key texts from the Western philosophical tradition, you will gain useful conceptual tools, increase your flexibility of mind, and imporve your ability to view issues from multiple perspectives. 

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
Take at least three of the following:
Dawn of Western Thought: Ancient Philosophy PHIL 2210
Faith and Reason: Philosophy in the Middle Ages PHIL 2220
The Age of Reason: Philosophy in the Renaissance and Enlightenment PHIL 2230
The Limits of Reason: Modern Philosophy PHIL 2240


Learning Goal 4: Understanding Humanity

Investigate fundamental conceptions of what it means to be a person and to engage in important human activities. 

HUMAN NATURE
Take at least two of the following:
Philsophy of Mind (R,W) PHIL 3310
Death, Sex, & The Body: Phenomenology and Foucault (R,W) PHIL 3330
Existentialism (W) PHIL/RELS 3340
Nietzsche, Nihilism, & Technology (R,W) PHIL 3610
HUMAN PRACTICES
Take at least two of the following:
Philosophy of Art (W) PHIL 2120
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2130
Philosophy of Religion (R,W) PHIL 2140
Society, Politics, & the Person (R) PHIL 3320
Include at least one of the following:
Knowledge and Reality (R,W) PHIL 3350
Philosophy of Language: Wittgenstein (R,W) PHIL 3620


Learning Goal 5: Career Preparation

You will be able to relate your major to your career and to your future goals. 


Through thougthful reflection and critical discernment, students synthesize their work in the major, clarifying what they have done and linking their achievements with life goals, while also exploring how deep learning outcomes in the major offer preparation for a career, graduate, or professional school.

SENIOR SEMINAR
Take:
Senior Seminar PHIL 4490


Additional Electives in Philosophy

Philosophy: The Art of Thinking PHIL 1020
Individual Readings in Philosophy PHIL 4080
Studies in Philosophy PHIL 4186