Department of Philosophy

Dr. Lisa O'Neill, Chairperson

The Philosophy Department offers a major and minor in Philosophy, with three concentrations in:  Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Ethical Leadership, and Traditional track. Philosophy as part of a double-major is especially encouraged.

Requirements for Philosophy Major - Traditional Concentration

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

PL-130Introduction to Philosophy3
PL-140Introduction to Ethics3
PL-153Logic3
PL-240General Ethics3
Capstone Experience 10
PL-xxxElectives in History of Philosophy, Ethics, and Topical Areas18
Total Credits30
History of Philosophy Electives
PL-311Philosophy and Bob Dylan3
PL-316The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant3
PL-320Asian Philosophy3
PL-448Plato's Dialogues3
Ethics and Moral Philosophy Electives
PL-230Critical Moral Thinking3
PL-253Business Ethics3
PL-254Contemporary Issues Bioethics3
PL-259Technology Society and Values3
Topical Area Electives
PL-232Philosophy of Human Nature3
PL-340Feminist Philosophy3
PL-353Philosophy of Mind3
PL-390Special Projects Philosophy3
PL-425Symbolic and Mathematical Logic3

Requirements for Philosophy Major - Ethics and Moral Philosophy Concentration

PL-130Introduction to Philosophy3
PL-140Introduction to Ethics3
PL-153Logic3
PL-240General Ethics3
Capstone Experience0
Electives in Interdisciplinary Ethics and Moral Philosophy (at least 4 PL courses)18
Total Credits30
Interdisciplinary Ethics and Moral Philosophy Electives
PL-230Critical Moral Thinking3
PL-253Business Ethics3
PL-254Contemporary Issues Bioethics3
PL-259Technology Society and Values3
CU-255Ethics in Communications3
CJ-258Criminal Justice Ethics3
TH-484Christian Medical Ethics3
TH-486Morality in the Marketplace3

Requirements for Philosophy Major - Ethical Leadership Concentration

PL-130Introduction to Philosophy3
PL-140Introduction to Ethics3
PL-153Logic3
PL-240General Ethics3
One Additional PL Course in Ethics and Moral Philosophy3
Electives (Chosen in consultation with Faculty advisor)9
PL-200Rhetoric, Speech and Argument3
PL-380Ethics and Leadership (Capstone)3
Total Credits30

Special Notes on Philosophy Major Requirements

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

PL-130Introduction to Philosophy3
PL-140Introduction to Ethics3
PL-Philosophy Electives12
Total Credits18

Courses

PL-100. Introduction to Philosophy I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to Philosophy and its history, with special emphasis on the classical philosophies of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

PL-101. Introduction to Philosophy II. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the history of modern philosophy, with a special emphasis on the philosophy of Rene Descartes, and the debate between Rationalism and Empiricisn. Prerequisite: PL-100 Prerequisites: PL-100.

PL-130. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to philosophy. The course will cover major areas of philosophical concern, including an analytical and historical introduction to logic, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, and philosophy of God. Many of the perennial problems of philosophy such as the nature of knowledge and reality, the mind-body problem, free will vs determinism, reason vs faith, as well as an introduction to major philosophers in the tradition, including, but not limited to, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, and Hume, will be covered.

PL-140. Introduction to Ethics. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to moral philosophy, including Natural Law ethics, Kantian deontology, Utilitarian consequentialism, virtue-based ethics, and modern rights theory. These normative theories will be applied to select moral issues, which may include sexual morality, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, economic justice, discrimination, just war theories, and/or animal rights.

PL-151. Contemporary Ethical Issues. 3 Credits.

A philosophical examination of contemporary moral issues, which may include sexual morality, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, economic justice, discrimination, just war theories, and/or animal rights. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100, PL-101.

PL-153. Logic. 3 Credits.

An examination of the basic principles of human reasoning, with emphasis on traditional logic and critical thinking. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-200. Rhetoric, Speech and Argument. 3 Credits.

This course studies and practices the art and process of persuasion. Students will learn to develop good arguments, identify fallacies, present a position in a convincing manner, and develop ethos or ethical appeal. Prerequisites: PL-100.

PL-230. Critical Moral Thinking. 3 Credits.

PL-100 PL-101;.

PL-232. Philosophy of Human Nature. 3 Credits.

A course in philosophical anthropology. This course will investigate some ancient and modern theories that offer explanations for the nature, meaning, and purpose of human beings. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-240. General Ethics. 3 Credits.

A study of the various approaches to ethical theory, including Natural Law theory, Kantian deontology, Utilitarian consequentialism, virtue-based ethics, and modern rights theory. These general normative theories will then be applied to select moral issues. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-248. Political Philosophy. 3 Credits.

A philosophical investigation of the person's relationship to the state and civil society. An analysis of the concepts of law, rights, justice, political obligation and authority, civil disobedience, anarchism and revolution. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 OR PL-101.

PL-253. Business Ethics. 3 Credits.

An examination of contemporary moral issues in business, including the nature of economic justice, the rights and duties of economic agents, and the nature of a just society. Prerequisites: PL-100, PL-101.

PL-254. Contemporary Issues Bioethics. 3 Credits.

An examination of contemporary issues in biomedical ethics, including abortion, euthanasia, the doctor-patient relationship, confidentiality, truth-telling, genetics, cloning, reproductive technologies, the just allocation of scarce medical resources. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-259. Technology Society and Values. 3 Credits.

This course is a study of ethical considerations related to technology and its impact on society. Prerequisites: PL-100, PL-101.

PL-311. Philosophy and Bob Dylan. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the philosophical, ethical and cultural themes in Bob Dylan's lyrics. Philosophical ideas such as appearance versus reality, truth and knowledge, and good and evil will be explored through a comprehensive study of Dylan's music. Prerequisites: PL-101 OR TH-120.

PL-316. The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant. 3 Credits.

Immanuel Kant is arguably the most important philosopher of modernity. This course explores many key themes and elements of Kant's critical philosophy, including not only his epistemology, but also his great impact on ethical theory and social and political philosophy. Prerequisites: PL-100, PL-101.

PL-320. Asian Philosophy. 3 Credits.

An examination of the philosophies of India and China, including a text-based study of the Upanishads, the philosophy of Yoga, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-340. Feminist Philosophy. 3 Credits.

An study of feminist philosophical theory. Topics for discussion include feminist epistemology, feminist social and political philosophy, gender and reproduction, feminist ethics, and patriarchy. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-353. Philosophy of Mind. 3 Credits.

A philosophical examination of the nature of consciousness, including such topics as the relationship between mind and body, human freedom, the soul and it's possible immortality. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-380. Ethics and Leadership. 3 Credits.

An examination of the moral foundations and ethical consideration of what makes an ethical leader. Key questions include: What is leadership? What is ethical leadership? What types of costs result from poor leadership? How can one become an ethical leader? Prerequisites: PL-100 AND PL-151 OR PL-230 OR PL-240.

PL-390. Special Projects Philosophy. 3 Credits.

Able students and willing teachers may design special courses or other projects for credit in philosophy. Proposals are to be submitted, for review, through the chairperson of the Philosophy Department. Credit is also available to students who wish to enroll in the Cooperative Education Program. Prerequisites: PL-100 OR PL-101.

PL-399. Tutorial. 3 Credits.

PL-425. Symbolic and Mathematical Logic. 3 Credits.

A systematic investigation of mathematical and logical structures. The primary areas of study are the logic of connectives, the logic of quantifiers, and key issues in metalogic. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-448. Plato's Dialogues. 3 Credits.

Through close study of selected longer dialogues, students will examine Plato's philosophical world-view, including the theory of value and meaning he conveys in his writings as a way of further exploring moral theory. Values course. Prerequisites: PL-100 PL-101.

PL-450. Plato's Republic. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of Plato's "Republic", focusing on the nature of the human soul, the good life for us, the education that best promotes the good life. The role of virtues, and the metaphysics & epistemology that underlies those answers. Prerequisites: PL-100, PL-101.