Philosophy Courses

The Philosophy major requires completion of 12 hours of core courses, along with 12 hours of electives approved by the department chairperson.

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PL 170-G Introduction to Philosophy: Faithful Reason in Contemporary Culture/3
This course addresses such issues as the existence and nature of God, the nature of persons, approaches to morality, and the relation of faith and reason. Readings and examples from a variety of disciplines will be utilized. Every semester.

PL 210-G Aesthetics/2
An introduction to the philosophy of art. Includes a comparative study of visual arts, dance, theater, and music as aesthetic expression. Student will experience galleries, museums, theaters, concerts, and/or performances as they explore the fine arts. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Interterm, even-numbered years. (Not acceptable for Core Curriculum credit in Bible, Religion, and Philosophy, but is an option for Core Curriculum fine arts requirement.)

PL 250-G/450-G Topical Philosophical Seminars/2-4
Topics could include: Violence and War, Medical Ethics, Business Ethics, Philosophical Anthropology, and others.

PL 263-G Ethics/3
An introductory study of the elements of ethics, including metaethics, normative principles, moral character, moral development, and case studies. The development of the Christian tradition in ethics will be emphasized. (Same as RS 263-G) Spring semester, even-numbered years.

PL 271-G Introduction to Logic/3
An introduction to informal inductive and deductive logic. An emphasis is placed on syllogistic logic and informal logical fallacies. Recommended for humanities, social science, and applied arts majors. Interterm, odd-numbered years. (Not acceptable for Core Curriculum credit in Bible, Religion, and Philosophy, but is an option for Core Curriculum deductive reasoning requirement.)

PL 370-G Ancient and Medieval Philosophy/3
A study of the history of philosophy from the pre-Socratics to William of Ockham. Fall semester, odd-numbered years.

PL 371-G Modern and Contemporary Philosophy/3
A study of the history of philosophy from Descartes to the twentieth century. Fall semester, even-numbered years.

PL 378-G Philosophy of Religion/3
A study of philosophical objections to and defenses of religion in general and Christianity in particular. Topics include, but are not limited to, arguments for God’s existence; the problem of evil and other arguments against God’s existence; issues regarding the nature of God; and issues regarding the nature of revelation. (Same as RS 351-G) Spring semester, odd-numbered years.