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 110-G Worldviews in Christian Perspective/3
Students will be introduced to the idea of a worldview and to several contemporary, living worldviews. The course specially emphasizes the content and plausibility of Christianity as a worldview. It does not presume prior knowledge of or commitment to Christianity or any other worldview. Freshmen on academic probation are not eligible during their first semester. Fall and spring semesters.

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. Spring semester, even-numbered years.

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 Christian 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. Prerequisite: PL 110-G or PL 170-G or consent of instructor. Spring semester.

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.

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.