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Undergraduate Courses

The Department of Philosophy offers 60-70 Philosophy undergraduate courses each Autumn, Winter & Spring quarter.  You can view the full schedule of undergraduate courses each quarter by visiting Campus Connection.  There is a guest log in available for non-students.

Provided below, for your convenience, is the undergraduate course grid which lists core requirement course information for the entire academic year.  This information is subject to change but is currently planned for 2014-2015.
Undergrad Chart - 2​015-2016​

Philosophy Course Classifications and descriptions:

All courses carry four quarter hours credit. Philosophy 100 is prerequisite for all 300-level courses (except cognitive skills).

Note: Offerings vary from quarter to quarter. For the most current listings, please visit Campus Connect and click on the guest log-in link. This will bring you to the main Campus Connect page, where you can click "Class Search" to scroll through current offerings.

100 Philosophy and Its Issues. An introduction to basic philosophical concepts, methods and problems. Sample Syllabus 1   Sample Syllabus 2

Value Studies

200 

Ethical Theories. Selected readings to acquaint students with different approaches to ethics. 

202 

Philosophy of God. An investigation of the ways in which philosophers have talked about, and argued for or against, God. 

204 

Philosophy and Existential Themes. A study of the principle ideas regarding the human condition developed in existential literature: death, absurdity, alienation, freedom, God, authenticity. 

206

The Question of Evil

208 

Value and Persons. A study of the connections between different conceptions of selfhood and different ethical, political and aesthetic values. 

229 

Biomedical Ethics (cross-listed as Religious Studies 229). Moral and ethical issues arising in contemporary biomedical advances and in health care from the perspective of Religious Studies and Philosophy. 

230 

Contemporary Issues in Ethics. This course will examine a range of ethical issues of contemporary concern, such as abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment.  

231 

Philosophy and the Question of Race A philosophical inquiry into such issues as racism, anti-Semitism, genocide. Sample Syllabus

232 

What is Freedom? This course will investigate various conceptions of freedom, and will consider in particular the difference between freedom and "doing or saying whatever you wish." 

233 

Issues in Sex and Gender. A philosophical investigation into the nature of sex and gender and the role they play in defining human identity. 

234 

Philosophy and Modern Society. This course will consider such issues as the relation between society and the state, the connections between work. leisure and poverty, and the social effects of prejudice and resentment. 

235 

Philosophy and the Environment A philosophical study of our environment, the nature of nature, and the planet. 

236 

Philosophy and the City This course examines the meaning of the city for philosophy and the meaning of urbanization for the formation of values. 

237 

Philosophy, Conflict, and Peace. A philosophical reflection upon the causes of war, and the possibilities for peace. 

238 

Philosophy and Women. An examination of the unique contribution women have made, and can make, to philosophy and the study of values. 

239

Philosophies of Africa.

240 

Love, Hatred, and Resentment. A phenomenological inquiry into these three powerful emotional states. 

241 

Ethics and Public Policy. A study of the ways in which ethics can assist us in thinking about matters of public policy. 

242

Philosophy and Technology.

243

Philosophy and Film.

244 

Philosophical Theology (cross-listed as Catholic Studies 275). An introduction to the interactions of philosophy and Christian theology. 

245

Reason and Society. A study not aimed at the production of particular skills but at understanding of the proper role of reason in social institutions and the formation of public opinion. 

246

Survey of Black Aesthetic Thought. This course examines the history of the aesthetic thought that has emerged from the minds of Black creative intellectuals in the United States and globally.

248

Business Ethics.  An examination of various ethical and moral issues arising in contemporary business and its activities which affect our society and the world.

250

Junior Year Experiential Learning. Philosophy and Social Change (Community-Based Service Learning)

263

Philosophy and Women of Color.

264

Philosophy and Postcoloniality.

287

Introduction to Asian Philosophies.

288

Feminist Philosophies.

290

Philosophies of Gender.

291

Moral Philosophy.

Cognitive Skills (Prerequisite to Cognitive Skills courses is PHL 100)

280

Critical Thinking. A rigorous study of argumentation as it occurs in everyday life. 

281 

Basic Logic. A study of fundamental logical concepts and techniques, methods of argument, and ways of detecting fallacies. 

282

Symbolic Logic I. A study of the methods and techniques of formulating and evaluating arguments with the help of symbolic notation. 

283 

Symbolic Logic II. Advanced symbolic logic.


History Sequence (Prerequisite to History Sequence courses is PHL 100)

293 

Ancient Philosophy

294 

Medieval Philosophy

295 

Early Modern Philosophy. A study of some of the main philosophers and philosophical movements from the 17th to the 19th centuries. 

296

Kant and 19th Century Philosophy

297

20th Century Philosophy​

Figures and Texts (Prerequisite to Figures and Texts courses is PHL 100. Each course in this section involves the study of selected texts from the designated periods or areas of philosophy or by the designated authors)

360 

Greek Philosophy 

361 

Plato 

362 

Aristotle 

363 

Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy 

364

 17th and 18th Century Rationalism

365

17th and 18th Century Empiricism 

366 

Descartes 

367 

The Enlightenment 

368

German Idealism

369 

Kant 

370 

Hegel 

371

19th Century Philosophy

372 

Marx 

373 

Nietzsche 

374 

20th Century Philosophy 

375 

Phenomenology and Existentialism 

376 

American Philosophy 

377 

Philosophy and Deconstruction 

378 

Analytic Philosophy 

379

Eastern Thought

380 

Selected Figures and Texts ​ 

Philosophical Themes (Prerequisite to philosophical themes courses is PHL 100)

314

Survey of Ethics. An intensive study of the broad range of the history of and approaches to ethics.

315

Survey of Political Philosophy. An intensive study of the broad range of the history of and approaches to political philosophy.

320 

Metaphysics. A critical examination of selected metaphysical systems and issues. 

321 

Epistemology. An investigation of some of the central issues in the philosophy of knowledge, including the nature of knowledge, truth, and certainty. 

322 

Philosophy of Language. An investigation into the nature of language and its significance for philosophical inquiry. 

325 

Basic Concepts of Phenomenology This course emphasizes the principle themes of such thinkers as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger. 

327 

Topics in Ethics. A focused discussion of specific issues in moral and ethical philosophy. 

328 

Topics in Economic, Social and Political Philosophy.  A focused discussion of specific issues in economic, political and social philosophy. 

340 

Philosophy of Religion A study into the significance of religious phenomena for philosophy. 

341 

Aesthetics. A study of the relationship of philosophy and the arts, with a critical appraisal of theories of beauty. 

342 

Philosophy of Law. An examination of fundamental legal concepts, and particularly of the concept of law itself. 

343

Philosophies of Punishment.

350

Philosophy and the Natural Sciences

353 

Philosophy and History A study of some of the most significant theories of history. 

354 

Philosophy and Psychology. A philosophical inquiry into the nature and history of psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychotherapy. 

355 

Theories of Interpretation. (cross-listed as Catholic Studies 336) Philosophical Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation. 

356

Topics in Postmodernism.

357

Topics in Psychoanalysis.

381 

Dramatic Theory: Tragedy (cross-listed as Theatre Studies 224). A study of some of the main philosophical themes of tragedy together with readings of some of the most important ancient and modern tragedies. 

382 

Dramatic Theory: Comedy (cross-listed as Theatre Studies 225). A study of some of the philosophical theories of comedy together with readings of some of the most important ancient and modern comedies. 

383 

Philosophical Themes in Literature. An investigation of philosophical topics as they appear in fiction, drama and poetry. 

386 

Philosophies of Africa. A study of patterns of philosophical thinking from the African continent. 

387 

Topics in Asian Philosophy. A study of patterns of philosophical thinking from the Asian continent. 

388

Topics in Comparative Philosophy

389

Latin American Philosophy

390 

Selected Topics and Controversies 

392

Topics in Feminist Philosophy

393

Topics in Critical Race Theory

394

Topics in Postcolonialism

396

Indian Philosophy

398 Travel/Study

399 

Independent Study​ 

Seminar For Philosophy Majors

391 

Senior Capstone Seminar. A seminar on selected topics in philosophy, normally taken in the senior year.  ​

Senior Thesis

395 

Senior Thesis. An opportunity for intensive independent work, open to philosophy majors of outstanding achievement. By petition only. Contact the department office for further information. Philosophy 395 is not applicable to major field requirements, though it may be used as an open elective. ​