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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.
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 - 2015-2016Philosophy Course Classifications and descriptions:
All courses carry four quarter hours credit. Philosophy 100 is prerequisite for all 300-level courses (except cognitive skills).
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100 Philosophy and Its Issues. An introduction to basic philosophical concepts, methods and problems. Sample Syllabus 1 Sample Syllabus 2
Ethical Theories. Selected readings to acquaint students with different approaches to ethics.
Philosophy of God. An investigation of the ways in which philosophers have talked about, and argued for or against, God.
Philosophy and Existential Themes. A study of the principle ideas regarding the human condition developed in existential literature: death, absurdity, alienation, freedom, God, authenticity.
The Question of Evil
Value and Persons. A study of the connections between different conceptions of selfhood and different ethical, political and aesthetic values.
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.
Contemporary Issues in Ethics. This course will examine a range of ethical issues of contemporary concern, such as abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment.
Philosophy and the Question of Race A philosophical inquiry into such issues as racism, anti-Semitism, genocide. Sample Syllabus
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."
Issues in Sex and Gender. A philosophical investigation into the nature of sex and gender and the role they play in defining human identity.
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.
Philosophy and the Environment A philosophical study of our environment, the nature of nature, and the planet.
Philosophy and the City This course examines the meaning of the city for philosophy and the meaning of urbanization for the formation of values.
Philosophy, Conflict, and Peace. A philosophical reflection upon the causes of war, and the possibilities for peace.
Philosophy and Women. An examination of the unique contribution women have made, and can make, to philosophy and the study of values.
Philosophies of Africa.
Love, Hatred, and Resentment. A phenomenological inquiry into these three powerful emotional states.
Ethics and Public Policy. A study of the ways in which ethics can assist us in thinking about matters of public policy.
Philosophy and Technology.
Philosophy and Film.
Philosophical Theology (cross-listed as Catholic Studies 275). An introduction to the interactions of philosophy and Christian theology.
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.
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.
Business Ethics. An examination of various ethical and moral issues arising in contemporary business and its activities which affect our society and the world.
Junior Year Experiential Learning. Philosophy and Social Change (Community-Based Service Learning)
Philosophy and Women of Color.
Philosophy and Postcoloniality.
Introduction to Asian Philosophies.
Philosophies of Gender.
Critical Thinking. A rigorous study of argumentation as it occurs in everyday life.
Basic Logic. A study of fundamental logical concepts and techniques, methods of argument, and ways of detecting fallacies.
Symbolic Logic I. A study of the methods and techniques of
formulating and evaluating arguments with the help of symbolic
Symbolic Logic II. Advanced symbolic logic.
Early Modern Philosophy. A study of some of the main philosophers and
philosophical movements from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Kant and 19th Century Philosophy
20th Century Philosophy
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
17th and 18th Century Rationalism
17th and 18th Century Empiricism
19th Century Philosophy
20th Century Philosophy
Phenomenology and Existentialism
Philosophy and Deconstruction
Selected Figures and Texts
Survey of Ethics. An intensive study of the broad range of the history of and approaches to ethics.
Survey of Political Philosophy. An intensive study of the broad range of the history of and approaches to political philosophy.
Metaphysics. A critical examination of selected metaphysical systems and issues.
Epistemology. An investigation of some of the central issues in the
philosophy of knowledge, including the nature of knowledge, truth, and
Philosophy of Language. An investigation into the nature of language and its significance for philosophical inquiry.
Basic Concepts of Phenomenology This course emphasizes the principle
themes of such thinkers as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger.
Topics in Ethics. A focused discussion of specific issues in moral and ethical philosophy.
Topics in Economic, Social and Political Philosophy. A focused
discussion of specific issues in economic, political and social
Philosophy of Religion A study into the significance of religious phenomena for philosophy.
Aesthetics. A study of the relationship of philosophy and the arts, with a critical appraisal of theories of beauty.
Philosophy of Law. An examination of fundamental legal concepts, and particularly of the concept of law itself.
Philosophies of Punishment.
Philosophy and the Natural Sciences
Philosophy and History A study of some of the most significant theories of history.
Philosophy and Psychology. A philosophical inquiry into the nature
and history of psychology, psychoanalysis, and psychotherapy.
Theories of Interpretation. (cross-listed as Catholic Studies 336) Philosophical Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation.
Topics in Postmodernism.
Topics in Psychoanalysis.
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.
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.
Philosophical Themes in Literature. An investigation of philosophical topics as they appear in fiction, drama and poetry.
Philosophies of Africa. A study of patterns of philosophical thinking from the African continent.
Topics in Asian Philosophy. A study of patterns of philosophical thinking from the Asian continent.
Topics in Comparative Philosophy
Latin American Philosophy
Selected Topics and Controversies
Topics in Feminist Philosophy
Topics in Critical Race Theory
Topics in Postcolonialism
Senior Capstone Seminar. A seminar on selected topics in philosophy, normally taken in the senior year.
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