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Philosophy

PHI105 Ethics 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, and theories involved in
ethics. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills as they apply to
contemporary moral problems such as pornography, euthanasia, hate speech, the death
penalty, and our obligation to others.
PHI110 Political Philosophy 3 Credits
Political philosophy is a branch of philosophy devoted to assessing the authority, legitimacy,
and justification of various kinds of political arrangements. In this course, students will
become thoroughly familiar with major themes in political philosophy. The aim of this course
is to enable students to become familiar with the general themes of political thought.

PHI300 Critical Thinking 3 Credits
Students learn to think clearly by examining the principles of proper reasoning. Practice in
spotting fallacious arguments and misleading ploys increases the student’s powers of writing,
speaking, and critical thinking.
Prerequisite: ENG102

PHI305 Problems of Philosophy 3 Credits
Building on the foundation understanding of the philosophical study of ethics, students are
introduced to the key problems of philosophy through the works of prominent philosophers
such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant. Emphasis is placed on philosophical discussions
of the nature of reality, the meaning of life, and the problem of certainty in a world of change.
Prerequisites: ENG102 and PHI105
PHI310 Death and Dying 3 Credits
This course is a philosophical approach to the inevitability of death. Students will explore the
view of death and dying held by the world’s major belief systems. Readings will be drawn
from philosophy, science, religion, and literature.
Prerequisite: ALH255 or ALH280 or PHI105 or NUR330

PHI405 The Meaning of Life 3 Credits
This course is an exploration, on a personal level, of the quest to find meaning, significance,
and purpose in life. Through selected readings from philosophy, mythology, literature, and
science, students will examine the views of others and then discuss how these may be
interpreted and incorporated into their own lives. Students will evaluate their beliefs and
values with the goal of working towards discovering how to lead a meaningful life.
Prerequisites: ENG102

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