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PHI 100 NATURE OF MAN

The course introduces students to rival theories of human nature: instinct, genetic, behaviorist, interactionist; demonstrates how these theories influence social, political and educational policy; and teaches students how to critically evaluate rival theories. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

PHI 170 ISSUES IN PHILOSOPHY

This is a course in applied philosophy. The philosophical perspectives of important thinkers are used to examine issues that dramatically affect the direction and quality of our lives. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered as needed.

PHI 198 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

PHI 200 LOGIC

This course introduces the student to informal and formal reasoning and the principles of scientific reasoning. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

PHI 201 FORMAL LOGIC

This course offers a fundamental study of the techniques of formal reasoning. After an introduction to basic argument identification and analysis procedure, students will develop formal tools for analyzing and evaluating arguments in the categorical and propositional systems of logic, paying special attention to the relationship between natural language and its expression in categorical and propositional notation. Selected problems in the history and philosophy of logic shall also be considered. Three credit hours. This course is designed to support programs of study in Secondary Education and Mathematics. Prerequisites: None. Offered as needed.

PHI 298 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

PHI 300 ETHICS

The course examines rival theories of making ethical choices, clarifies what theories of human nature and self they presuppose and directly tests their workability by requiring students to use them to resolve conflicts of values, personal and interpersonal. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall semester.

PHI 368 THE AMERICAN CITY

What is a city? An American city? This course explores such questions through readings, discussions, field trips, and site visits. Using local examples, students will be able to read the urban environment, thinking critically about the ways in which American cities have developed and could develop in the future. We will thus advance what Charles Landry calls “urban literacy,” deepening our understanding of cities and their place in American society. This course may be used as an upper-level Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective. Three credit hours. Prerequisites and/or Special Considerations: ENG 110/111.

PHI 398 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

PHI 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHILOSOPHY

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.