COURSES OF STUDY

Introductory courses in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and logic comprise the core of the course of study for both majors and minors in philosophy. A capstone tutorial and a series of courses in the history of philosophy that provide students with a solid grounding in the history of philosophy are also required of both majors and minors. While majors and minors are both able to take a number of elective courses in the areas of philosophy of science, law, happiness, music, and art, majors have considerably greater freedom to pursue those elective offerings.

Philosophy, B.A.   64-93 Credits

Mission

Provide a conduit to broaden students’ horizons via new ideas, novel perspectives and the historical roots and epistemological context of their beliefs; and develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluate and work constructively with new ideas. Students may not feel they have the answers to questions they explore, but they will appreciate intellectual inquiry as a central part of their lives. Hence, the ultimate goal is to nurture independent, well-informed, skillful thinkers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Possess critical-thinking and problem solving skills needed to analyze and evaluate ideas, as they arise within philosophy and also in all areas of intellectual inquiry.
  2. Critically analyze the origins of their own beliefs, values and ideas and those from different cultural and historical contexts.
  3. Know the fundamental theories in the history of philosophy and be able to effectively communicate and discuss philosophical theories as they arise not only within philosophy, but in all areas of intellectual inquiry and develop arguments and think both logically and creatively.

Core Courses:

* Minimum 36 upper division credits.

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality (4)

PHL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Personal Morality and Social Justice (4)

PHL 103 Introduction to Logic (4)

PHL 311 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (4)

PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy (4)

PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy (4)

PHL 405 Senior Tutorial in Philosophy  (4)  *This course is usually taught in Spring.

 

Choose One:

PHL 251 Ethics (4)

PHL 252 Medical Ethics (4)

PHL 255 Environmental Ethics (4)

 

Choose One:

PHL 282 Philosophy of Art (4)

PHL 283 Philosophy of Religion (4)

Choose One:

PHL 320 Happiness (4)

PHL 350 Social and Political Philosophy (4)

PHL 380 Philosophy of Law (4)

Choose One:

PHL 321 Existentialism (4)

PHL 322 19th-Century Philosophy (4)

PHL 323 Continental Philosophy (4)

 

Choose One:

PHL 361 Metaphysics: Theory of Being (4)

PHL 362 Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge (4)

PHL 363 Philosophy of Mind (4)

 

Elective Credits: 12-21

Philosophy, Religious Studies and approved Humanities courses

 

Foreign Language Credits: 4-24

Foreign Language requirement of 4-24 credits, with completion of 203-level course in a second language, or higher.

Philosophy, B.S.  71-87 Credits

Mission

Provide a conduit to broaden students’ horizons via new ideas, novel perspectives and the historical roots and epistemological context of their beliefs; and develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluate and work constructively with new ideas. Students may not feel they have the answers to questions they explore, but they will appreciate intellectual inquiry as a central part of their lives. Hence, the ultimate goal is to nurture independent, well-informed, skillful thinkers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Possess critical-thinking and problem solving skills needed to analyze and evaluate ideas, as they arise within philosophy and also in all areas of intellectual inquiry.
  2. Critically analyze the origins of their own beliefs, values and ideas and those from different cultural and historical contexts.
  3. Know the fundamental theories in the history of philosophy and be able to effectively communicate and discuss philosophical theories as they arise not only within philosophy, but in all areas of intellectual inquiry and develop arguments and think both logically and creatively.

Core Courses:

* Minimum 36 upper division credits.

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality (4)

PHL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Personal Morality and Social Justice (4)

PHL 103 Introduction to Logic (4)

PHL 311 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (4)

PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy (4)

PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy (4)

PHL 405 Senior Tutorial in Philosophy (4)  *This course is usually taught in Spring.

Choose One:

PHL 251 Ethics (4)

PHL 252 Medical Ethics (4)

PHL 255 Environmental Ethics (4)

Choose One:

PHL 282 Philosophy of Art (4)

PHL 283 Philosophy of Religion (4)

 

Choose One:

PHL 320 Happines (4)

PHL 350 Social and Political Philosophy (4)

PHL 380 Philosophy of Law (4)

Choose One:

PHL 321 Existentialism (4)

PHL 322 19th-Century Philosophy (4)

PHL 323 Continental Philosophy (4)

Choose One:

PHL 361 Metaphysics: Theory of Being (4)

PHL 362 Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge (4)

PHL 363 Philosophy of Mind (4)

Elective Credits: 12

Philosophy, Religious Studies and Approved Humanities

 

Minor:

Student, after consulting with their advisor, must complete a non-language minor. Courses in the minor and the major must be different.

Philosophy Minor  24 Credits

Mission

Provide a conduit to broaden students’ horizons via new ideas, novel perspectives and the historical roots and epistemological context of their beliefs; and develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluate and work constructively with new ideas. Students may not feel they have the answers to questions they explore, but they will appreciate intellectual inquiry as a central part of their lives. Hence, the ultimate goal is to nurture independent, well-informed, skillful thinkers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Possess critical-thinking and problem solving skills needed to analyze and evaluate ideas, as they arise within philosophy and also in all areas of intellectual inquiry.
  2. Critically analyze the origins of their own beliefs, values and ideas and those from different cultural and historical contexts.
  3. Know the fundamental theories in the history of philosophy and be able to effectively communicate and discuss philosophical theories as they arise not only within philosophy, but in all areas of intellectual inquiry and develop arguments and think both logically and creatively.

 

Core Courses:

* Minimum 12 upper division credits.

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality (4)

PHL 103 Introduction to Logic (4)

PHL 405 Senior Tutorial in Philosophy (4)  *This course is usuall taught in Spring.

 

Choose One:

PHL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Personal Morality and Social Justice (4)

PHL 251 Ethics (4)

Choose Two:

PHL 311 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (4)

PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy (4)

PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy (4)

 

 

Contact

Department Chair: Dr. Mark Perlman | (503) 838-8969 | perlmam@wou.edu | BELL 304