Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Courses in Philosophy

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Philosophy to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.


Students in classroomPHIL 120 | Greek Philosophy

A historical introduction to Greek thought. Fall. IAI H4 901. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 191 | Selected Topics
Special philosophical issues offered at the introductory level according to the interest of faculty and students. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course Repeatable.

PHIL 200 | Introduction to Logic
What is the difference between a sound and an unsound argument? How can one tell the difference between good reasoning and bad? What sorts of evidence should one accept for certain claims? As we pursue these questions, we will discuss and practice the fundamentals of both informal and formal logic. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

PHIL 205 | Philosophy of Human Nature
Investigation of the classic questions regarding the human person: unity, freedom, death and immortality, mind-body relation, and community. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.

PHIL 210 | Philosophy of Being
Examination of the basic principles of reality which affect all thought: change and permanence, unity in diversity, the meaning of existence, goodness, truth and beauty, the categories of being, and the analogy of being. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

PHIL 215 | Theory of Knowledge
Analysis of the nature, possibility, foundations, and extent of human knowledge. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

PHIL 220 | Mediterranean World
See HUMN 220. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Annually.

PHIL 225 | Medieval Philosophy
Survey of philosophy from Augustine to the 14th Century. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

PHIL 230 | Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
This course is a survey of late 19th and 20th Century English-speaking, British and North American Philosophies. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

PHIL 235 | Modern Philosophy
Survey of philosophy from the 15th century to the early 19th century. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

PHIL 240 | Converging Hemispheres
See HUMN 240. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

PHIL 245 | General Ethics
Investigation of ethical concepts and theories and an analysis of the norms of ethical decision. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.

PHIL 246 | General Ethics for the Biomedically-Minded
Course covers major schools of thought on ethics within the bio-medical arena. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 247 | General Ethics for the Business-Minded
Course covers major schools of thought on ethics within the business arena. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 248 | General Ethics for the Ecology-Minded
Course covers major schools of thought on ethics within the environmental/ecology arena. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 249 | General Ethics for the Professional
Investigation of ethical concepts and theories and an analysis of the norms of ethical decision and the relationship of these to professionals in all fields. It provides a solid foundation in moral theory, recast in light of postmodern critiques of moral philosophy, together with diverse applications to help students understand the philosophical complexity of ethical challenges that arise for professionals in all types of work and can help students from all disciplines better understand how to resolve ethical challenges in the modern workplace. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall and Spring Terms.

Students talking outside of classPHIL 250 | Contemporary World
See HUMN 250 with philosophical emphasis. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.

PHIL 255 | Contemporary Continental Philosophy
3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 260 | Social and Political Philosophy
Course covers the philosophy of societal change, the forces that bring about change and the revolutionary potential of change. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 265 | Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
Course covers 19th and 20th century philosophical movements in America and Britain. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 270 | Medieval Philosophy
This course uses elements of fiction and non-fiction in the study of various topics of race, class and gender in American Studies (topics vary). Cross-listed as PHIL 370. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 285 | Topics in Philosophical Exploration of Religion
This course is an investigative exploration of some of the fundamental philosophical questions and relationships pertaining to the nature, practice, and understanding of religion or Theology. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

PHIL 290 | History and Philosophy of Science
Course covers the historical, philosophical and ethical questions of the scientific revolution through the present. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 291 | Philosophical Topics
Special philosophical issues offered at the intermediate level according to the interest of faculty and students. A topics course may apply toward the divisional core. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Course Repeatable.

PHIL 295 | Independent Study
Special philosophical issues offered according to the interest of faculty and students. 1-3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable.

PHIL 315 | Theory of Knowledge
Analysis of the nature, possibility, foundations, and extent of human knowledge. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 325 | Medieval Philosophy
Survey of philosophy from Augustine to the 14th century. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 330 | Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
This course is a survey of late 19th and 20th Century English-speaking, British and North American Philosophies. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective and Writing Intensive. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

PHIL 335 | Modern Philosophy
Survey of philosophy from Descartes to Kant. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 345 | Topics in Philosophical Ethics
3 semester credit hours.

PHIL 346 | Biomedical Ethics
In this class, students will investigate fundamental ethical questions pertaining to health, medicine, and the life sciences. It is a course in applied ethics—where the application of general ethical theory is to the contemporary moral issues of medicine and biology. Prerequisite: a Philosophy course. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.

PHIL 347 | Ethics for the Business-Minded
Course covers major schools of thought on ethics within the business arena. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 348 | Ethics for the Ecologically Minded
Course covers major schools of thought on ethics within the environmental/ecology arena. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

PHIL 355 | Philosophy of Law
Conceptual and moral investigation of the nature of the law and of practical legal issues, such as civil disobedience or the obligation to obey the law. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

PHIL 360 | Social and Political Philosophy
Course covers the philosophy of societal change, the forces that being about change and the revolutionary potential of change. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective.

Students Walking OutsidePHIL 370 | Medieval Philosophy
Survey of philosophy from Augustine to the 14th Century. Cross-listed as PHIL 270. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

PHIL 385 | Topics in Philosophical Exploration of Religion
This course is an investigative exploration of some of the fundamental philosophical questions and relationships pertaining to the nature, practice, and understanding of religion or Theology. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

PHIL 390 | History and Philosophy of Science
Course covers the historical, philosophical and ethical questions of the scientific revolution through the present. 3 semester credit hours. Philosophy Core Elective. Department Consent Required.

PHIL 391 | Selected Topics
Special philosophical issues offered at the advanced level according to the interest of faculty and students. 3 semester credit hours. Course Repeatable.

PHIL 395 | Independent Study
Designed to encourage the superior student to study in depth and to research an area beyond the undergraduate course offerings. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required. Course Repeatable.

PHIL 397 | Internship
Practical experience in a related career field under the supervision of the philosophy program. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.