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 Introduction to Philosophy [PHIL 1301]: An introduction to traditional western philosophic problems and methods of philosophic inquiry by means of an historical examination of the more prominent philosophers in the western tradition. Ancient, medieval, and modern views are examined with the intent of exposing the student to specific considerations involving different theories on the concept of reality, human beings, nature, existence and God; knowledge and how it is acquired; values and social issues. 3 credit hours.

Introduction to World Religions [PHIL 1304]: This course offers an introduction to the five major living religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Special emphasis will be placed on the history of each tradition as well as its contemporary expression. We will focus on such topics as the nature of God, religious expression, immortality, and human freedom. 3 credit hours.

Introduction to Logic [PHIL 2303] : An introduction to symbolic and informal logic. Emphasis on logical argument, fallacies, inductive and deductive proof, and correct reasoning. 3 credit hours.

Introduction to Ethics [PHIL 2306]: An introduction to traditional theories and problems in the discussion of ethics or moral philosophy. By utilizing seminal works from the history of western philosophical thought, we will discuss in detail the meaningfulness of ethical discourse, and questions that deal with what makes an action right or wrong, and/or good or evil. In the midst of this, we will examine contemporary issues in light of these historical views in order to determine the relevance of these said views. 3 credit hours.

Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy [PHIL 2307]: This course develops relationships of philosophical ideas to the community or State. Primary focus will center on the concepts of might (force), power, and authority as these reflect theories concerning the basic nature of the State. Further emphasis will be on concepts of natural rights, justice, education, freedom and responsibility as these concepts are outgrowths of the basic nature of the formation of the State vis-à-vis those basic concepts of the nature of the State listed above. 3 credit hours.

Philosophy of Religion [PHIL 2321].  A critical investigation of important philosophical concerns with respect to religious ideas of faith, the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, ideas of the sacred and profane, and others.


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