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Philosophy Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Philosophy Major.

Courses Credits  
PHL 250 History of Philosophy I 3 Info

Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Thales in the sixth century B.C.E., to the late fifteenth century medieval scholastics will be studied. Special attention will be given to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and how these thinkers approached metaphysical, ontological, and ethical problems.

PHL 251 History of Philosophy II 3 Info

Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Bacon through the twentieth century will be studied. Special attention will be given to epistemology and metaphysics. The perspectives of rationalism, empiricism, transcendental idealism, existentialism, and twentieth century analytical thought will play a key role through this course.

PHL 270 Philosophy of Science 3 Info

An examination of the role and limits of science with special attention to the necessary role of philosophy in any scientific enterprise. Topics discussed include Kuhnian, Popperian, and verificationist approaches to science. Particular attention will be paid to the role of explanatory theories, causal laws, epistemology, and the questions that science raises for Christian belief.

PHL 280 Introduction to Logic 3 Info

Designed to enable one to think critically. Focused primarily on formal and informal logic, including formal syllogisms, Venn diagrams, truth-function tables, informal fallacies, and predicate logic.

PHL 310 Philosophy of Religion 3 (WI) Info

 

A philosophical approach to and analysis of the basic concepts of religion, together with its implications for theism and Christianity. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

 

PHL 311 History of Political Philosophy 3 Info

Concerns political ideas from Plato to the present, analyzed from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian-Classical tradition. Cross listed with POL 311.

PHL 330 Ethics 3 (WI) Info

An analysis of personal and social ethics, with particular attention to the problems of Christian ethics in contemporary society. Criteria for ethical judgments will be examined and an attempt made to establish certain theological norms that ought to be met in Christian ethics. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

REL 343 Western Christianity I 3 Info

The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the First through the Fifteenth Centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with HST 343.

REL 344 Western Christianity II 3 Info

The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the Sixteenth through the Twentieth centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with HST 344.

PHL 354 World Religions 3 (CC) Info

Students will study nine of the great religious traditions of the world descriptively. Students will engage in a comparative study of these traditions with an emphasis upon the unique characteristics of Christianity. Cross listed with REL 354. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement.

REL 451 Foundations of Christian Doctrine 3 Info

A historical and philosophical study of the development of Christian theology over the centuries.

REL 452 Methods in Wesleyan Theology 3 Info

Analysis of methodology in the development of certain historically important systems of Christian theology with a focus upon doing theology in the 21st century. A consideration of how the student may do theology today.