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.

Philosophy Major Courses

PHIL250 History Of Philosophy I (3 Credits)
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. Cross Listed with HST260. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
PHIL251 History Of Philosophy II (3 Credits)
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. Cross listed with HST261. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
THEO452 Methods in Wesleyan Theology (3 Credits)
REL 452 Methods in Wesleyan Theology Three Credits Analysis of methodology in the development of certain historically important systems of Christian theology with a focus upon doing theology in the 21 st century. A consideration of how the student may do theology today. Prerequisite: Senior Status. (Offered spring semester.)
Choose PHIL310 or PHIL330 (Courses Required: 1)
PHIL310 Philosophy Of Religion (3 Credits)
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. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250, 251. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
PHIL330 Ethics (3 Credits)
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. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250 or 251. (Offered spring semester.)
Philosophy Electives - Complete 15 credit hours. GREK 101 and 102 are srongly recommended. (Credits Required: 6.00)
PHIL280 Logic (3 Credits)
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. Prerequisite: PHL 201, 250 or 251. (Offered fall semester.)
PHIL310 Philosophy Of Religion (3 Credits)
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. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250, 251. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
PHIL311 History Of Political Phil (3 Credits)
Concerns political ideas from Plato to the present, analyzed from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian-Classical tradition. Cross listed with POL 311. Prerequisite: POL 210. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
PHIL330 Ethics (3 Credits)
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. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250 or 251. (Offered spring semester.)
PHIL335 Philosophy of Science (3 Credits)
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. Prerequisite: PHL 201, 250, or 251. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
THEO343 Early Christianity (3 Credits)
An historical and theological study of Christian thinking and practice from the first through the sixth centuries focusing on major movements, moments, and people. Primary sources will be foundational to this study. Crosslisted with HIST 343. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
THEO344 Western Christianity II (3 Credits)
REL 344 Western Christianity II Three Credits 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. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
PHIL354 World Religions (3 Credits)
Students will study nine of the great religious traditions of the world descriptively and will engage in a comparative study of these traditions with an emphasis upon the unique characteristics of Christianity. Attention will be given to ways of communicating the Gospel to persons loyal to non-Christian religious traditions. Cross listed with REL354. Meets cross-cultural gen ed requirement. Prerequisite: COR 102 or 301. (Offered fall semester.)
THEO451 Foundations of Christian Doctrine (3 Credits)
REL 451 Foundations of Christian Doctrine Three Credits An historical and philosophical study of the development of Christian theology over the centuries. Prerequisite: Junior Standing, and COR 102, or COR 301. (Offered fall semester.)

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