2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Philosophy

Program Coordinator

Dr. Stewart Kelly | email: stewart.kelly@minotstateu.edu

The philosophy program offers a wide range of courses examining the human condition. Specific courses foster a range of critical thinking skills and examine a broad array of questions central to both western and eastern thought. Students are challenged both to broaden their horizons and to examine their own beliefs in light of the thinkers discussed and the texts read.

Philosophy Minor

Required Courses 6
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy
Elect four courses from the following12
Philosophy of Human Nature
Philosophy of Religion
Ethics
Political Philosophy
Existentialism
Asian Philosophy
Readings in Social Science
Integrity & The Examined Life
Total Hours18

Philosophy Concentration

Required Courses (6 cr)

Select no more than two of the following: 6
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Human Nature
Electives
(select at least two 200-400 level courses from the following): 6
Philosophy of Religion
Ethics
Political Philosophy
Existentialism
Asian Philosophy
Readings in Social Science
Integrity & The Examined Life
Total Hours12

 

 

Courses

PHIL 100. Critical Thinking. 3 Hours.

The study of effective thinking, both logic and evaluative.

PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 Hours.

Basic problems, concepts, and methods of philosophy.

PHIL 102. Philosophy of Human Nature. 3 Hours.

Focuses on what it means to be a human being and the so-called "nature-nurture controversy.".

PHIL 201. Philosophy of Religion. 3 Hours.

A critical examination of the reasonability of religious belief. The existance of God, the problem of evil, and other topics will be discussed.

PHIL 210. Ethics. 3 Hours.

A study of traditional concepts in ethical theory and moral reasoning.

PHIL 299. Special Topics In Philosophy. 1-8 Hour.

PHIL 330. Political Philosophy. 3 Hours.

This course examines the basic principles and features of the major political philosophies and system s of government.

PHIL 380. Existentialism. 3 Hours.

A careful examination of major existentialist thinkers (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, etc.) and dominant existential themes: ailenation, mortality, the meaning of life, and God.

PHIL 383. Asian Philosophy. 3 Hours.

A critical examination to the leading eastern worldviews: Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and the eastern views.

PHIL 394. Advanced Philosophy. 3 Hours.

PHIL 398. -Special Problems. 1-2 Hour.

-Inactivated. 3/94 Dropped Q For Pre Req Purposes.

PHIL 399. Independent Study General Phil. 1-4 Hour.

PHIL 494. Independent Study Honors Phil. 1-8 Hour.

PHIL 499. Special Topics In Philosophy. 1-8 Hour.

Faculty

Program Coordinator

Stewart Kelly