Our Courses

Our program offers in courses in both philosophy (PHI) and religious studies (REL). These course serve our programs for the philosophy major and minor as well as the religious studies minor. We provide service courses for other degree programs and regularly offer a number of upper division elective courses.

What do philosophy students study?

The History of Philosophical Ideas. Trace the history of ideas from ancient Greece through contemporary philosophy.

Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Socrates and Plato, Kant and 19th Century Philosophy, Great Traditions in Ethics

Metaphysics and Epistemology. What is the world like at the deepest and most general level? What is it to know something and is knowledge even possible?

Knowledge and Reality, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Existentialism, Darwin and Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Ethics. What is the right thing to do? What are different theories about the nature and criteria of morality and how can they be applied in practical contexts?

Ethical Theories, Great Traditions in Ethics, Global Ethics, Research Ethics, Neuroethics, Business Ethics, Information Ethics, Health Care Ethics

Social and Political Philosophy. What is the ideal state and what is a citizen’s  obligation to the state. Can war be justified? What should guide the development of a good society?

Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of War, Philosophy of Religion

Diverse Perspectives. Take different perspectives on a variety of philosophical topics.

Zen, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Woman, Global Ethics, Africana Philosophy

Logic and critical thinking. All philosophy classes ask you to think deeply and critically about important issues. We also offer a course specifically designed to help you master formal logic.