Graduate Coordinator: J. Glanville
Associate Professors—Harrison, Warren
B.A. in Philosophy and Religion
Minor in Philosophy
Minor in Philosophy and Religion
M.A. in Philosophy
Graduate Certificate in Teaching Critical Thinking
The enterprise of philosophy requires sharpening the skills necessary for clarifying premises, uncovering presuppositions (one's own and those of others), weighing the pros and cons of conflicting values, and analyzing concepts and issues. Courses in philosophy are frequently designed in part to help develop or increase these skills, a task that is sometimes more manageable if a restriction of attention is placed to a limited area of thought. Many of the courses therefore concentrate on specific issues. Others are designed to provide an analytic and scholarly overview of an entire area or period. The department welcomes students from other majors or programs who wish to examine their own personal philosophy, investigate the philosophies of others, or sharpen their skills as independent thinkers.
Many of the courses offered are not only appropriate as part of a philosophy major but are of special interest to students in other fields. These courses are designed to help students understand the theoretical frameworks, methodological presuppositions, and more abstract dimensions of major areas of knowledge, from the arts to the sciences. Students interested in either the philosophical understanding of a field, or in philosophy for a personal reason should feel free to consult the department chairperson or an adviser on appropriate courses.
A Certificate in Teaching Critical Thinking is available through the Department of Philosophy. The certificate program should be useful to anyone interested in teaching critical thinking courses or incorporating a critical thinking or informal reasoning emphasis in other kinds of courses in elementary, secondary, or post-secondary institutions. The certificate program is open to any post-baccalaureate student. Graduate students in philosophy are invited to complete the program as an adjunct to the M.A. degree. It should be noted that a graduate certificate is not the equivalent of a teaching credential. The certificate attests only to the successful completion of this sixteen unit program.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PHILOSOPHY
Undergraduate advisers are authorized by the department to designate units obtained in other departments as satisfying unit requirements in philosophy for application to both the philosophy and the philosophy and religion programs. Neither students nor advisers should view this as an escape clause which enables a student who has not quite satisfied the major requirements in philosophy to do so. Units outside the department are to be designated for use in the major on the basis of their contribution to the student's major program. In order to avoid confusion on this point, it is highly recommended that the student obtain written approval from an adviser either immediately before or immediately after obtaining non-department units to be utilized in the major. Decisions of advisers may be appealed to the department as a whole.
Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Philosophy discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
PHIL 110, Critical Thinking, or its equivalent, is required of all students as a prerequisite to the B.A. in Philosophy; students who have not met this requirement may begin the program but must satisfy the requirement at the earliest opportunity. Equivalencies must be approved by a departmental adviser.
The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy requires a minimum 39-unit major, with at least 30 of these units being upper division. PHIL 320, Philosophical Analysis, should be taken as early as possible.
The program includes nine units of elective courses in philosophy, permitting individualized emphases in specific areas. Students majoring or minoring in philosophy are urged to lay out a tentative program of courses with their advisers early in their tenure at the university. Depending upon the student's area of specialization, up to six units of courses outside the Department of Philosophy may be approved by a department adviser as elective units for the B.A.
The following courses are required of all majors in philosophy, except those taking the emphasis in classics.
Program Requirements Units PHIL 205 Formal Logic I 3 PHIL 320 Philosophical Analysis 3 PHIL 450 Ethics 3 PHIL 610 Theory of Knowledge 3 Six units in the history of philosophy from the following: 6 PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy PHIL 302 Medieval Philosophy PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy PHIL 400 Presocratic Philosophy PHIL 401 Plato PHIL 402 Aristotle PHIL 410 Topics in the History of Philosophy PHIL 430 Topics in Contemporary Philosophy* PHIL 470 Selected Works in Philosophy* PHIL 475 Selected Problems in Philosophy* Six units in the core areas of the discipline from the following: 6 PHIL 350 Philosophy of Science: The Natural Sciences PHIL 605 Metaphysics PHIL 620 Philosophy of Mind PHIL 630 Philosophy of Language Six units in normative issues from the following: 6 PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law PHIL 330 Political Philosophy PHIL 335 Law and Society PHIL 382 Women and Philosophy: Selected Topics PHIL 383 Ethics in Medicine PHIL 440 Ethics at Work PHIL 460 Philosophy of Art PHIL 435 Human Rights in Global Perspectives Elective units in philosophy 9 Total 39*Counts toward the six-unit history requirement only when the topic concerns the history of philosophy; check with an undergraduate adviser.
Emphasis in Classics
Through cooperation between the Departments of Philosophy and Classics, it is possible for the student to obtain a major in Philosophy with an Emphasis in Classics.
Program Requirements Units Latin or Greek 15 Classics courses selected from a number of courses dealing with ancient thought and civilization 9 Philosophy courses selected from a number of courses dealing with ancient and medieval philosophy 12 Units from the following philosophy courses: 9 PHIL 160 Introduction to Philos- ophy of the Arts PHIL 205 Formal Logic I PHIL 320 Philosophical Analysis PHIL 450 Ethics PHIL 605 Metaphysics PHIL 610 Theory of Knowledge Total minimum for emphasis 45Emphasis in Philosophy and Law
Required courses Units PHIL 205 Formal Logic 3 PHIL 320 Philosophical Analysis 3 PHIL 450 Ethnics 3 PHIL 380 Philosophy of Law 3 PHIL 610 Theory of Knowledge 3 Two courses in history selected from the following: 6 PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy PHIL 302 Medieval Philosophy PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy PHIL 330 Political Philosophy Four courses selected from the following: 12-14 PHIL 335 Law and Society PHIL 375 Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S. PHIL 435 Human Rights in Global Perspective PHIL 455 Sex and the Law WOMS 534 Women and the Law PLSI 552 Individual Rights in the Constitution (4) SPCH 461 Issues in Free Speech(4) Two courses selected from the following or on advisement: 6-8 AIS 205 American Indians and U.S. Laws BLS 375 Law and the Black Community IR 330 World Law (4) CJ 500 Criminal Law (4) JOUR 305 Mass Communication Law LABR 251 Know Your Work Rights PLSI 561 Jurisprudence (4) PLSI 553 Legal Issues (4) SOC 459 Criminal Law and Social Process (4) SOC 457 Sociology of Law (4) URBS 513 Politics, Law, and the Urban Environment (4) Total 39-43
Units PHIL 105 Introduction to Philosophy and Religion 3 PHIL 500 Philosophy of Religion 3 PHIL 502 World Religions 3 PHIL 525/RELS 300 The Nature of Religious Experience 3 PHIL 696 Directed Reading: Philosophy and Religion 3 Units selected from the following: 3 PHIL 605 Metaphysics PHIL 610 Epistemology Units in history selected from the following: 6 PHIL 301 Ancient Philosophy PHIL 302 Medieval Philosophy PHIL 303 Modern Philosophy PHIL 504 History of Christian Thought Elective units from the 500's 6 Elective units from related fields on advisement 9 Total 39
MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
Units Units in philosophy and religion (all courses in the 500's) 12 Units in philosophy Upper division 6 Lower division 3 Total 21
Applicants must submit a Philosophy Department application, obtained from the department office, as well as the general university application form.
Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Philosophy discipline in the Announcement of Courses section). All upper division courses offered by Philosophy may be considered for the master's degree, upon approval of the graduate adviser.
Program Units Five graduate seminars in philosophy 15 Upper division or graduate units in philosophy or in a related field with the approval of the graduate major adviser 9 PHIL 896 Directed Reading* 3 PHIL 898 Master's Thesis 3 Minimum total 30 and Oral Examination in Defense of Thesis (a failed examination may be repeated once)*PHIL 896 is a mandatory CR/NC course. It may be repeated once if NC is earned the first time. Upon admission to the graduate program, students must consult with the graduate adviser in regard to this course. It must be completed with a CR before the student may officially begin work on the master's thesis.
CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING
In addition to the requirements specified in this Bulletin for admission to graduate study or graduate certificate programs, applicants must have completed:
Units PHIL 717 Projects in Teaching Philosophy* 3 PHIL 777 Seminar in Teaching Critical Thinking 3 ENG 419 Advanced Composition for Teachers 3 One of the following: 3 PHIL 810 Seminar in Theory of Knowledge PHIL 830 Seminar in Philosophy of Language PHIL 850 Seminar in Philosophy of Science Units in Applied Philosophy, on advisement 3 PHIL 899 Special Study 1 Total for certificate 16*Limited to projects in teaching critical thinking.
NOTE: The unit in Special Study is to be taken in conjunction with the course chosen to fulfill the Applied Philosophy requirement; the unit is for the purpose of developing classroom materials on that subject to be used in teaching critical thinking. The Applied Philosophy requirement may be met by PHIL 330, 335, 340, 375, 380, 382, 383, 395, 435, 440, 445, 455, or 460. For other courses, consult a program coordinator.
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