2023-2024 Course Catalog


This program explores the meaning and value of human existence, methods of rational inquiry, history of ideas; varieties of religious experience; and the moral and intellectual issues of a technological, global society. This liberal arts discipline encourages critical reflection, self-understanding, and the pursuit of wisdom.



PHI113 Introduction to Philosophy

An introductory course focusing on some of the perennial problems of philosophy: the relation of mind and body; the nature of knowledge, freedom and determinism; the existence of God; immortality, and moral responsibility.

PHI121 Introduction to Logic

An introduction to critical thinking, induction, deduction, and contemporary symbolic logic including argument symbolization, proof construction, and truth tables.

Choose 4 electives:
PHI210 Biomedical Ethics

This course is concerned with the ethical issues arising from recent biomedical innovations or issues that might arise from future innovations. Among the topics discussed are new definitions of death and personhood, killing versus letting die, allocation of scarce medical resources, organ transplants, genetic engineering, the psychiatric control of human behavior, and new projected techniques of human sexual and asexual reproduction.

PHI213 Special Topics

PHI218 Ethics and Women's Issues

A discussion-based course that focuses upon issues of particular relevance to women. Topics discussed may include equality, affirmative action and comparative worth, social and gender roles, feminism, love, sexuality, family, work, caring and justice, pornography, fashion and beauty, abortion, reproduction, and ecofeminism.

PHI225 Environmental Ethics

An investigation of some of the important moral issues generated by human interaction with the environment (natural entities, ecosystems, and other species), such as obligation to future generations, the theoretical foundations for an adequate environmental ethic, biodiversity preservation, environmentally sound development and cultural practices, responsibility to animals, and personal choices and lifestyles. Cross-listed as ENV 225.

PHI241 Love, Sex, and Friendship

This course is an intensive philosophical inquiry into the concepts of love, friendship, and sex and how these are connected. It examines ideas on relationship, intimacy, and personal fulfillment by some of the best thinkers in the western intellectual tradition. It also explores some puzzling contemporary problems surrounding relationships.

PHI300 Womanist and Liberation Theology

Womanist theology is a liberation theology that analyses politically oppressive structures, cultural habits, and race and gender constructs, and the ways these forces can shape experiences of faith. This course offers opportunities to engage and confront unjust and repressive theologies in ways that support greater inclusion and well-being.

Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • ENG105 First-Year Writing
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    PHI301 Biomedical and Research Ethics

    This course is an intensive examination of ethical issues within the professional domains of biomedicine and human subjects research. Topics covered may include patient autonomy, confidentiality, informed consent, life and death, human subjects research, and profession-specific ethical standards.