Philosophy 201: Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophical examination of contemporary issues such as human nature, language and thought, human freedom, moral standards, social change, ecology and science, belief in God.
Philosophy 321: Contemporary Moral Problems
An introduction to philosophical thinking about current moral issues, including the application of ethical principles and theories to these issues. Moral problems to be explored may include euthanasia, abortion, animal rights, justice, sexual morality, and free speech.
Philosophy/Political Science 330: Introduction to Political Thought
A survey of political thought from the ancient world to modern day. Includes examination of Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, and Marx.
Philosophy 400: Existentialist Literature
This course explores the emergence and lasting impacts of existentialist philosophy in literature. It will consider common experiences and phenomena of human existence such as solitude, individuality, identity, alienation, anxiety, meaningfulness, and death. Featured authors include Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Kafka, Camus, Kerouac, and Murakami.
Religion 301: Literature of the Hebrew Bible
A study of the Hebrew Bible through the history of Israel; the theological ideas and literary qualities found in the diverse books that constitute the Hebrew Bible.
PHIL 205: Introduction to Ethics
An inquiry into the major concepts, problems, and arguments of moral philosophy. Topics include the objectivity or subjectivity of moral truths, altruism and self-interest, theories of right and wrong, and the nature of the good life.
PHIL 210: Logic and Critical Thinking
Recognition of the logical grammar of statements and arguments in order to penetrate to the logical structures embedded in written and spoken discourse. The purpose of this course is to develop skills in reading comprehension, composition, oral discourse, and problem-solving.
PHIL 328: Philosophy and The Good Place
The television show The Good Place begins as a show about ethics — determining what actions are right or wrong, good or bad. Eventually, it contends with deeper questions, like what makes life meaningful, and whether or not the universe is a just and fair place. To think through these questions, the residents of The Good Place are introduced to a wide range of great philosophers and classical philosophical readings. In PHIL 328, we will read some of these same texts, and grapple with these same questions. To be clear, this isn’t a class about a television show so much as a class about interesting philosophers and great philosophical ideas and books, using The Good Place as the touchstone for discussion. For more information, click here.
REL 310: New Testament Literature
Roman and Jewish background; life, teachings, significance of Jesus in the gospels; faith of Paul in his letters; early church in Acts, Revelation, and various letters. (May be taken as English 310.) Pre-req: C or better in (ENG 101 and ENG 102) or ENG 103.