Courses | Philosophy, B.A.

Course Overview

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

Major Courses

A general introduction to logic covering both deductive and inductive inference, and the analysis of arguments in ordinary language.

A study of 1) some common types of philosophical arguments and 2) a set of skills necessary for good philosophical writing.

An introduction to the philosophical concept of practical wisdom, incorporating a survey of the wisdom traditions and special attention to the tradition of Christian wisdom rooted in the teachings of Jesus.

A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 230.

The history of philosophy in the West from the Pre-Socratics through the Neo-Platonists. In contrast to 211, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

The history and philosophy in the West from Augustine to William of Occam, with special emphasis upon Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. In contrast to 212, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

The history of philosophy in the West from the Renaissance through the 18th century. In contrast to 213, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

An examination of topics in the philosophy of religion such as traditional arguments for the existence of God, religious epistemology, the problem of evil, and religious pluralism.

A critical examination of 1) selected metaphysical topics and problems and 2) the nature and scope of human knowledge.

A study of the principal ethical theories and thinkers, basic ethical problems, and related biblical teaching.

An intensive study of one or more wisdom traditions.

A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 330.

Reading, study, and application of the insights of one or more texts from a wisdom tradition.

Reading, study, and application of insights of a thinker from one of the wisdom traditions.

Reading and study in selected topics, thinkers, or periods in the history of philosophy.

Reading and study in a single division or sub-division of philosophy, such as aesthetics, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science.

Reading and study in selected topics in philosophy with special attention to contemporary developments in the philosophical literature.

Reading, research and discussion in selected philosophical topics and problems with an emphasis on research and writing skills necessary for successful graduate work in philosophy.

Directed research in topics chosen in consultation with the philosophy faculty. The student will write a substantial paper in philosophy, with some application to the Christian faith.


Concentrations

Liberal Arts

The liberal arts concentration coursework is separated into five blocks. See course catalog for more details.

A study of 1) some common types of philosophical arguments and 2) a set of skills necessary for good philosophical writing.

An introduction to the philosophical concept of practical wisdom, incorporating a survey of the wisdom traditions and special attention to the tradition of Christian wisdom rooted in the teachings of Jesus.

A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 230.

The history of philosophy in the West from the Pre-Socratics through the Neo-Platonists. In contrast to 211, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

The history and philosophy in the West from Augustine to William of Occam, with special emphasis upon Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. In contrast to 212, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

The history of philosophy in the West from the Renaissance through the 18th century. In contrast to 213, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

A critical examination of 1) selected metaphysical topics and problems and 2) the nature and scope of human knowledge.

A study of the principal ethical theories and thinkers, basic ethical problems, and related biblical teaching.

An intensive study of one or more wisdom traditions.

A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 330.

Directed research in topics chosen in consultation with the philosophy faculty. The student will write a substantial paper in philosophy, with some application to the Christian faith.

General Philosophy