Courses | B.A. in Philosophy

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.


Course Overview


Major Courses

A general introduction to logic covering both deductive and inductive inference, and the analysis of arguments in ordinary language. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum Philosophy credit. Grade Mode: A.
A study of 1) some common types of philosophical arguments and 2) a set of skills necessary for good philosophical writing. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 230. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
A critical examination of 1) selected metaphysical topics and problems and 2) the nature and scope of human knowledge. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the principal ethical theories and thinkers, basic ethical problems, and related biblical teaching. Grade Mode: A.
An intensive study of one or more wisdom traditions. Grade Mode: A.
A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 330. Grade Mode: A.
Reading, study, and application of the insights of one or more texts from a wisdom tradition. Grade Mode: A.
Reading, study, and application of insights of a thinker from one of the wisdom traditions. Grade Mode: A.
Reading and study in selected topics, thinkers, or periods in the history of philosophy. Grade Mode: A.
Reading and study in a single division or sub-division of philosophy, such as aesthetics, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of science. Grade Mode: A.
Reading and study in selected topics in philosophy with special attention to contemporary developments in the philosophical literature. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.

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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 230. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.
A critical examination of 1) selected metaphysical topics and problems and 2) the nature and scope of human knowledge. Grade Mode: A.
A study of the principal ethical theories and thinkers, basic ethical problems, and related biblical teaching. Grade Mode: A.
An intensive study of one or more wisdom traditions. Grade Mode: A.
A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 330. Grade Mode: A.
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. Grade Mode: A.

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