Philosophy Major

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A philosophy major requires the completion of 27 hours and leads to a bachelor of arts degree.

Required Courses (12 hours)
PHL 250 History of Philosophy I (3)
PHL 251 History of Philosophy II (3)
REL 452 Methods in Wesleyan Theology(3)
PHL 310 Philosophy of Religion or PHL 330 Ethics* (3)

Elective Courses
Must have 15 hours from the following list:
PHL 311 History of Political Thought (3)
PHL 310 Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHL 330 Ethics (3)
PHL 280 Logic (3)
PHL 270 Philosophy of Science (3)
PHL 354 World Religions(CC) (3)
REL 451 Foundations of Christian Doctrine (3)
REL 343 Western Christianity I (3)
REL 344 Western Christianity II (3)
PHL 199/399 Independent Studies (as offered) (3)

*These are Departmental Writing-Intensive Courses.

 

 

Philosophy Major Courses

Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Thales in the sixth century B.C.E., to the late fifteenth century medieval scholastics will be studied. Special attention will be given to the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and how these thinkers approached metaphysical, ontological, and ethical problems. Cross Listed with HST260. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
Major thinkers and themes of philosophical thought from Bacon through the twentieth century will be studied. Special attention will be given to epistemology and metaphysics. The perspectives of rationalism, empiricism, transcendental idealism, existentialism and twentieth century analytical thought will play a key role through this course. Cross listed with HST261. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
REL 452 Methods in Wesleyan Theology Three Credits Analysis of methodology in the development of certain historically important systems of Christian theology with a focus upon doing theology in the 21 st century. A consideration of how the student may do theology today. Prerequisite: Senior Status. (Offered spring semester.)
A philosophical approach to and analysis of the basic concepts of religion, together with its implications for theism and Christianity. Meets the general education writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250, 251. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
An analysis of personal and social ethics, with particular attention to the problems of Christian ethics in contemporary society. Criteria for ethical judgments will be examined and an attempt made to establish certain theological norms that ought to be met in Christian ethics. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250 or 251. (Offered spring semester.)
This course explores the history of gender studies from a philosophical perspective. Emphasis is placed upon the three "waves" of feminism in the United States; intersectionality and gender; and masculine studies. Attention is also paid to gender and religion, particularly Christianity.
This course explores the theories and works of art that have social and philosophical importance. By examining questions of censorship and expression, the art of dissent, and the theological importance of art, students will develop their own Christian theory of art.
Designed to enable one to think critically. Focused primarily on formal and informal logic, including formal syllogisms, Venn diagrams, truth-function tables, informal fallacies, and predicate logic. Prerequisite: PHL 201, 250 or 251. (Offered fall semester.)
A philosophical approach to and analysis of the basic concepts of religion, together with its implications for theism and Christianity. Meets the general education writing-intensive requirement. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250, 251. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
Concerns political ideas from Plato to the present, analyzed from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian-Classical tradition. Cross listed with POL 311. Prerequisite: POL 210. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
An analysis of personal and social ethics, with particular attention to the problems of Christian ethics in contemporary society. Criteria for ethical judgments will be examined and an attempt made to establish certain theological norms that ought to be met in Christian ethics. Prerequisite: PHL 201 , 250 or 251. (Offered spring semester.)
An examination of the role and limits of science with special attention to the necessary role of philosophy in any scientific enterprise. Topics discussed include Kuhnian, Popperian, and verificationist approaches to science. Particular attention will be paid to the role of explanatory theories, causal laws, epistemology, and the questions that science raises for Christian belief. Prerequisite: PHL 201, 250, or 251. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
An historical and theological study of Christian thinking and practice from the first through the sixth centuries focusing on major movements, moments, and people. Primary sources will be foundational to this study. Crosslisted with HIST 343. Prerequisite: THEO 110. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
REL 344 Western Christianity II Three Credits The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with HST 344. Prerequisite: THEO 110. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
This course will examine a particular topic/tradition within those philosophies that developed in non-western cultures. Examining Latin, Asian, Indigenous, African, etc. philosophies is not anecdotal to the study of philosophy as such, but involves the recovery of a history that incorporates global philosophical perspectives that have been dominated, silenced, forgotten, and excluded from the mainstream philosophical canon. Course may be repeated for a total of six credits. Prerequisite: PHIL 201 and THEO 110.
Students will study nine of the great religious traditions of the world descriptively and will engage in a comparative study of these traditions with an emphasis upon the unique characteristics of Christianity. Attention will be given to ways of communicating the Gospel to persons loyal to non-Christian religious traditions. Cross listed with REL354. Meets cross-cultural gen ed requirement. Prerequisite: COR 102 or 301. (Offered fall semester.)
REL 451 Foundations of Christian Doctrine Three Credits An historical and philosophical study of the development of Christian theology over the centuries. Prerequisite: Junior Standing, and COR 102, or COR 301. (Offered fall semester.)

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