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Faculty: Richard Brooks, David Cartwright, Wade Dazey (Chairperson), Ann Luther, Andrea Nye, Warren Shibles, Richard Yasko. PHILOSOPHY
Philosophy is a basic field of inquiry that is neither part of nor reducible to any other discipline. Philosophers explore ideas, questions, issues, and problems that arise from the entire spectrum of human experiences. Philosophy courses deal with fundamental issues concerning the nature of morality and the good life, methods of correct reasoning, the nature of knowledge and reality, aesthetics, and the foundations needed for a good society. In addition to courses dealing explicitly with those issues, courses are also offered that survey the history of western philosophy in light of these issues.
As a discipline central to a liberal arts education, philosophy seeks to develop students' skills and knowledge, preparing them for life as a whole. Hence it fosters critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills that are relevant to any subject matter. The philosophy minor complements any major field of study that demands higher order thinking skills and the ability to understand and assess complex and competing points of view.
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Religious Studies provides information and discussion about religious issues and major religious traditions in an academic atmosphere of fairness and intellectual objectivity. The purpose of the discipline is to further the student's liberal education by promoting tolerance and an informed critical understanding about religious issues and ideas of various cultures. Its special concern is the intellectual examination of the religious content pervading influential ideals, values, and practices found in the dominant cultures of human society.
Individual Religious Studies courses may serve as complements to any program of university study and most fulfill General Education requirements in the Humanities. Several Religious Studies courses fulfill requirements in other programs such as in General Business-International Emphasis and in Asian Studies, and are approved to meet history and contemporary culture requirements for teacher licensure. In addition, selected Religious Studies courses are electives in International Studies, Asian Studies, Philosophy, and Women's Studies.