Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

782-241 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY GH 3 cr

An introduction to philosophical thought. Representative philosophers and representative issues, such as the nature of ethical reasoning, rival theories of knowledge, and the individual's relation to society, are considered. The emphasis is on argument and analysis, and on issues which are relevant to philosophical problems.

782-245 CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES GH 3 cr

An analysis and critical examination of contemporary moral issues related to business, science, and social policy as developed by current participants in the debate and moral philosophers of various periods and philosophical perspectives.

782-251 LOGIC GH 3 cr

By examining basic concepts, methods, and techniques for evaluating argumentation, this course aims at developing student's abilities to recognize, criticize, and construct arguments. The relationship between language and good reasoning will also be considered.

782-261 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS GH 3 cr

A study of the main Western theories of moral value and obligation. These theories will be analyzed in terms of their adequacy for solving moral problems and their ability to articulate the morally good life. Consideration will also be given to challenges to normative ethics.

782-271 INTRODUCTION TO AESTHETICS GH 3 cr

An analysis and discussion of problems as to the nature of art, artistic truth or insight, aesthetic appreciation, evaluation of works of art, creativity, and the role of the artist in society.
Prereq: 100-105 or consent of the instructor.

782-281 SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY GH 3 cr

A discussion of ideas which are basic to thinking about society, its purposes, and its structure. Such ideas as justice, equality, rights, obligations and freedom are examined.
Prereq: 840-105, 880-105, 890-105, 892-105 or consent of the instructor.

782-291 PHILOSOPHY OF THE NATURAL
AND SOCIAL SCIENCES GH 3 cr

A critical examination of the methods, presuppositions, and concepts of the natural and social sciences. This course examines key concepts in the sciences such as time, space, explanation, verification, model construction, etc.
Prereq: 600-105.

782-300 EPISTEMOLOGY AND METAPHYSICS GH 3 cr

A critical analysis of issues and problems in epistemology and metaphysics. Topics, such as the nature of truth, belief, and knowledge, the problem of perception, the mind-body problem, skepticism, and ontology will be considered.
Prereq: 600-105 or sophomore level.

782-341 CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY GH 3 cr

An introduction to the major figures in Greek philosophy, including representative pre-Socratic philosophers, Plato, and Aristotle, focusing on Classical sources of philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy, and theory of knowledge.
Prereq: 600-105 or sophomore level.

782-342 MODERN PHILOSOPHY GH 3 cr

This course concentrates on the main movements in philosophy from Descartes through Kant. Principal works and selections from the major philosophers will be read.
Prereq: 600-105 or sophomore level.

782-343 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY GH 3 cr

This course examines the main currents of American philosophy through a study of the writings of America's major philosophers, e.g., Dewey, Peirce, James, Santayana, Mead, Whitehead, and more contemporary writers.
Prereq: 740-105 or consent of the instructor.

782-345 CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY GH 3 cr

A critical examination of major Western philosophers and philosophical schools of thought of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Prereq: 600-105 or sophomore level.

782-350 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND 3 cr

A presentation and analysis of problems and concepts relevant to the philosophy of mind, such as action, intention, the problem of other minds, nature of thought, perception, memory, emotion, and consciousness.
Prereq: 3 cr of philosophy or cons instructor.

782-390/590 FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY 3 cr

An introduction to feminist philosophy including its relation to other philosophical traditions, its historical development, and its relevance to concerns in areas such as ethics, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.
Prereq: Soph level or cons instructor.

782-410 MILITARY ETHICS 1 cr

A critical examination and discussion of ethical issues and problems associated with military service. Topics, such as moral reasoning and decision making, the moral justification of war, the morality of commanding and obeying, and moral dissent, will be considered.
Prereq: Corequisite link in Military Science 450-410 or cons instructor.

782-441 MEDIEVAL INTELLECTUAL HISTORY 3 cr

A comprehensive study of the history of medieval thought from the late Roman period to approximately 1500 A.D.. The emphasis is primarily upon the development of philosophy, although the course also treats the areas of literature, science and spirituality.
Prereq: 740-154, 740-452 or 782-341, or equiv.
Unreq: 740-441.

782-490/690 WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-3 cr

782-494/694 SEMINAR Repeatable 1-3 cr

782-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 cr

782-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY Repeatable 1-3 cr

940-246 BUSINESS ETHICS GI 3 cr

(See Interdisciplinary Studies)

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

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. They fulfill General Education requirements in the Humanities and several Religious Studies courses fulfill western and non-western cultural requirements for teacher licensure. Selected Religious Studies courses are electives in other majors or minors such as Asian Studies, International Studies, Philosophy, and Race and Ethnic Cultures.

786-201 CRITICAL ISSUES IN MODERN RELIGION GH 3 cr

An introduction to basic religious issues relating to contemporary academic concerns and Western cultural life. A variety of scholarly treatments will be analyzed and discussed for their intellectual relevance to these issues.

786-211 INTRODUCTION TO EASTERN RELIGIONS GH 3 cr

An introduction to the basic ideas, history, and practices of the major eastern religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

786-212 INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN RELIGIONS GH 3 cr

An introduction to the basic ideas, history, and practices of the major western religious traditions, including ancient national religions, Zoraostrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

786-252 THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE 3 cr

This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories. (Offered jointly with English).
Prereq: 680-101 and 680-102. Unreq: 680-252.

786-303 EASTERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT GH 3 cr

A study of selected texts and religious thought from India, China, and Japan in relation to their impact on personal spiritual development and social integration
Prereq: 230-105, 722-105, 820-105 or consent of the instructor.

786-330 WOMEN AND RELIGION GH 3 cr

This course will trace changing conceptions of gender roles and the functions of women in various religious traditions. Feminine and masculine images of divinity will be compared and recent scholarship in feminist theology on questions such as the nature of divinity, immortality, and religious devotion will be examined.
Prereq: 230-105, 722-105, 820-105 or consent of the instructor.

786-351 RELIGION IN AMERICAN CULTURE GH 3 cr

An examination of the significant role played by religious ideas and traditions in American society from colonial times to the present in historical and cultural perspectives.
Prereq: 740-105 or consent of the instructor.

786-353 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 3 cr

A study of the function and forms of religious groups in primitive and contemporary societies; a theoretical examination of religion as a basic social institution. (Offered jointly with sociology).
Prereq: 3 credits of sociology course work.
Unreq: 880-353.

786-355 THE RENAISSANCE AND THE REFORMATION GH 3 cr

European history from 1300 to 1648 with emphasis on the Renaissance in Italy and northern Europe and the period of the Reformation. (Offered jointly with history).
Prereq: 230-105 or 722-105 or 820-105 or consent of the instructor.
Unreq: 740-355.

786-388/588 THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI GERMANY
& THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS 3 cr

This course will examine the origins, implementation, and legacies of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. It is intended to help students gain an appreciation of the importance of the Holocaust to the Jewish experience, while understanding that other groups also were victimized. (Offered jointly with Sociology).
Prereq: 3 credits of sociology, history or religious studies.
Unreq: 880-388/588.

786-490/690 WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-3 cr

786-494 SEMINAR Repeatable 1-3 cr

786-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 cr

786-498 INDEPENDENT STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 cr

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