Philosophy Courses

PHIL 101 - Philosophy and the Examined Life
3 Credit Hours

Critical thinking about basic philosophical questions through analysis of readings in the sciences, literature, and the arts.
PHIL 105 - Critical Thinking
3 Credit Hours

A practical, cross-disciplinary introduction to handling evidence: how to uncover, analyze, and evaluate arguments, and why that is important. Emphasis upon asking critical questions and upon typical fallacies, elementary probability, patterns of valid inference, induction, abduction, hypothesis testing and the ?ethics? of belief.
PHIL 111 - History of Philosophy I: The Classical Age to Descartes
3 Credit Hours

Representative readings from the Classical age through the Medievals.
Prerequisites: One course in philosophy.
PHIL 121 - Philosophy of Religion
3 Credit Hours

Critical thinking about problems in natural theology, religious experience, faith and reason, theodicy, the soul, afterlife, and the significance of religious language.
PHIL 130 - Environmental Ethics
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to ethics and to important issues in environmental ethics. Among the issues addressed are: What are our obligations to non-human animals? Do we have an obligation to preserve resources for future generations? In what respects, if any, is concern for the environment a feminist issue?
PHIL 201 - Logic
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to traditional syllogistic logic and to elements of modern symbolic logic with emphasis on improving the student?s critical skills.
PHIL 211 - Political Philosophy
3 Credit Hours

The philosophical study of the nature and good of politics.
Prerequisites: One course in philosophy.
Other: May be credited toward a major or minor in political science.
PHIL 230 - Ethics
3 Credit Hours

The philosophical study of such topics as the nature of obligation, character, practical reason, and the good for persons.
PHIL 260 - History of Philosophy II: Descartes to Nietzsche
3 Credit Hours

Representative readings from Continental Rationalism, British Empiricism, and the Nineteenth Century.
Prerequisites: One course in philosophy.
PHIL 270 - History of Philosophy III: Twentieth Century Thought
3 Credit Hours

Representative readings from 1900 to the present.
Prerequisites: One course in philosophy.
PHIL 340 - Metaphysics and Epistemology
3 Credit Hours

Advanced course in problems in the theory of knowledge and metaphysics.
Prerequisites: PHIL 105 or 201 and 260.
PHIL 460 - Senior Essay
2 Credit Hours

Directed by departmental instructors, the student will write a philosophy paper and defend it before faculty and students.
Prerequisites: Philosophy major.
Other: Satisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.

Religious Studies Courses

RELG 101 - Introduction to the Bible
3 Credit Hours

An introductory study of the Biblical literature, its origin in the Jewish and Christian communities, and the literary and cultural developments involved in its emergence as the norm of faith for those communities.
RELG 110 - Introduction to Religion
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to religious questions of basic belief, behavior, and value commitment, and to religious dialogue in the plural world community.
RELG 115 - Christian Ethics
3 Credit Hours

Ethical issues in the Christian tradition, with attention to the sources of the tradition and to various moral theories; application to cases in both personal conduct and in society.
RELG 120 - Religion in America
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the history of religion in America through the study of selected readings on the meaning of the American experience.
RELG 205 - The Christian Tradition
3 Credit Hours

A study of ideas and movements in Christianity; selected thinkers in the early, medieval and reformation periods; Catholic and Reformation thought in the modern world.
RELG 208 - United Methodist Heritage
3 Credit Hours

A solid historical orientation on the development of The United Methodist Church, its roots and constituent parts.
Prerequisites: One course in religion.
RELG 210 - Basic Christian Faith
3 Credit Hours

An introductory study of basic elements of Christian theology. Emphasis is placed on the situation and interpretation of the Christian faith in the modern world.
RELG 212 - Issues in Feminist Theology
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to recent studies in theology that will focus on the significance of the Gospel as read in the context of American women?s experience.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
RELG 214 - Issues in Environmental Theology
3 Credit Hours

A study of issues related to environmental theology, such as ecological responsibility, humankind?s place in creation, God?s love, Christology, and the suffering of creation and hope of new creation.
RELG 221 - Old Testament Studies I
3 Credit Hours

The religion of Israel in historical perspective during the pre-exilic period, with emphasis upon the prophets.
RELG 222 - Old Testament Studies II
3 Credit Hours

Selected groups of Old Testament writings--prophets, psalms, wisdom and apocalyptic literature--beginning at the time of the exile.
RELG 240 - Judaism and Islam
3 Credit Hours

A historical study of Judaism and Islam against the background of other Near Eastern religions, such as Zoroastrianism and Christianity; consideration of current expressions of faith and practice.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
RELG 245 - Hinduism and Buddhism
3 Credit Hours

A historical study of the faith and practice of Hinduism and Buddhism, with conside-ration of other Asian religious traditions alongside which these have developed.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
RELG 305 - Modern Christian Thought
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to contemporary Christian thinkers, theological questions and movements.
Prerequisites: One course in religion.
RELG 310 - Major Religious Thinkers
3 Credit Hours

A study of the history of religious thought through representative individuals or periods of historical importance.
Prerequisites: One course in religion.
RELG 330 - Jesus in the Gospels
3 Credit Hours

The mission and message of Jesus as presented in the Synoptic Gospels; methods of interpretation.
RELG 335 - Paul and the Early Church
3 Credit Hours

A study of early Christian literature, with special focus on the Pauline letters.
RELG 498 - Senior Thesis in Religion
2 Credit Hours

This 2 credit course, along with an oral examination of course work in the major, serves as a capstone for the Religion major. Students will research, write, and present a 25-page research paper on an issue in the study of religion. Students will formally propose a topic, provide an annotated bibliography, and examine disciplinary models in the study of religion. The student must complete 2 drafts of the paper before submitting a final version to the supervising professor. One draft will be subject to peer review; one will be reviewed by the professor.
Other: This course satisfies the advanced composition requirement for General Studies.