General Education Options in Philosophy

General Education - HUMANITIES

All students are required to complete 10 credits of Humanities courses for General Education.  Any one of the following three Philosophy courses can be used to help meet this requirement:

Introduction to Philosophy (3600:101)

This course examines questions basic to life, such as:  Does God exist?  How can we know what we know?  What is the meaning of life, and how do we deal with its paradoxes?  It introduces a number of philosophers, along with their views on these and other issues, with the purpose of teaching you to sort out these problems for yourself--so you can better analyze your own beliefs.

Introduction to Ethics (3600:120)

This course examines how moral decisions are made.  The course goes through some of the basic, major theories of ethical decision making, such as egoism, cultural relativism, utilitarianism, and deontology.  It then applies these theories to current issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, world hunger, and capital punishment, with the purpose of helping you understand the foundations and motivations of deciding what is right and wrong.

Introduction to Logic (3600:170)

This course deals with problem solving with the purpose of introducing you to methods and patterns for clear thinking.  It examines how to distinguish between good and bad reasoning, it examines how to evaluate arguments by distinguishing relevant and irrelevant information, and it provides pathways for mapping out strategies for solutions.

General Education - SOCIAL SCIENCES

All students are required to complete 6 credits of Social Science courses for the General Education program.  The following Philosophy course can help meet this requirement:

Theory and Evidence (3600:125)

This course is an investigation of the concept of evidence and the criteria for the evaluation of theories in various areas of study, including the natural sciences, the social sciences, and philosophy.  It investigates the role of scientific information in the formation and justification of value judgments.