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Courses in the Philosophical Inquiry domain address conceptual issues fundamental to reflection on such philosophical topics as:

  • metaphysics (e.g., being and nonbeing, the one and the many, the nature of reality, same and other, self and other);
  • epistemology (e.g., the nature and possibility of knowledge, different ways of knowing, knowledge vs. opinion, truth and falsity);
  • ethics (e.g., right and wrong action, good and bad, objectivism and relativism in ethics, social and political philosophies, the idea of value, the problem of evil); and
  • aesthetics (e.g., the nature of beauty, aesthetic value, the possibility of aesthetic valuation).

Courses address questions of how such topics impinge upon, shape, and challenge student lives.

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Address, critically think about, and analyze philosophical questions and problems.
  • Evaluate philosophical questions, issues and/or problems using informed judgment.
  • Analyze and interpret the methods used by philosophers in addressing philosophical questions, issues, and/or problems.
  • Engage with philosophical topics and figures in their historical context.
  • Confront and interpret primary texts from the philosophical tradition.
  • Write an analytic essay treating a philosophical question, issue and/or problem that forwards an identifiable thesis, argument, and conclusion.

Courses

Below please find examples of courses previously offered for philosophical inquiry credit. For information on current offerings, please consult campus connection.

Course Title Quarter Hours
African and Black Diaspora Studies
ABD 234BLACK AESTHETIC THOUGHT4
Catholic Studies
CTH 337GREEK AND MEDIEVAL THOUGHT4
CTH 338EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY4
CTH 339PHILOSOPHY SINCE KANT4
Computer Science
CSC 208ETHICS IN TECHNOLOGY4
Environmental Science
ENV 170ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
Film and Television Production
FILM 228ETHICS IN COMPUTER GAMES AND CINEMA (FORMERLY DC 228)4
FILM 237FILM PHILOSOPHY (FORMERLY DC 227)4
Game Development
GAM 228ETHICS IN COMPUTER GAMES AND CINEMA4
Geography
GEO 299KNOWLEDGE, PLACE AND POWER4
Health Sciences
HLTH 229ETHICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES4
Information Technology
IT 228ETHICS IN COMPUTER GAMES AND CINEMA4
Media and Cinema Studies
MCS 343MEDIA ETHICS4
Management
MGT 248BUSINESS ETHICS4
Modern Languages
MOL 215ANCIENT SCIENCE AND ITS LANGUAGE4
Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies
PAX 218HUMAN RIGHTS: PROMISE AND PROBLEMATICS4
PAX 235THE ETHICS OF POVERTY4
Philosophy
PHL 100INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY4
PHL 200ETHICAL THEORIES4
PHL 202PHILOSOPHY OF GOD4
PHL 204EXISTENTIAL THEMES4
PHL 208WHAT IS A PERSON?4
PHL 228NEUROETHICS4
PHL 229BIOMEDICAL ETHICS4
PHL 230CONTEMPORARY TOPICS IN ETHICS4
PHL 231PHILOSOPHY AND RACE4
PHL 232WHAT IS FREEDOM?4
PHL 233ISSUES IN SEX AND GENDER4
PHL 234PHILOSOPHY AND MODERN SOCIETY4
PHL 235ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY4
PHL 236PHILOSOPHY AND THE CITY4
PHL 237PHILOSOPHY, CONFLICT AND PEACE4
PHL 238FEMINIST PHILOSOPHIES4
PHL 240LOVE, HATRED, AND RESENTMENT4
PHL 241ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY4
PHL 242PHILOSOPHY AND TECHNOLOGY4
PHL 243PHILOSOPHY AND FILM4
PHL 245REASON AND SOCIETY4
PHL 246BLACK AESTHETIC THOUGHT4
PHL 248BUSINESS ETHICS4
PHL 263GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS: PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES4
PHL 264PHILOSOPHICAL CRITIQUES OF COLONIALISM4
PHL 280CRITICAL THINKING4
PHL 287INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN PHILOSOPHIES4
PHL 315SURVEY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY4
PHL 381DRAMATIC THEORY: TRAGEDY4
PHL 382DRAMATIC THEORY: COMEDY4
Political Science
PSC 230CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT4
PSC 231MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT4
PSC 234FREEDOM AND EMPOWERMENT4
PSC 235EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE4
PSC 236LEGITIMACY AND CRISIS4
School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formerly SNL)
SNC 188PROBLEMS AND ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ETHICS4
Sociology
SOC 202PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL THOUGHT4
Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 388QUEER THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION4
Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse
WRD 282ETHICS OF PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING4