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(Archive) Philosophy (PHIL)

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Philosophy (PHIL) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR JOHN J. STUHR, Head of the Department

This major provides in-depth study of fundamental issues that inescapably confront all persons. Topics include ethics, social and political philosophy, and esthetics--study of the good life, justice, and beauty; metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion--study of the nature of reality, mind, body, and the meaning of life and death; epistemology, philosophy of science, and logic--study of the nature of knowledge, truth, objectivity, and principles of sound reasoning; and subjects such as comparative philosophies and world cultures, feminist theory, and philosophical issues in technology, language, education, and the professions of law, business, medicine, communications, engineering, and agriculture. These studies enhance imaginative, interpretive, analytical, critical, and communicative capacities. Majors thus may acquire intellectual abilities crucial for self-fulfillment, responsible participation in public life, and success in a wide range of careers--including law, business, education, journalism, medicine, and public service.

Majors pursued concentration in history of philosophy; humanities and arts; philosophy of science and mathematics; social sciences; the professions; or value studies. This is combined easily with minors, area studies, and multiple majors. Qualified students participate in honors study and internships.

For the B.A. degree in Philosophy, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

GENERAL PHILOSOPHY OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in the history of western philosophy and the historical development and impact of philosophical ideas and issues--from the ancient to the contemporary period. It is designed for all students who seek a broad liberal education, including students interested in graduate study in philosophy.

HUMANITIES AND ARTS OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in the arts, art history, literature, languages, history and religion. It is designed for all students primarily interested in the philosophical dimensions of the arts, humanities, and cultural studies, including students with career or further educational goals in these fields.

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in the life sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology. It is designed for all students primarily interested in the philosophical dimensions of the natural sciences, technology, and mathematics, including students with career or further educational goals in these fields.

SOCIAL SCIENCES OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in the social sciences, social and political theory, and education. It is designed for all students primarily interested in the philosophical dimensions of social thought and methodological and normative issues in the social sciences, educational theory, and public policy, including students with career or further educational goals in these fields.

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues and dimensions in the theory and practice of the professions of agriculture, business, engineering, journalism, law, and medicine and health care. It is designed for all students seeking a foundation in the philosophical dimensions of these professions, including students who wish to combine humanistic study with career or further educational goals in these fields.

VALUE STUDIES OPTION: This option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in aesthetics, ethics, jurisprudence, religious thought, social and political theory, and everyday life. It is designed for students primarily interested in fundamental and practical questions of value in human existence, careers, and communities, including students with career or further educational goals in this area.

PHILOSOPHY MINOR: In consultation with a faculty adviser, students must take a total of 18 credits in philosophy, including at least 6 credits at the 200 level and at least 6 credits at the 400 level.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem. 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 24 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 30 credits[1]

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 9 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
PHIL 012 GQ(3) (Sem. 1-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits in philosophy at the 100 level (Sem. 1-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTIONS: 21 credits

GENERAL PHILOSOPHY OPTION: 21 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
PHIL 200(3), 202(3) (Sem. 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from PHIL 201, 203, 204 (Sem. 3-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 400 level, in consultation with advisor (Sem. 5-8)

HUMANITIES AND ARTS OPTION: 21 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem. 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 402, 409, 413, 422, 424, 429, 435 (Sem. 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level and 3 credits at the 400 level in a related arts or humanities discipline, in consultation with advisor (Sem. 5-8)

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS OPTION: 21 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem. 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 407, 410, 412, 417, 425, 426, 427 (Sem. 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level and 3 credits at the 400 level in a mathematics or natural science discipline, in consultation with advisor (Sem. 5-8)

SOCIAL SCIENCES OPTION: 21 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem. 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 401, 408, 415, 416, 425, 438 (Sem. 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level and 3 credits at the 400 level in social science, in consultation with adviser (Sem. 5-8)

PROFESSIONAL STUDIES OPTION: 21 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem. 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 405, 406, 418, 423, 431, 432, 433, 435 (Sem. 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits at the 400 level in a professional area outside philosophy,in consultation with advisor (Sem. 5-8)

VALUE STUDIES OPTION: 21 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 9 credits in philosophy at the 200 level (Sem. 3-6)
Select 3 credits from PHIL 401, 403, 405, 407, 408, 409, 424, 435, 438 (Sem. 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 additional credits in philosophy at the 400 level in value studies and 3 credits at the 400 level in another discipline in value studies, in consultation with advisor (Sem. 5-8)

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[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1998

Blue sheet Item #: 26-06-064A

Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)

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