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B.A. in Philosophy (63 credits)/Philosophy Minor (27 credits)

 

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at WOU offers a Major in Philosophy, which was first available in 1999-2000. The mission of the Philosophy Major is to provide students a foundational acquaintance with, and experience of being mentored in, the tradition of Western philosophy, classical to contemporary.

The Major covers introductions to various areas of philosophy, a required logic course, a sequence in the history of Western philosophy, and upper-division electives to give the student some specialized study in several areas within philosophy, such as ethics, social/political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, philosophy of law, and philosophy of art.  We also offer very specialized courses as Special Topics (PHL 398 and 399). The Major concludes with a Senior Tutorial course (PHL 405) which pulls together all of the training into a unified picture of the field.

 

  • Major
  • Minor
  • Philosophy Learning Outcomes
  • Senior Tutorial

Philosophy Major: (63 credits)

*Minimum 36 upper-division credits

PHL 101 and 102 (Introduction to Philosophy) (6)

PHL 103 (Introduction to Logic) (3)

Choose one: (3)

  • PHL 251 Ethics
  • PHL 252 Medical Ethics
  • PHL 255 Environmental Ethics

PHL 262 Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge (3)

Choose one: (3)

  • PHL 261 Metaphysics: Theory of Being
  • PHL 263 Philosophy of Mind

Choose one: (3)

  • PHL 282 Philosophy of Art
  • PHL 283 Philosophy of Religion

PHL 311 Ancient Philosophy (3)

PHL 313  Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (3)

PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy (3)

PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy (3)

Choose one: (3)

  • PHL 321 Existentialism
  • PHL 322 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHL 323 Continental Philosophy

Choose one: (3)

  • PHL 350 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHL 380 Philosophy of Law

PHL 405 Senior Tutorial in Philosophy (3)

Choose one:(3)

  • R 201 Introduction to the World’s Religions: Eastern
  • R 204 Introduction to the World’s Religions: Western
  • R 460 Comparative Religion

Electives in philosophy, religious studies and approved humanities courses (18)

*Note: PHL 405, the Senior tutorial in philosophy, is intended to be the culmination of philosophy students’ training, in which they will write a unique, substantial, philosophical work, pulling together all of the skills they have been building over their previous study of philosophy.  It is usually taught Spring Term, and is required for all philosophy majors and minors.

Philosophy Minor: (27 credits)

*Minimum 15 upper division credits.

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

PHL 103 Introduction to Logic (3)

Choose one: (3)

  • PHL 102 Introduction to Philosophy: Personal Morality and Social Justice
  • PHL 251 Ethics

Choose three: (9)

  • PHL 311 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 313 Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
  • PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy
  • PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy

PHL 405 Senior Tutorial in Philosophy (3)

Electives in Philosophy and/or Religious Studies (6)

*Note: The course that is selected to meet the LACC requirement in Philosophy or Religious Studies may now also be counted in the 27 hours of the Minor.

PHL 405, the Senior tutorial in philosophy, is intended to be the culmination of philosophy students’ training, in which they will write a unique, substantial, philosophical work, pulling together all of the skills they have been building over their previous study of philosophy.  It is usually taught Spring Term, and is required for all philosophy majors and minors.

Philosophy Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyze the origins of their own beliefs, values, and ideas, and those from different cultural and historical contexts.
  2. Develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed to analyze and evaluate ideas.
  3. Build on their foundations in the history of philosophy to analyze and develop arguments and think both logically and creatively.

PHL 405, the Senior tutorial in philosophy, is intended to be the culmination of philosophy students’ training, in which they will write a unique, substantial, philosophical work, pulling together all of the skills they have been building over their previous study of philosophy.  It is usually taught Spring Term, and is required for all philosophy majors and minors.

 

 

Contact

Dr. Susan Daniel | (503) 838-8378 | daniels@mail.wou.edu | HSS 318