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 Philosophy major provides students with a foundation in the tradition of Western Philosophy, from classical to contemporary.  The major covers introductions to various areas of Philosophy, a required logic course.  This is a sequence in the history of Western Philosophy, with upper-division electives to give the student some specialized study in several areas within Philosophy.  These areas include ethics, social/political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, philosophy of law, and philosophy of art.  We also offer other 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.

 

  • BA Major
  • BS Major
  • Minor
  • Philosophy Learning Outcomes
  • Senior Tutorial

Philosophy, BA: (63-87 credits)

*Minimum 36 upper-division credits

PHL 101 Intro to Phil: Knowledge/Reality (3)

PHL 102 Intro to Phil: Morality/Justice (3)

PHL 103 Intro to Logic (3)

Choose one: (3)

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

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 262 Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge (3)

PHL 311 Ancient Philosophy (3)

PHL 313  Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (3)

PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy (3)

PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy (3)

PHL 405 Senior Tutorial in 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

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)

Foreign Language (4-24)  Foreign Language requirement of 4-24 credits with completion of 203-level course in a second language, or higher.

*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, BS (74-90 Credits)

            *Minimum 36 upper division credits

PHL 101 Intro to Phil: Knowledge/Reality (3)

PHL 102 Intro to Phil: Morality/Justice (3)

PHL 103 Intro to Logic (3)

Choose One:

PHL 251 Ethics (3)

PHL 252 Medical Ethics (3)

PHL 255 Environmental Ethics (3)

 

Choose One:

PHL 261 Metaphysics: Theory of Being (3)

PHL 263 Philosophy of Mind (3)

PHL 262 Epistemology: Theory of Knowledge(3)

Choose One:

PHL 282 Philosophy of Art (3)

PHL 283 Philosophy of Religion (3)

PHL 311 Ancient Philosophy (3)

PHL 313 Medieval & Renaissance Philosophy(3)

PHL 314 Modern European Philosophy (3)

PHL 316 Contemporary Philosophy (3)

Choose One:

PHL 321 Existentialism (3)

PHL 322 19th-Century Philosophy (3)

PHL 323 Continental Philosophy (3)

Choose One:

PHL 350 Social and Political Philosophy (3)

PHL 380 Philosophy of Law (3)

 

Choose One:

R 201 Intro to World’s Religion: Eastern (3)

R 204 Intro to World’s Religion: Western (3)

R 460 Comparative Religion (3)

PHL 405 Senior Tutorial in Philosophy (3)

 

Elective Credits (14-18)

Any course in Philosophy, Religious Studies & approved Humanities courses(14-18)

Minor (15-27)

Student, after consulting with their advisor, must complete a non-language minor.  Courses in the minor and the major must be different.

Philosophy Minor: (27 credits)

*Minimum 15 upper division credits.

PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality (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 405W Senior Tutorial in Philosophy (3)

Elective Credits in Philosophy and/or Religious Studies (6)

*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 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. Mark Perlman | (503) 838-8969 | perlmam@wou.edu | HSS 304