PHILO-100 Topics in Philosophy

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in philosophy. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

PHILO-101 Introduction to Philosophy

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course introduces students to major philosophical questions about, for example, the nature of reality, the good life, and the foundations of knowledge. With the help of diverse philosophers, students explore these and other questions from varying perspectives. The practical value of Philosophy will be stressed, as will Philosophy’s relation to the humanities, arts, and sciences.

PHILO-120 Introduction to Ethics

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course introduces students to the main questions in Ethics: is morality relative or absolute? What makes an action right? What makes a person good? What role does gender play in morality? Students explore these and other questions using major moral theories such as utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. These theories will then be applied to a range of moral issues, including abortion, capital punishment, environmental ethics, and affirmative action. 

PHILO-130 Introduction to Critical Thinking

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course is intended to help students develop means for evaluating the conflicting claims to truth by identifying common fallacies and characteristics of reliable thinking, by practicing analysis of arguments, and by clarifying arguments on both sides of some current issue they wish to examine.

PHILO-140 History of Ancient Philosophy

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course introduces students to the major questions in ancient
philosophy: Is there an ultimate reality? What is the nature
of justice? What is the good life? How is happiness attained?
Students explore these and other questions through diverse
philosophers and thinkers of ancient Greece, Rome, as well as
non-Western traditions in Africa, Asia, and the Americas

PHILO-150 History of Modern Philosophy

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course introduces students to the major questions in modern
philosophy: What are the sources and limits of knowledge? What
is the nature of reality? What is the purpose of government?
Students explore these and other questions through diverse
philosophers and thinkers from the early modern Enlightenment
and contemporary periods. Special attention will be paid to recent
scholarship in modern philosophy by feminist and critical race
theorists.

PHILO-160 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Advisory: ENGL-142B

This course introduces students to the major issues in social and
political philosophy, including the nature of justice, the purpose
of government, the relation of economics to politics, and the
origins of totalitarianism (ex: fascism). Students explore these and
other questions through diverse philosophers and thinkers from
the ancient, modern and contemporary periods, with emphases
on critical race, feminist and postcolonial perspectives.

PHILO-180 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

Advisory: ENGL-142B

This course introduces students to the major issues in philosophy
of religion, including the origin of religion, the existence of God,
the problem of evil, and the variety of world religions. Students
examine these issues from a wide range of perspectives, drawing
upon philosophers, theologians and other thinkers from diverse
cultures and eras

PHILO-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in philosophy under the direction of an instructor.