Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 001 Introductory Philosophy 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Students study the methods and ideas of philosophy. Students write analyses on topics such as the scope and limits of knowledge, the nature of reality, the nature of self, ethics, science, religion, or political theory. (C-ID PHIL100)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 005 Ethics 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Ethics is an introduction to theories that answer questions such as "How ought I live?" and "What is best for me and others?" Students will analyze basic ethical theories such as utilitarianism, deontology and virtue ethics and apply these theories to moral problems such as abortion, animal rights, euthanasia, and pornography. (C-ID PHIL120)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 012 Comparative Religion 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Comparative Religion is an introduction to major religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students read both sacred texts and modern writings in the religion to compare ideas about ethics, life after death and the role of women.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 013 Intro to the Old Testament 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
The Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) has a rich diversity of literary genres, social contexts and historical settings. It is a foundational text for three major religions. Students analyze the text, times and theological perspectives; the study will not be devotional in character.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 014 Intro to the New Testament 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
A study of the diverse literary genres, historical background and theological emphases of the New Testament. The course covers different portraits of Jesus, early Christianity and the life of Paul.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 020 Introductory Logic 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course gives students the opportunity to slow down and develop habits of disciplined, structured thinking, rather than settling for the spontaneous and haphazard association of ideas. It encourages precise thinking: students will translate ordinary language into symbols to use formal methods of sentence and predicate logic—including proofs — to identify valid arguments. (C-ID PHIL210)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 230 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
PHIL 025 Critical Thinking 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course gives students the opportunity to learn how to make strong arguments for their views and learn to think about the arguments about major public issues. Students will identify arguments, define terms, find errors in thinking patterns, and develop strong deductive and inductive arguments. Students are required to write a minimum of 6,000 words.
Prerequisites: ENGL 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better