Department of Philosophy

Office in Eddy Hall, Room 243
(970) 491-6315

philosophy.colostate.edu

Associate Professor John Didier, Interim Chair
Associate Professor Matt MacKenzie, Undergraduate Coordinator
Associate Professor Katie McShane, Graduate Coordinator
Gaylene Wolfe, Program Assistant
Lorraine Dunne, Administrative Assistant

Majors

Minors in Philosophy

A minor in Philosophy is intended to broaden students’ education and to complement and encourage critical and constructive reflection in other courses. Students may choose a minor in General Philosophy or in Religious Studies.

Minors

Undergraduate Certificates 

Graduate Programs in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers courses of study that lead to a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy. Master’s students can specialize in applied ethics, particularly animal welfare and environmental ethics; comparative philosophy; ethical theory; history of modern philosophy; metaphysics; aesthetics; or epistemology. Students interested in graduate work should refer to the Graduate and Professional Bulletin and the Department of Philosophy.

Master Programs

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 100  Appreciation of Philosophy (GT-AH3)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Basic issues in philosophy including theories of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Arts & Humanities 3B, Ways of Thinking (GT-AH3).

PHIL 103  Moral and Social Problems (GT-AH3)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Contemporary ethical issues in the United States, such as abortion, euthanasia, and genetic engineering.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Arts & Humanities 3B, Ways of Thinking (GT-AH3).

PHIL 104  Values, Culture, and Food Animal Agriculture  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: ANEQ 104.
Course Description: Evolution of the social values and cultural understandings shaping modern animal agriculture; current problems in animal agriculture.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Non-Animal Science majors with freshman or sophomore standing. Credit not allowed for both PHIL 104 and ANEQ 104.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 110  Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Identify, analyze, and evaluate real arguments in everyday life, politics, the sciences, and the professions.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Arts & Humanities 3B, Ways of Thinking (GT-AH3).

PHIL 112  Reasoning and Problem Solving  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Creative and critical techniques in problem solving and decision making.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 120  History and Philosophy of Scientific Thought (GT-AH3)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Historical development of western, scientific world view from ancient times to the 20th century.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Arts & Humanities 3B, Ways of Thinking (GT-AH3).

PHIL 130  Bioethics and Society  Credits: 2 (2-0-0)

Course Description: Major issues in bioethics.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 170  World Philosophies (GT-AH3)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophies of North America, Mesoamerica, West Africa, South Asia, and East Asia.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Global & Cultural Awareness 3E, Ways of Thinking (GT-AH3).

PHIL 171  Religions of the West  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Major religions of the Near East and West emphasizing their classical development; Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Islam.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 172  Religions of the East  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Major religions of India and the Far East emphasizing their classical development; Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 173  Philosophy of Traditional Judaism  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Concepts and essentials of Jewish philosophy and Judaism, including overview of Jewish lifecycle, history, law, literature, ethics, and mysticism.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 205  Introduction to Ethics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Problems and theories concerning values and standards, right action, and the good life.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must not be a: Freshman.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 206  Knowledge and Existence-An Introduction  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Problems and theories concerning knowledge, being, nature of the world.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must not be a: Freshman.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 210  Introduction to Formal Logic  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Elementary principles, techniques in propositional and predicate logic.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must not be a: Freshman.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 240  Philosophies of Peace and Nonviolence  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Classic and contemporary religious and philosophical work on peace and nonviolence.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 270  Issues in the Study of Religion  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Contemporary religion, its nature, types, forms of expression.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must not be a: Freshman.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 295  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 297  Group Study  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 300  Ancient Greek Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophy of ancient Greece emphasizing Plato and Aristotle.
Prerequisite: PHIL 205 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 210.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 301  17th and 18th Century European Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophy from the scientific revolution through Kant.
Prerequisite: PHIL 206 or PHIL 210 or PHIL 300.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 302  19th Century Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Major figures, movements, concepts in Europe and America from about 1800 to early 20th century.
Prerequisite: PHIL 301.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 305A  Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Business Ethics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems, theories relevant to business.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 305B  Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Medical Life Science  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems, theories relevant to medical-life science professions.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 305C  Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Caring Professions  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems, theories related to caring professions.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Term Offered: Spring (even years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 305D  Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Engineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems, theories relevant to engineering.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 305E  Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Animal Science  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems, theories relevant to professions in animal science.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 305F  Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Information Science  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems, theories relevant to professions in information science.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 305G  Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Research Ethics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems, theories relevant to professions in information science.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 310  Writing and Reasoning  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Logic-based, analytic and critical writing and reading of complex argument and explanation types.
Prerequisite: (CO 150) and (PHIL 110 or PHIL 210).
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 312  Philosophy of Law  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical concepts, theories, and problems concerning the law.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 315  Philosophy of Language  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Basic concepts and principles in the theory of language.
Prerequisite: PHIL 205 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 210 or PHIL 300 to 481 - at least 1 course.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 318  Aesthetics-Visual Arts  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Central, traditional, and contemporary theories of the nature of visual arts.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 320  Ethics of Sustainability  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Ethical and conceptual issues surrounding creation of sustainable societies and lifestyles.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Required field trips.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 325  Philosophy of Natural Science  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Structure of theories; basic concepts and assumptions; methods of explanation and confirmation; emphasis varies between physical and life sciences.
Prerequisite: PHIL 210.
Registration Information: PHIL 210; one course in natural sciences. May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 327  Philosophy of Behavioral Sciences  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Structure of theories; basic concepts; explanation and confirmation; reductionism and values; emphasis varies between psychology and social sciences.
Prerequisite: PHIL 120 or PHIL 205 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 210 or PHIL 300 to 481 - at least 1 course.
Registration Information: May be repeated for credit with consent of department chair.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 330  Agricultural and Food System Ethics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: AGRI 330.
Course Description: Basic concepts in ethics and their application to agriculture and the food system.
Prerequisite: CO 150.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both PHIL 330 and AGRI 330.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 335  Islam: Cosmology and Practice  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Cosmological, spiritual, ritual, and practical aspects of Islam.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 345  Environmental Ethics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Scientific, philosophical, and religious concepts of nature as they bear on human conduct; an ecological perspective.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must not be a: Freshman.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 348  Philosophy of Literature and the Arts  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Aesthetic and philosophical issues in literature and the arts.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 349  Philosophies of East Asia  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical traditions of East Asia, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Zen Buddhism.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must not be a: Freshman.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 350  Social and Political Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Moral relationships between persons and institutions.
Prerequisite: PHIL 205 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 300 to 499 - at least 1 course.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 351  Interpreting the New Testament  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Contemporary methods of New Testament interpretation.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 353  Feminist Philosophies  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Conceptual, moral, and social analysis of women's issues from a variety of philosophical feminist perspectives.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 354  Philosophy and Science Fiction  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Science fiction offers students the chance to consider difficult philosophical questions with real-world relevance. Students will read science fiction to stimulate thinking about three questions: (1) What does it mean for human technology to be natural or unnatural, and how should technology and nature be related? (2) What constitutes possession of rationality and/or intelligence? (3) What are space and time, and how should humans understand the spatiality and temporality of our own lives?
Prerequisite: CO 150.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 355  Philosophy of Religion  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical analysis of nature of religion and structure of meaning in religious discourse.
Prerequisite: PHIL 000 to 99999 - at least 3 credits.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 359  Philosophy of Human Nature  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical study of theories of human nature.
Prerequisite: PHIL 105 or PHIL 205 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 300 to 481 - at least 1 course.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 360  Topics in Asian Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Examination of major philosophical topics from ethics, sociopolitical philosophy, metaphysics, aesthetics.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must not be a: Freshman.
Registration Information: Sophomore standing or higher.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 366  Philosophy of Aging  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems related to experience of growing old.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 370  Contemporary Western Religious Thought  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Contemporary interpretations of significant Western religious traditions.
Prerequisite: PHIL 106 or PHIL 171 or PHIL 172 or PHIL 270.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 371  Contemporary Eastern Religious Thought  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Transformation of Indian and Chinese religious thought in the modern period.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 372  Meaning and Truth in Religion  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Nature, variety, functions, interpretation, evaluation of religious language.
Prerequisite: PHIL 106 or PHIL 171 or PHIL 172 or PHIL 270.
Term Offered: Fall (even years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 375  Science and Religion  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Encounter of religious belief with Western science, influences on each other, present relations.
Prerequisite: PHIL 106 or PHIL 171 or PHIL 172 or PHIL 270.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 379  Mysticism East and West  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Varieties of mystical experience in selected Eastern and Western representatives.
Prerequisite: PHIL 106 or PHIL 171 or PHIL 172 or PHIL 270.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 384  Supervised College Teaching  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Teaching basic philosophy courses.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: A maximum of 10 combined credits for all 384 and 484 courses are counted towards graduation requirements.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 407  Phenomenology and Existentialism  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Methods, epistemology, metaphysics, axiology, ethics of 20th-century phenomenologists and existentialists.
Prerequisite: PHIL 205 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 300 or PHIL 301.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 409  20th Century Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Major figures, trends, and concepts in 20th-century philosophy.
Prerequisite: PHIL 301.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 410  Formal Logic  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Quantification theory; axiomatic systems; rigorous axiomatization of some logical or mathematical theory.
Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or CS 270.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 411  Formal Tools in Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Formal methodological tools used in contemporary philosophy. Topics may include modal logic, formal semantics, and decision theory.
Prerequisite: PHIL 210.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 415  Logic and Scientific Method  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Approaches to analysis, assessment of scientific inference, problems of induction; applications to natural, behavioral, social sciences.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 425  Epistemology  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Concepts, problems, and theories of knowledge.
Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or PHIL 300 or PHIL 301.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 435  Metaphysics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical problems concerning nature, structure, and basic constituents of reality.
Prerequisite: PHIL 210 or PHIL 300 or PHIL 301.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 438  Philosophy of Mind  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Nature and status of mind, mental states, mental activity; the mind-body problem, mind and human sciences, mind and self, nature of human action.
Prerequisite: PHIL 300 or PHIL 301 or PHIL 302 or PHIL 315 or PHIL 325 or PHIL 327 or PHIL 359.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 447  Ethical Theory  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Fundamental problems and options in ethical theory.
Prerequisite: PHIL 205 or PHIL 300 or PHIL 301.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 455  Islamic Philosophy  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Development of philosophical thought in early, middle, and late Muslim civilization.
Prerequisite: PHIL 206 and PHIL 210.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 460  Seminar in Great Philosophers  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Works of one major figure in the history of philosophy.
Prerequisite: PHIL 300 or PHIL 301 or PHIL 302.
Registration Information: Maximum of 9 credits allowed in course.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 461  Seminar in Philosophical Issues and Problems  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Thorough examination of a major philosophical problem or issue.
Prerequisite: PHIL 300 or PHIL 301 or PHIL 302.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 462  Capstone Seminar  Credits: 3 (1-0-2)

Course Description: In-depth, integrative study of major topics, texts, and problems in both philosophy and religion.
Prerequisite: PHIL 300 and PHIL 301 or PHIL 300 and PHIL 302 or PHIL 300 and PHIL 409 or PHIL 301 and PHIL 302 or PHIL 301 and PHIL 409 or PHIL 302 and PHIL 409.
Restriction: Must be a: Senior, Senior - 5yr Bachelor, Senior - Post Bachelor, Senior - Second Bachelor.
Registration Information: Senior standing. Two of the following courses are required: PHIL 300, PHIL 301, PHIL 302, PHIL 409. Must register for lecture and recitation.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 463  Seminar in Religious Studies  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 479  Topics in Comparative Religions  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Comparative study of topics in world religions and philosophy or religion.
Prerequisite: PHIL 171 or PHIL 172 or PHIL 270.
Registration Information: PHIL 171 or PHIL 172 or PHIL 270; 300-level religious studies course.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 495  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-9] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 497  Group Study  Credits: Var[1-9] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 499  Thesis  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of department chair.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 500  Seminar in Major Philosophical Texts  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Intensive study of one or two major works in the history of philosophy.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Graduate standing.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 501  Seminar: Topics in History of Philosophy  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Selected figures and periods from the history of western philosophy, from ancient to modern. Topics change from semester to semester.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 525  Seminar in Epistemology  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Analysis of contemporary theories of knowledge.
Prerequisite: PHIL 425.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 527  Seminar in Philosophy of Science  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Systematic survey of major 20th-century philosophies of science.
Prerequisite: PHIL 325 or PHIL 327 or PHIL 415.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 535  Seminar in Metaphysics  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Contemporary topics in philosophical metaphysics.
Prerequisite: PHIL 500.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 545  Concept of Natural Value  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Philosophical analysis of nature as a value carrier. Types of value associated with nature, their interrelations.
Prerequisite: PHIL 345.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 547  Seminar in Meta-Ethics  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Systematic and historical overview of contemporary theories of meta-ethics.
Prerequisite: PHIL 447.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 548  Seminar in Normative Ethical Theory  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Major topics in contemporary theories of normative ethics.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Graduate standing.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 550  Ethics and International Development  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: IE 550.
Course Description: Ethical reflection applied to development goals, strategies of Third World countries; relations between developed and developing countries.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Credit not allowed for both PHIL 550 and IE 550.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 555  Seminar in Philosophical Models of Nature  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Comparative inquiry into the "nature" of nature as viewed by philosophers of the past and present.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Term Offered: Fall (even years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 564  Seminar in Animal Rights  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Contemporary issues concerning nature and moral status of nonhuman animals.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Term Offered: Spring (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 565  Seminar in Environmental Philosophy  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Aesthetic appreciation of nature, duties concerning fauna, flora, endangered species, ecosystem.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 566  Seminar in Applied Philosophy  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Application of philosophical ideas and methods to analyze practical problems such as distributive justice, abortion, human rights conflicts.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 570  Seminar in Contemporary Philosophical Theory  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description: Major concepts and problems in current philosophical theory.
Prerequisite: PHIL 500.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 593  Seminar  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 601  Master of Profess. Natural Sciences Ethics  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Also Offered As: NSCI 601.
Course Description: Ethical issues involving the care and treatment of animals in captive environments. Lectures, case studies, discussions, and student presentations.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Enrollment in the Master of Professional Natural Sciences program required. Credit not allowed for both PHIL 601 and NSCI 601. This is a partial-semester course.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 662  Seminar  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 666  Science and Ethics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: CM 666.
Course Description: Ethical issues of research on humans and animals; biosafety; fraud and deception in science; genetic engineering.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Graduate cooperative program, Professional.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both PHIL 666 and CM 666.
Term Offered: Spring (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 684  Supervised College Teaching  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 695  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-9] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 697  Group Study  Credits: Var[1-9] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 698  Research  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PHIL 699  Thesis  Credits: Var[1-9] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.