Your philosophy course options will include creative classes like Philosophy and Science Fiction or Minds and Machines. You’ll get to know your professors and peers through lively discussion as you explore ethics, logic, morality, reality, the mind, and what it means to know and be.
Applied Ethics Minor
|PHI 214BR - Contemporary Moral Issues
(4 credits)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) A philosophical
exploration of several contemporary moral issues.
Possible topics include abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted
suicide, cloning and stem-cell research, war and terrorism, capital
punishment, global poverty, factory farming and experimenting on animals,
homosexuality and same-sex marriage, etc.
|PSC 320 - Christians and the Political Order
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American politics) This course centers on the implications of the Christian faith for Christians in the political order. We will explore historical and current Christian interpretations of the role of government in society, distilling biblical values which undergird them. Prerequisite: junior standing, or permission of the instructor.
|REL 290 - Christian Witness
(4 credits) This course is an examination of Christian witness as verbal proclamation (evangelism), reasoned defense (apologetics), as a distinctive lifestyle and as social action (justice). Students will explore the meaning of the gospel, in the context of a biblical theology of God's holistic plan of redemption, and various models of evangelism, apologetics and justice, especially the model of Christian community development. Prerequisite: REL250 or permission of instructor.
|Choose 10 credits:
|BIO 201 - Bioethics
(4 credits; non-yearly, consult department) A seminar which applies Christian perspectives to selected problems in the field of biology.
|CSC 450 - Value Issues in Computing
(2 credits) This course focuses on a range of social and ethical issues involved in computer science and computer use. Computer professionals have to face these issues and deal with them in a responsible way. Some issues discussed in the course include ethical decision making, software piracy, software protection, computer crime, privacy, errors and reliability, computers and the workplace, responsibility and reliability, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
|PHI 200BR - Introduction to Ethics
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Belief
and Reason) An investigation of some of the main philosophical questions
about ethics, such as the following: Does morality depend on religion? Is
morality relative to culture? Why should I be moral? How do we go about
answering moral questions? Is there a "theory" of morality? If so, what
does that theory look like?
|PHI 210x - Introduction to Political Philosophy
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course introduces the student to
philosophy by means of an examination of the
main questions of normative social and political theory. It examines such matters as the justification and purpose of government, anarchism, justice, equality and human ri
|PHI 355 - Topics in Ethics
(4 credits, non- yearly, consult department) An advanced study of some topic(s) in ethics. Prerequisite: PHI110 or 114.
|PSC 220 - Politics and Public Policy
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American politics) A general examination of domestic and foreign policies of the United States. Education, health care, civil rights and economic policy are among the various polices explored. Particular attention is given to the differences between Christian liberal and Christian conservative policy perspectives of problems such as crime, discrimination, poverty, degradation of the environment and others.
|PSC 225 - Introduction to Law
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American politics) This course briefly surveys the landscape of the American legal system. Most of the course, however, is devoted to examining significant constitutional issues, such as government powers, civil rights and civil liberties.
|PSC 330 - Topics in International Problems
(2-4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) This course explores a particular problem in international politics, using descriptive, theoretical and normative perspectives. Issues addressed may include war, ethics and foreign policy, and hunger. We will explore relevant Christian thinking to assess proposed solutions.
|REL 260 - Christian Ethics
(2 credits, offered at the discretion of the department, consult department) A biblically based, theologically and historically informed study of both personal and social moral issues from a Christian perspective.
|SOC 202 - Social Problems
(4 credits) This course is about learning to critically think about society and various problems in society. This course will examine a number of social issues as we wrestle with how we can decide if an issue is a social problem, decide which social problems might be more significant than others, and evaluate potential solutions for social problems. We are going to wrestle with some challenging questions with the goal of helping us to think deeply about how we might seek justice on an individual level and within society.
|SOC 220 - The Criminal Justice System
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course provides an introduction to
the criminal justice system. The primary goal of this course is to develop a general understanding of the
criminal justice system's response to crime in society. It is important to note
the general theme of this course involves the delicate balance between
community interests and individual rights that criminal justice decision making
requires. This theme is explored by examining the criminal justice process in
some detail, focusing on how the system is structured to respond to crime. This
requires an understanding of the core elements of the criminal justice system:
police, courts, and corrections.
|Total credits required: 24