Applied Ethics

Philosophy struggles with the questions thoughtful human beings have been asking for thousands of years: What does it mean to be human? How should we live? How can we justify our deepest beliefs and attitudes? Stated simply, philosophy aims at clear, consistent and comprehensive answers to these and other important questions. It suggests a way of thinking and acting based on a set of carefully worked out attitudes and convictions. In short, philosophy helps you develop a coherent world view consistent with your fundamental beliefs.

Studying philosophy will help you understand the world and our place in it. And because philosophy emphasizes careful reasoning about complex issues, it will help you develop skills which are important in all areas of life: problem-solving, communication, writing, persuasive powers and research skills.

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Minor requirements

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
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. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American politics)
REL 290 - Christian Witness and Community Development
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Choose ten credits:
BIO 201 - Bioethics
A seminar which applies Christian perspectives to selected problems in the field of biology.(4 credits; non-yearly, consult department)
CSC 450 - Value Issues in Computing
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.(2 credits)
PHI 200BR - 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 210BRx - Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHI 355 - Topics in Ethics
An advanced study of some topic(s) in ethics.Prerequisite: PHI110 or 114.(4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
PSC 220 - Politics and Public Policy
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. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American politics)
PSC 225WI - Introduction to Law
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. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive)
PSC 330 - Topics in International Problems
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.(2-4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)
REL 260 - Christian Ethics
A biblically based, theologically and historically informed study of both personal and social moral issues from a Christian perspective. (2 credits, offered at the discretion of the department, consult department)
SOC 202 - Social Problems
A discussion of myths and facts leading toward an understanding of many social problems, such as sexual deviance, drugs and alcohol, health care and illness (physical and mental), crime and delinquency, violence, wealth and poverty, inequality of opportunity, work, aging, sex inequality, racial minorities and discrimination, education, family problems, war, pollution, ecology and population. Emphasis is placed upon difficulties in defining, critiquing and proposing meaningful solutions.(4 credits)
SOC 220 - The Criminal Justice System

Total credits required: 24