Degrees / Courses

Major Requirements:
A minimum of thirty (30) semester hours to be selected within the following guidelines: PH111 counts toward the major (PH101 does not); only two courses may be taken by independent study; two courses should be taken from history of philosophy. A transfer student majoring in philosophy should take at least 15 hours of philosophy at Aquinas.
Minor Requirements:
A minimum of twenty (20) semester hours to be taken with the following guidelines: Two courses should be taken in the history of philosophy sequence. A transfer student minoring in philosophy should take at least 12 hours of philosophy at Aquinas.


Two Year Rotation of Courses (pdf)
PH101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking (3) HP
Definition of philosophy; survey of principal questions in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology; philosophy of religion and political philosophy.
PH111 Logic (3) HP
Basic tools for analyzing and criticizing arguments, including basic patterns of deductive logic, recognizing common fallacies, and criticizing analogical causal arguments.
PH/PS218 History of Political Thought (3)
Highlights of the history of political philosophy, Ancients, Medieval, Modern social contract theories, Marxism, liberalism, and postmodernism, using primary and secondary source materials. Deals with the relationship between politics and truth; the nature of political authority; democratic theory; the nature of the good society and its relationship to particular theories of human nature.
PH231 Dimensions of Being Human (3) HP
Issues covered: whether there is a universal, basic human nature; what it means to be a ‘person’; (how) is the mind linked to the body and the soul; what does it mean to be a self.
PH238 Environmental Philosophy (3)
An examination of the various responses to the call to go beyond conservationalism and reform environmentalism of the 60's and beyond environmental ethics. Topics include: deep ecology, eco-feminism, social ecology and radical environmentalism.
PH244 Medical Ethics (3)
Application of ethical principles to cases in medicine; end of life care, abortion, psychosurgery, informed consent, medical experimentation, genetic counseling and research, allocation problems.
PH245 Philosophy of Religion (3)
Historical and contemporary readings on problem of God: theology and falsification, problem of evil, faith and knowledge, rationality of religious belief, immortality.
PH248 The Catholic Intellectual Tradition (3)
This course is a survey of themes and impact of the Catholic intellectual tradition on the development of Western Civilization. The Catholic vision of God (Being), the World (Creation), the Human Being and Society in the works of major Catholic thinkers will be foundational to understanding Catholicism’s contribution to the fields of philosophy, science, politics and ethics.
PH251 Philosophy of Law (3)
Philosophical discussion of contemporary philosophical writings and law cases in the areas of free speech, privacy, criminal liability, civil liability, legal insanity, death penalty, legal reasoning and constitutional interpretation, and sex equality and discrimination.
PH315 Ancient Greek and Chinese Philosophy (3)
Major philosophers between the 5th century B.C. and the 3rd century A.D. including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao Tzu.
PH320 Medieval Philosophy (3)
Major philosophers between the 4th and 14th centuries: Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, members of the Arabic and Jewish schools, Duns Scotus, Ockham.
PH325 Modern Philosophy (3)
Critical review of the most influential writings of four major philosophers: Descartes, Locke, Hume and Kant.
PH330 Contemporary Philosophy (3)
Analysis of the writings of significant contemporary philosophers, including critical theorists (Habermas), poststructuralists (Focault), feminists (Irigaray), deconstructionists (Derrida) as well as their relationships to Nietzsche.
PH398 Readings in Philosophy (Variable)
Individually negotiated program of readings on selected topic established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
PH399 Independent Project (Variable)
Individually negotiated project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
PH406 Ways of Knowing (3)
Theory of knowledge; evidence, knowledge and opinion, the a priori, truth, insight; canons of inquiry: history, science, religion, and literature as knowledge.
PH490 Special Topics (3)
Periodically, the department offers courses in such areas as: Anglo-American philosophy, continental phenomenology-existentialism, philosophy of art, texts of specific philosophers; philosophy of mind; philosophy of science.
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