PHIL 243

An Introduction to Philosophy (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

Designed to familiarize the student with philosophy as a foundation for life, this course provides an introduction to questions in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy and the philosophy of religion. Classical and modern philosophers from Western, Asian, African and Native American traditions are presented. Critical thinking and an application of theory to contemporary issues are emphasized.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the roles, aims, and divisions of philosophy with a view as to how they shape life decisions and directions.
  • Apply a critical thinking process to the student's positions on issues.
  • Evaluate the issues with which the student is confronted.
  • Identify some of the age- old philosophical questions and the responses of major philosophical figures to these questions.
  • Identify the contributions of feminist philosophy as well as the philosophies of Eastern, African and Native American cultures.
  • Assess the philosophical base for positions and development on a variety of personal and societal norms, values and political structures.
  • Explain how one's metaphysical and epistemological framework affects the positions a person takes on a variety of life issues.
  • Analyze various classic philosophical views and arguments.
  • Relate various classic philosophical views to modern day issues.

Course Schedule

        No of Weeks   Begins   
 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2016; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/20/2016

 243141903Intro Philosophy  Fick D$12.001/28/0Open
M W 12:00PM-01:40PMLA425
 243141905Intro Philosophy  Tierney J$12.002/28/0Open
T R 01:00PM-02:40PMLA425
 243142407Intro Philosophy Online Huston M$12.003/31/0Closed
 243142976Intro Philosophy Online Oxley R$12.008/31/0Closed

Fall; 2016; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/29/2016

 243141900Intro Philosophy  Kirschenheiter T$12.000/28/0Closed
T R 08:00AM-09:20AMLA425
 243141902Intro Philosophy  Fick D$12.004/28/0Open
M 09:00AM-11:54AMLA425
 243141904Intro Philosophy  Huston M$12.0017/28/0Open
W 08:00AM-10:54AMLA425
 243141906Intro Philosophy  Fick D$12.004/28/0Open
F 09:00AM-11:54AMLA425
 243141950Intro Philosophy  Fick D$12.002/28/0Open
M 06:00PM-08:54PMLA425
 243142937Intro Philosophy Online Huston M$12.004/31/0Closed
 243246290Intro Philosophy  Mileo J$12.0016/31/0Open
W 06:00PM-08:54PMRC380

Winter; 2017; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 03/13/2017

 243112937Intro Philosophy Online Fick D$12.0020/31/0Open

Winter; 2017; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 01/30/2017

 243111953Intro Philosophy  Asmar A$12.0025/28/0Open
M 05:30PM-09:08PMLA425
 243112433Intro Philosophy Online Oxley R$12.0019/31/0Open

Winter; 2017; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/09/2017

 243111900Intro Philosophy  Kirschenheiter T$12.001/28/0Open
M W 01:30PM-02:50PMLA425
 243111901Intro Philosophy  Tierney J$12.0010/28/0Open
T R 08:00AM-09:20AMLA425
 243111902Intro Philosophy  Kirschenheiter T$12.0011/28/0Open
W 10:00AM-12:54PMLA425
 243111903Intro Philosophy  Tierney J$12.0018/28/0Open
M W 08:00AM-09:20AMLA425
 243111906Intro Philosophy  Huston M$12.0013/28/0Open
M 10:00AM-12:54PMLA425
 243111951Intro Philosophy  Mileo J$12.0019/28/0Open
W 06:00PM-08:54PMLA425
 243112431Intro Philosophy Online Fick D$12.000/31/2Closed
 243216281Intro Philosophy  Tierney J$12.0025/31/0Open
R 06:00PM-08:54PMRC695

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