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Course Description

Philosophy - 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

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Spring; 2018; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 5/7/2018

 243121900Intro Philosophy 3Fick D$12.0028/28/0OpenM W  09:00 AM-12:10 PM LA425
 243121902Intro Philosophy 3Tierney J$12.0031/31/0OpenT R  01:00 PM-04:10 PM LA410
 243121950Intro Philosophy 3Tierney J$12.0028/28/0OpenT R  06:00 PM-09:10 PM LA425
 243122309Intro PhilosophyOnline3Oxley R$12.0031/31/0Open 
 243122343Intro PhilosophyOnline3Mileo J$12.0031/31/0Open 

Summer; 2018; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 7/2/2018

 243131903Intro Philosophy 3Huston M$12.0028/28/0OpenT R  09:00 AM-12:10 PM LA425
 243131904Intro Philosophy 3Fick D$12.0028/28/0OpenM W  01:30 PM-04:40 PM LA425
 243132916Intro PhilosophyOnline3Oxley R$12.0031/31/0Open 
 243132937Intro PhilosophyOnline3Mileo J$12.0031/31/0Open 

Winter; 2018; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 3/12/2018

 243112937Intro PhilosophyOnline3Oxley R$12.0014/31/0Open 
 243112941Intro PhilosophyOnline3Fick D$12.000/31/3Closed 

Winter; 2018; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 1/29/2018

 243111953Intro Philosophy 3Asmar A$12.0015/28/0OpenM  05:30 PM-09:08 PM LA425
 243112433Intro PhilosophyOnline3Oxley R$12.002/31/0Open 

Winter; 2018; PHILOSOPHY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 1/8/2018

 243111900Intro Philosophy 3Fick D$12.001/28/0OpenM W  01:30 PM-02:50 PM LA425
 243111901Intro Philosophy 3Tierney J$12.003/28/0OpenT R  08:00 AM-09:20 AM LA425
 243111902Intro Philosophy 3Fick D$12.003/28/0OpenW  10:00 AM-12:54 PM LA425
 243111903Intro Philosophy 3Tierney J$12.008/28/0OpenM W  08:00 AM-09:20 AM LA425
 243111906Intro Philosophy 3Huston M$12.005/28/0OpenM  10:00 AM-12:54 PM LA425
 243111951Intro Philosophy 3Mileo J$12.007/28/0OpenW  06:00 PM-08:54 PM LA425
 243112431Intro PhilosophyOnline3Fick D$12.002/31/4Open 
 243216281Intro Philosophy 3Asmar A$12.0026/31/0OpenR  06:00 PM-08:54 PM RC695