Current Courses:

  • PHIL 1019 Course PHIL 1019: Critical Thinking (3)
    • This course introduces students to the foundational critical thinking skills needed for the intelligent and responsible conduct of life. Topics include argument identification and analysis, evaluation of deductive and inductive reasoning, recognition of common fallacies, and the construction of good arguments.

     

  • PHIL/INST 2329 Course PHIL/INST 2329: Sexual Ethics (3)
    • This course introduces students to the myriad ways in which social relations and sexual identities influence ethical judgments regarding various sexual practices and attitudes. Topics include the role of sexuality in human life and its relation to love and to marriage, the historical emergence of forms of sexual desire (“sexualities” and the categories of sexual orientation), the meaning and value of sexual freedom and sexual consent, sexual objectification and commodification, sexual subcultures and communities, and the intersection of sexuality with other forms of identity (race, class, gender, religion, ability, etc).

     

  • INST 3128 Course INST 3128: Gender and Sexuality (3)
    • This course introduces students to the academic study of gender and sexuality. Drawing on multiple disciplines such as communications, criminal justice, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, and sociology, students will examine multiple frameworks for thinking about gender and sexuality, their intersections with other social categories such as race, class, religion, and disability, and their differences across various social and cultural contexts.

     

  • PHIL 3268 Course PHIL 3268: Marxism (3)
    • This course introduces students to the conceptual foundations of Marxist thought and explores the continuing relevance of those ideas for contemporary social issues, such as the economic crisis, globalization, climate change, war, racism, gender relations, immigration, etc.

     

  • PHIL 3548 Course PHIL 3548: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
    • This course introduces students the study of human identity and difference. This involves a critical examination of concepts such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and bodily difference. It helps students think critically about their own social locations, their power and privilege, and what effects these have on their academic, social, and vocational contexts.

     

  • PHIL 4410 Course PHIL 4410: Philosophy of Law (3)
    • This course examines various theories of the nature of law, e.g., natural law, legal positivism, legal realism. Controversies in contemporary law will also be studied, such as the legislation of morality, sex- and race-based discrimination, the justification of punishment, etc.

     

  • PHIL 4420 Course PHIL 4420: Social and Political Philosophy (3)
    • This course introduces students to classical and contemporary theories of the nature of social and political life. Topics include the nature, purpose, and ideal form of government, the proper relationship between the individual, community, and state, an examination of concepts such as justice, rights, equality, liberty, and/or a comparison of political ideologies such as socialism, liberalism, and conservatism.