Course Descriptions

Philosophy


PHI 100
Introduction to Critical Thinking
3 credits

This introductory course challenges students with the question: "Why do you think the way you do?" It gives practical consideration to overcoming thinking errors, developing ethical thought, and applying career-specific principles of effective critical thinking to real-life situations.


PHI 101
Introduction to Philosophy
3 credits

This course offers students a broad survey of philosophical thought from ancient to modern times. Emphasis is placed on western writers, along with some mention of important Asian and modern philosophers.


PHI 221
Meditation and Creative Thought
3 credits

This course examines meditation and the processes of creative thought. Emphasis is placed on developing positive concepts of self and others. Practical exercises in perception, techniques of positive thinking, and increasing powers of awareness are stressed.


PHI 301
Philosophy of Love
3 credits

This course is a survey of representative thinking on several types of love. Consideration will be given to affection, friendship, eros, charity, and agape.


PHI 302
Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science
3 credits

This course is an introduction to ethics and values with emphasis on contemporary society and professional issues.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or SOC 101


PHI 305
Symbolic Logic
3 credits

This course is a study of the principles of valid inference and their application to reasoning in everyday life in the sciences. Topics considered are syllogism and other types of formal reasoning, the nature of proof, the detection of fallacies, and an introduction to the logic of scientific methods. Contemporary developments in symbolic logic are examined as well.


PHI 310
Critical Thinking
3 credits

This course is designed to help students develop their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. They will learn how to think critically and apply this thinking to a wide range of topics, including politics, media, culture, and entertainment. Students will learn to respond in speaking and writing that exhibits structured critical thinking.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


PHI 311
Building Brain Power
3 credits

This course seeks to unlock the individual’s creative potential, both personally and professionally. Creativity is typically ascribed to the outstandingly gifted and, most notably, artists. Therefore, many assume they cannot be creative unless they were born especially talented. However, research indicates that creative skills can be taught and developed. Considering the magnitude and complexity of problems facing contemporary society, fostering the understanding and growth of creative potential has become a crucial agenda. This course is equivalent to HUM 310.


PHI 314
Ethics for Computer Professionals
3 credits

The theory and practice of ethics for computer professionals are examined. The primary goal of the course is to study the basis for ethical decision making and the methodology for reaching ethical decisions. Ethical issues related to the design, implementation, application, and protection of computer and information systems are explored. Emphasis is placed on the technical and administrative aspects of computer and Internet crimes, safeguards and security, privacy, confidentiality, and data integrity.

Prerequisite(s): BCS206


PHI 321
Peace: An Alternative
3 credits

This course introduces students to writers who advocate non-violence as a viable technique for resolving conflict among individuals and nations. It also introduces students to eight methods of conflict resolution and five commonly used, but unsuccessful, techniques for resolving conflict.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


PHI 322
Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
3 credits

This course introduces students to writers who advocate non-violence as a viable technique for resolving conflict among individuals and nations. It also introduces students to eight methods of conflict resolution and five commonly used, but unsuccessful, techniques for resolving conflict. This course is equivalent to PHI 321

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


PHI 325
Empowerment Strategies
3 credits

This course offers strategies for seeing possibilities in situations, ways of changing perspectives, evaluating opportunities, and discovering the power within you to change your attitudes, your work, your relationships, and your life for the better. This course is equivalent to HUM 325.