Course Descriptions


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 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 mindfulness, techniques of positive thinking, and increasing powers of awareness are stressed.

PHI 300
Ethics for Life
3 credits

This course will focus on the issue of ethical behavior in contemporary life.  How does one determine what conduct is right?  How should one behave toward other people? Is there a “good life” for humans? How does one decide on the moral correctness of social issues? To address these questions, this course will challenge students to move beyond ethical relativism and consider more principled approaches to moral reasoning with the goal of improving their ability to make real-life, moral decisions. Students will gain broad exposure to major ethical philosophies and critically examine and compare these and other ethics-related influences, including religion, in the context of relevant contemporary issues.

PHI 301
Philosophy of Love
3 credits

This course provides an in-depth exploration of love, one of the most powerful and least understood motivators of human behavior. Through a rational examination of the subject, students will consider western and eastern philosophical views of love and learn how to distinguish different types of love. Students will also be challenged to articulate their own philosophy of love and how it impacts relationships in all areas of life, including romance, friendship, family, community, and society.

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 310
The Art of Rational Thinking
3 credits

This course is designed to build a better understanding of good thinking by exploring six intellectual virtues:  curiosity, perseverance, empathy, humility, courage, and fair-mindedness.  Students will apply these traits in a variety of ways with the goal of becoming better thinkers and decision makers. 

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

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.

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): CTA 206 or CTA 210 or equivalent

PHI 322
Resolving Interpersonal Conflict
3 credits

This course introduces students to some foundational principles and essential skills for reaching wise, efficient agreements with the goal of improving interpersonal relationships. It also introduces students to eight methods of conflict resolution and five commonly used, but unsuccessful, techniques for resolving conflict.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

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.