Upcoming Courses

SPRING 2021 

PHIL 1002. Philosophy of Love and Sex - Dr. Sullivan 

What do truth, knowledge, ethics, and beauty have to do with love and sex? Take this class and find out!

PHIL 1102. Introduction to Philosophy (W) - Various Instructors

Fundamental skills of clear thinking that will help people reason better during communication, problem-solving, and design, particularly as these integrate scientific/engineering with social needs and values. The course will focus on clarifying goals, identifying constraints, and generating and evaluating ideas or solutions.

PHIL 1105. Critical Thinking (W) - Various Instructors

Exploration of some of the basic problems that have shaped the history of philosophy.

PHIL 2105. Deductive Logic - Various Instructors

Principles of deductive logic, both classical and symbolic, with emphasis on the use of formal logic in analysis of ordinary language discourse

PHIL 3020. Modern Philosophy - Dr. Hull (online)

An overview of European philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries, focusing on debates about knowledge and reality.

PHIL 3210. Ethical Theory - Dr. Boisvert (online, asynchronous)

Selective examination of major normative and metaethical theories that undergird our practical judgments about morally right actions and virtuous persons. Normative theories studied may include virtue ethics, deontology, consequentialism, and representative feminist theories. Metaethical theories studied may include cognitivism, expressivism, realism, and error theory.

PHIL 3230. Healthcare Ethics - Dr. Rasmussen (online, synchronous MWF 10-11:15)

Major ethical dilemmas within medical science and biology are examined to assist students to identify, analyze, and decide ethical issues in such a way that they can defend their positions to themselves and others. Issues include reproductive and genetic technology, death and dying, patient rights, and justice in distribution of healthcare benefits and burdens.

PHIL 3390. Topics: Animal Ethics - Prof. Wilson (online)

Examines ethical issues in the relationships between humans, animals and the environment, including diverse perspectives on how humans should treat animals.

PHIL 3990.001. Topics: Philosophy of Hip Hop - Dr. Sanders (online)

Philosophically examines the origins & evolution of hip hop culture via reading, watching videos, and listening to music.

PHIL 3990.002. Topics: Philosophy of Criminal Law - Prof. Wilson (online)

A philosophical examination of who are the real victims, villains, and heroes in the criminal justice system.

PHIL 3430. Mind, Cognition, and Behavior - Dr. Talsma (online)

An exploration of epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical questions concerning the mind. The main focus is on the possibility of integrating classic philosophical perspectives with contemporary research in cognitive science. Topics include: the descriptive/normative relation, the connection between philosophy and science, the plausibility of the mind and/or brain as a computational, symbol-manipulating system, including cases in which ethical consequences emerge from this orientation, and other topics such as consciousness, free will and determinism, logic and language, emotion and reasoning, and rationality.

PHIL 3620. Senior Seminar - Dr. James (online, synchronous M 5:30-8:15)

This course will thus help advanced students integrate their studies in philosophy, pursue their individual philosophical interests in more depth, and study important philosophical texts or issues that they have not yet had a chance to cover.


Major Figure: Nietzsche

PHIL 4190 | Dr. Michael Kelly | (100% online, asynchronous learning)

Friedrich Nietzsche, a 19th-century German philosopher (1844-1900), is known for his genealogical method (tracing the origins of concepts, beliefs) and controversial ideas about morality (art, etc.). How are his method and ideas interconnected in the development of his philosophy? And are they relevant today? After focusing on original texts, we'll examine some contemporary interpretations of Nietzsche.

Philosophy and Pop Culture

PHIL 4990.001 | Dr. Robin James | Wednesdays 5:30-8:15PM (100% online, including some synchronous learning)

This class is the meeting point of philosophy and media studies, pop music studies, visual culture studies, food studies, material culture studies, and other disciplines that study pop culture’s various dimensions. Though Western philosophers often like to establish philosophy’s elite status by defining it against vernacular practices, in this course we will study pop culture objects, practices, and discourses as modes of doing philosophy. Taking our cue from theorists such as W. E. B. Du BoisAlexander G. Weheliye, and Denise Ferreira da Silva, we will treat traditional philosophical text and pop cultural texts as varieties of theoretical media that can be mixed, combined, and refracted through one another. We’ll consider the philosophical question of what pop culture even is and how the category intersects with other systems of social value, and other philosophical questions as they are worked through in screen media, music, sports, fashion, etc. Students will have the opportunity to solidify their grounding in the non-philosophy discipline that studies their primary area of pop culture interest, such as one of those fields listed in the first sentence.

Indigenous Feminisms

PHIL 4990.002 | Dr. Elisabeth Paquette | Wednesdays 2:30-5:15PM (100% online, including some synchronous learning)

The course focuses on Indigenous feminist writings that both aim toward a constructive project of maintaining and respecting Indigenous ways of life, and that seek to address the detrimental consequences of U.S. and Canadian settler colonialism. We begin with a theoretical analysis of key concepts such as settler colonialism, Indigeneity, gender, and institutional racism. Using these key concepts, we then examine present-day colonial formations located through state-sponsored child and family welfare services, patterns of incarceration, high rates of sexual violence, and the displacement of Indigenous peoples from their traditional lands. Lastly, we examine state-based efforts to address the needs of Indigenous communities, and collective strategies of resistance practiced by Indigenous women.