Course Descriptions



Introduction to Philosophy

Credit(s): 3

This course is the discovery and exploration of major intellectual problems of humankind through methods of questioning, analysis, synthesis, and critique. It emphasizes developing a world view and higher order reasoning skills through consideration of such issues as the nature of time and physical reality, mind and consciousness, free will, evil, truth, ethics, and the nature and existence of God. This course is for students interested in the meaning of life and the implications of modern science for understanding our world. It fulfills an arts and humanities requirement for the A.S. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week



Credit(s): 3

Ethics is the investigation and discussion of personal, social, and professional moral issues and the principles and thinking skills used for their resolution. Emphasis is on the development and application of reasoning skills for decision making in the moral domain. This course provides awareness, sensitivity, insights, and skills essential to the success and moral integrity of the person in today's morally complex world. It fulfills an arts and humanities requirement for the A.S. and A.A. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week


World Religions

Credit(s): 3

World Religions presents an overview of the historical and cultural settings, main beliefs, and practices of American Indian indigenous spirituality, of the great Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism) and of the Western religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Attention is given to similarities and differences in concepts of humanity and in relationship to society, nature, and the divine. This course is for students interested in humankind's religious heritage and cultures of other parts of the world. It fulfills the cultural diversity requirement for the A.A. degree and an arts and humanities requirement for the A.S. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Logic and Critical Thinking

Credit(s): 3

PHIL 201 is a general introduction to the reasoning skills and psychological approaches used for effective decision making, problem solving, and argument analysis and evaluation. This course provides instruction in skills essential to success in everyday life, citizenship, and as a professional in any career. It fulfills the critical thinking requirement for the A.A. degree and an arts and humanities requirement for A.S. degree. Lecture: 3 hours each week


Political and Social Philosophy

Credit(s): 3

This class will examine some of the fundamental questions that have shaped Western political thought since its inception in fifth century B.C. Athens, together with some of the most influential answers that political theorists since then have proposed. Some of the issues we will be addressing include the essential characteristics of human nature and the good society, the relationship between the individual and society, and the fundamental dynamics of political change. The questions associated with these issues include: Is human nature essentially spirit or matter? Is human nature fixed or malleable? Is it innately violent and aggressive or nonviolent and cooperative? What is the relationship of individual freedom to social and political authority? What constitutes legitimate political authority? Are there inexorable laws of history that produce change? Are humans fundamentally equal or unequal? We will also investigate the timeless theme of idealism and realism in political philosophy on the national and on the international level. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Asian Philosophy

Credit(s): 3

This course will examine the major Asian philosophical traditions of India, China and Japan with a focus on the epistemological, political, and ethical issues the characterize each of these traditions. Students will study Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Yoga as well as become familiar with contemporary Asian philosophical spokespersons such as Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo, and Lin Yutang. This class will transfer as an elective but students are always encouraged to contact their transfer institution for articulation details. Lecture: 3 hours per week