Mission Outcomes Major Requirements Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Philosophy

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1 228 Philosophy Mission The study of philosophy is based on the recognition that all human beings are engaged in a search for meaning and values with which to interpret their experiences and give order to their lives. The raising of questions about meaning and values and the pursuit of possible answers to these questions through the study of philosophy is an essential part of a liberal arts education, for the liberally educated person wants to know not only how to make a living but what she/he is living for. Furthermore, Clarke s philosophy program advances the Catholic tradition of the college through study of Christian conceptions of God, ethics and metaphysics. For these reasons, within the liberal studies component at Clarke, philosophy is an area in itself and all students are required to take at least six hours in philosophy. In order to best serve the needs of all Clarke students, the philosophy program tries to focus attention on those philosophical areas that are of concern to all, such as the meaning of human existence, ethical theory and problems, and contemporary philosophical thought. In addition, the philosophy program seeks to supplement various professional programs by applying philosophical methods to them, particularly in the area of ethics. Outcomes Outcomes for all philosophy students are structured around what students are expected to know, do and value. Majors in philosophy must demonstrate: 1. Proficiency in each of the following outcome areas: logical thinking, values analysis, epistemological reasoning, metaphysical reasoning and research/analysis. Major Requirements For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Philosophy, a student completes 30 hours of philosophy courses including: PHIL 212 General Ethics PHIL 290 Symbolic Logic 12 hours of history of philosophy courses, including PHIL 320 Classical Philosophy PHIL 321 Medieval Philosophy PHIL 322 Renaissance and Modern Philosophy PHIL 323 Contemporary Philosophy 9 hours of philosophy electives PHIL 499 Philosophy Capstone In addition to the above, students also complete a major portfolio over the course of their philosophical studies. This portfolio will demonstrate proficiencies in various fields of the discipline, progressive learning, participation in departmental activities, engagement in service work, compilation of a

2 229 personal bibliography of philosophical works read, career preparation and submission of philosophical work for publication or presentation. Lastly, coursework in foreign language (French, German, Greek or Latin) and history are recommended for philosophy majors. Minor Requirements For a Minor in Philosophy, a student completes 21 hours of philosophy courses, including: 9 hours chosen from among the following courses: PHIL 320 Classical Philosophy OR PHIL 321 Medieval Philosophy AND PHIL 322 Renaissance and Modern Philosophy OR PHIL 323 Contemporary Philosophy AND PHIL 212 General Ethics OR PHIL 225 Applied Ethics 12 hours of philosophy electives Application to Major Application to a major may be made after a student has earned 30 or more semester hours of academic work and has successfully completed GNED Cornerstone I-II and PHIL 110 Fundamentals of Philosophy. Cooperative Education/Internships Internships that provide the student with practical application of knowledge can be individually arranged to match the needs and interests of the student with the needs and activities of coordinating businesses, organizations, law firms, or government bodies. Additionally, majors and minors may serve as peer tutors within the department for internship credit. Because of the transferable skills of philosophy, a wide range of options is possible based on a student s individual interests. Computer Literacy and Research Requirements A student majoring in philosophy fulfills the department s computer literacy requirement upon successful completion of the college s technology proficiency requirement for general education. Research is required in many philosophy courses with culminating, in-depth research occurring in PHIL 499 Philosophy Capstone. Senior Performance Requirement All majors take PHIL 499 Philosophy Capstone, ordinarily in their senior year.

3 230 Course Descriptions PHIL 110 FUNDAMENTALS OF PHILOSOPHY A general introduction to philosophy and its various fields with a focus on values. Students learn the rationale and methodologies of the discipline as well as characteristics of good versus bad arguments. Catholic contributions to the field and philosophical perspectives on BVM core values are included. This course is designated as the core foundational philosophy general education course. PHIL 200 OUR BVM AND CLARKE COLLEGE HERITAGE An exploration of the origins, history, philosophy and faith commitments of the religious congregation that founded. The class is organized chronologically, beginning with the early days in Ireland and then proceeding to the voyage to America, initial settlement in Philadelphia, the move to Dubuque, the growth and expansion of the congregation to other areas of the country, and the BVMs today. A sub-focus of the class will be the origin, growth, nature and significance of in BVM history. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course. PHIL 212 GENERAL ETHICS A study of the bases for decisions about how human beings ought to act through an examination of various ethical theories and particular moral problems. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. This course is designated as a foundational philosophy general education course. PHIL 213 WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT An historical survey of political philosophies from ancient times to the present. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 225 APPLIED ETHICS 1- An application of various ethical theories to moral problems in a given field or area, most commonly to business or biomedicine. Additional areas of application may include such subjects as the environment, the family, animal issues and sports. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. This course is designated as a foundational philosophy general education course. PHIL 230 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION A study of the existence of God, the problem of evil, the relation of faith and reason, and the meaning of religious experience. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. This course is designated as a foundational philosophy general education course. PHIL 245 PHILOSOPHY OF PEACE AND WAR A study of concepts, theories and issues broadly related to violence and nonviolence but with emphasis on alternatives to the use of violence. Specific topics include the just war theory, nuclear weapons proliferation, deterrence, human rights, Catholic social teaching, civilian-based defense and conflict resolution. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. This course is designated as a foundational philosophy general education course.

4 231 PHIL 250 ASIAN PHILOSOPHY A survey of some major non-western philosophical systems, including Chinese, Hindu and Buddhist contributions. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. This course is designated as a foundational philosophy general education course. This is an approved diversity studies course. PHIL 260 PHILOSOPHY OF SEX AND LOVE A detailed analysis of sex and love in relationship to the whole person and the individual s place in society. The course is structured from the vantage point of ethics and social philosophy. Specific topics include intimacy, non-traditional relationships, homophobia and sexual orientation. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. This course is designated as a humanities division general education course. PHIL 270 PHILOSOPHY OF WOMAN A detailed study of issues of importance to both sexes but with emphasis on the experiences, contributions and roles of women. Course content is related to the general concerns of paid labor, family, sexuality and marriage. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. This course is designated as a foundational philosophy general education course. This is an approved diversity studies course. PHIL 280 TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY CV 1- A study of a particular approach to philosophy, or a particular philosopher s thought, or a particular philosophical problem or area. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 290 SYMBOLIC LOGIC An introduction to symbolic logic, topics include logic and language, truth tables, the method of deduction, and predicate calculus. Other topics may include modal logic, deontic logic, and science and logic. A significant part of the course will involve using symbolic logic to understand and evaluate the arguments made in classic philosophical texts. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 296 PHILOSOPHY OF ART An analysis of philosophical ideas and theories as they relate to a variety of art forms. A study of the nature of the art object, the artist and the aesthetic experience. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 320 CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY A study of major Western philosophers and ideas as they occurred in ancient Greece and Rome from the Pre-Socratics through the Neo-Platonists. Emphasis is placed upon Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in terms of their theories of knowledge and being. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 321 MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY A study of major Western philosophers and ideas from the time of the early Church to the end of the 14th century. Jewish and Islamic figures are studied, as well as Christian, and theories of knowledge and being are emphasized. Prerequisite: PHIL 110.

5 232 PHIL 322 RENAISSANCE AND MODERN PHILOSOPHY A study of major European philosophers and systems of thought in the 16th through the 18th centuries, especially in terms of theories of knowledge and being. Emphasis is placed on the dynamics of the Renaissance, the opposing schools of rationalism and empiricism, and the synthesis of the divergent ideas in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 323 CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY A survey of some of the major European philosophical trends of the 19th and 20th centuries beginning with Hegel and including Marxism, phenomenology and analytic philosophy. Theories of knowledge and being receive focused treatment. Six previous hours in philosophy are recommended before taking this course. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 351 EXISTENTIALISM A study of the basic themes and sources of existentialism as well as the texts of prominent 19th and 20th century existentialists. Prerequisite: PHIL 110. PHIL 395 INTERNSHIP/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 1- Academic credit for professionally related work experience. A maximum of six semester hours may be applied toward the major or three toward the minor. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and faculty sponsor. PHIL 480 ADVANCED TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY 1- A study of a particular approach to philosophy, or a particular philosopher s thought, or a particular philosophical problem or area. The advanced topics listing is intended primarily for majors and minors in philosophy. Prerequisite: Majors, minors or consent. PHIL 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY CV An independent philosophical investigation of any approved topic under the guidance of an instructor. Prerequisite: 12 hours of philosophy, including PHIL 110. PHIL 499 PHILOSOPHY CAPSTONE This course provides a focal point for and closure to a liberal arts education within the context of the discipline of philosophy and completion of the departmental portfolio. As a departmental offering, this course focuses on discipline-specific topics and expands to include breadth of knowledge and synthesis. Capstone discussions culminate in an oral presentation and written thesis requirements. Interdisciplinary integration of knowledge and research are incorporated. General education and major outcomes are integral to course assessment. Prerequisite: Ordinarily a student must have senior standing as a philosophy major and have completed a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education.

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