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Course Offerings

Philosophy TENTATIVE Course Offerings 2020-2021

Notes:

  • All classes for Fall 2020 are scheduled to be taught by means of virtual distance learning.
  • Consult the schedule of classes to see actual course offerings for the upcoming term.
  • Until the schedule of classes is published, all course offerings are TENTATIVE and subject to change.
Course title
(Units) GE
SUMMER
2020
fall
2020
winter
2021
spring
2021
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (4)   Lin    
PHIL 126 Logic and Argumentative Writing (4) GE A3 Story Costigan
Caravello
Houser
McKay
Story

Bomstad
McKay

Story

Bomstad
Houser
McKay

Story

PHIL 230 PHIL Classics: Knowledge and Reality (4) GE C2 Andes
F. Fernflores

Andes
Cross
Graziano

Helms
Long

Andes
Cross
F. Fernflores

Helms
Long
Miklowitz
Wallace

Andes

Helms
Long
Miklowitz
Wallace

PHIL 231 Phil Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy (4) GE C2 Dickinson
Jenkins

Abney
Ball
R. Fernflores
Houser

Jenkins
Looper
Lynch

Ball
R. Fernflores
Houser
Looper
Scriven

Ball
Brown
Dickinson
R. Fernflores
Looper
Lynch
PHIL 241 Symbolic Logic I (4)   F. Fernflores   F. Fernflores
PHIL 285 Ethics Bowl (4)   Rentz    
PHIL 301 Philosophical Topics:
Ethics of Policing (4) GE C
      Jenkins
PHIL 309 Early Greek Philosophy Through Plato (4) GE C     Zoller  
PHIL 310 Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy (4) GE C   Brown    
PHIL 312 Medieval Philosophy (4) GE C   Dickinson    
PHIL 313 Early Modern Rationalism (4) GE C    

 

Looper
PHIL 314 Early Modern Empiricism (4) GE C   Graziano   Graziano
PHIL 315 Kant and 19th Century Philosophy (4) GE C     Miklowitz  
PHIL 317 History of Analytic Philosophy (4) GE C     Graziano  
PHIL 318 Phenomenology (4) GE C   Zoller   Houser
PHIL 319 Existentialism (4) GE C     Houser Helms
PHIL 321 Philosophy of Science (4) GE C   F. Fernflores   F. Fernflores
PHIL 322 Philosophy of Technology (4) GE C     Jenkins  
PHIL 323 Ethics, Science and Technology (4) GE C Lin Jenkins
Lin
Rentz
Sparks
Wright
Lin
Rentz
Sparks
Wright
Lin
Sparks
Wright
PHIL 327 Robot Ethics (4) GE C   Abney Abney Abney
PHIL 328 Technologies & Ethics of War (4) GE C     Jenkins  
PHIL 331 Ethics (4) GE C   Ball
Zoller
Ball
Dickinson
Ball
Dickinson
Zoller
PHIL 332 History of Ethics (4) GE C     Sparks  
PHIL 333 Political Philosophy (4) GE C     Wright Ball
PHIL 334 Philosophy of Law (4) GE C       Rentz
PHIL 335 Social Ethics (4) GE C USCP   Cross
Dickinson
Dickinson
Looper
Zoller
Cross
PHIL/WGS 336 Feminist Ethics, Gender, and Society (4) GE C USCP R.Fernflores R.Fernflores
Story
Story Story
PHIL 337 Business Ethics (4) GE C     Cross Sparks
PHIL 339 Biomedical Ethics (4) GE C Abney Abney Abney Abney
PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics (4) GE C   Scriven    
PHIL 341 Professional Ethics (4) GE C       Cross
PHIL 342 Philosophy of Religion (4) GE C   Lynch    
PHIL 343 Power, Alienation, and Political Life (4) GE C        
PHIL 350 Aesthetics (4) GE C        
PHIL 351 Philosophy of Literature (4) GE C     Helms  
PHIL 361 Indian Philosophy (4) GE C        
PHIL 362 East Asian Philosophy (4) GE C        
PHIL 369 Postmodernism (4) GE C        
PHIL 385 Advanced Ethics Bowl (2)   Rentz Rentz  
PHIL 400 Special Problems (1-4) Staff Staff Staff Staff
PHIL 411 Metaphysics (4)   Wallace Wallace Wallace
PHIL 412 Epistemology (4)   Long Long Long
PHIL 421 Philosophy of Space, Time, and Matter (4)        
PHIL 422 Philosophy of Mind (4)   Wallace    
PHIL 423 Philosophy of Language (4)     R. Fernflores  
PHIL 429 Special Topics in the History of Philosophy:
Kierkegaard (4)
  Helms    
PHIL 429 Special Topics in the History of Philosophy:
History of Women in Philosophy (4)
    R. Fernflores  
PHIL 429 Special Topics in the History of Philosophy:
TBD (4)
      Miklowitz
PHIL 439 Selected Problems in Ethics and Political Philosophy:
Epistemic Injustice (4)
    F. Fernflores  
PHIL 449

Selected Topics in Recent Philosophy:
Japanese Phenomenology (4)

      Zoller
PHIL 459 Senior Project Preparation (1 Activity) Brown Brown Brown Brown
PHIL 460 Senior Project I (1) Brown Brown Brown Brown
PHIL 461 Senior Project II (2) Brown Brown Brown Brown
PHIL 470 Selected Advanced Topics (1-4)        

Religious Studies TENTATIVE Course Offerings 2020-2021

Notes:

  • All classes for Fall 2020 are scheduled to be taught by means of virtual distance learning.
  • Consult the schedule of classes to see actual course offerings for the upcoming term.
  • Until the schedule of classes is published, all course offerings are TENTATIVE and subject to change.
Course title
(Units) GE
SUMMER
2020
fall
2020
winter
2021
spring
2021
RELS 201 Religion Dialogue and Society (4) GE D2 Lloyd-Moffett Lloyd-Moffett    
RELS 205 Jesus (4)        
RELS 301 Religion of Asia (4) GE C       Foxen
RELS 302 Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (4) GE C     benShea  
RELS 304 Judaism (4) GE C   benShea    
RELS 306 Hinduism (4) GE C       Foxen
RELS 307 Buddhism (4) GE C       Lynch
RELS 310 Christianity (4) GE C   Lloyd-Moffett    
RELS 311 Islam (4) GE C     Lloyd-Moffett  
RELS 344 Approaches to Religion and Spirituality (4) GE D     Lloyd-Moffett  
RELS/WGS 370 Religion, Gender, and Society (4) GE C USCP Foxen Foxen Foxen  
RELS 372 Spiritual Extremism (4) GE C        
RELS 374 Religion and Violence (4) GE C   benShea benShea benShea
RELS 378 Religion and Contemporary Values (4) GE C       benShea
RELS/POLS 380 Religion and Politics in Israeli Palestinian Conflict (4)        
RELS 400 Special Problems (1-4) Staff Staff Staff Staff
RELS 470 Selected Advanced Topics (1-4)        

Course Offerings 2019-2020

Notes:

  • All classes in Spring 2020 were taught by means of virtual distance learning.
  • Instructors listed alphabetically.
Course title fall 2019 winter 2019 spring 2020 instructor
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (4) X     Lin
PHIL 126 Logic and Argumentative Writing (4) GE A3 X X X Bomstad/McKay/Story
PHIL 230 PHIL Classics: Knowledge and Reality (4) GE C2 X X X

Andes/Cross/F. Fernflores/Graziano/

Helms/Long/Miklowitz

PHIL 231 Phil Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy (4) GE C2 X X X

Abney/Ball/R. Fernflores/Houser/

Jenkins/Linsenbard/Lynch/Scriven

PHIL 241 Symbolic Logic I (4) X   X F. Fernflores
PHIL 285 Ethics Bowl (4)

X

    Zoller
PHIL 301 Philosophical Topics (4) GE C4:
Lucretius and Epicureanism
    X Brown
PHIL 309 Early Greek Philosophy Through Plato (4) GE C4     X Looper
PHIL 310 Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy (4) GE C4 X     Brown
PHIL 312 Medieval Philosophy (4) GE C4 X     Dickinson
PHIL 313 Early Modern Rationalism (4) GE C4  

X

  Looper
PHIL 314 Early Modern Empiricism (4) GE C4 X   X Graziano
PHIL 315 Kant and 19th Century Philosophy (4) GE C4    X   Miklowitz
PHIL 317 History of Analytic Philosophy (4) GE C4   X   Graziano
PHIL 318 Phenomenology (4) GE C4 X    

Houser

PHIL 319 Existentialism (4) GE C4   X X Houser/Helms
PHIL 321 Philosophy of Science (4) GE C4 X   X F. Fernflores
PHIL 322 Philosophy of Technology (4) GE C4       Jenkins
PHIL 323 Ethics, Science and Technology (4) GE C4 X X X Jenkins/Lin/Rentz
PHIL 327 Robot Ethics (4) GE C4   X   Abney
PHIL 328 Technologies & Ethics of War (4) GE C4   X   Jenkins
PHIL 331 Ethics (4) GE C4 X X X Ball/Dickinson/Zoller
PHIL 332 History of Ethics (4) GE C4        
PHIL 333 Political Philosophy (4) GE C4     X Looper
PHIL 334 Philosophy of Law (4) GE C4     X Rentz
PHIL 335 Social Ethics (4) GE C4 USCP X X X Cross/Dickinson/Looper/Zoller
PHIL/WGS 336 Feminist Ethics, Gender, and Society (4) GE C4 USCP X X X R.Fernflores/Linsenbard/Story
PHIL 337 Business Ethics (4) GE C4   X   Cross
PHIL 339 Biomedical Ethics (4) GE C4 X   X Abney
PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics (4) GE C4 X     Scriven
PHIL 341 Professional Ethics (4) GE C4     X Cross
PHIL 342 Philosophy of Religion (4) GE C4   X   Lynch
PHIL 343 Power, Alienation, and Political Life (4) GE C4   X   Zoller
PHIL 350 Aesthetics (4) GE C4 X     Helms
PHIL 351 Philosophy of Literature (4) GE C4        
PHIL 361 Indian Philosophy (4) GE C4   X  

Foxen

PHIL 362 East Asian Philosophy (4) GE C4     X Lynch
PHIL 369 Postmodernism (4) GE C4        
PHIL 385 Advanced Ethics Bowl (2) X X   Zoller
PHIL 400 Special Problems (1-4) X X X Staff
PHIL 411 Metaphysics (4)   X   Long
PHIL 412 Epistemology (4) X   X Long
PHIL 421 Philosophy of Space, Time, and Matter (4)        
PHIL 422 Philosophy of Mind (4) X     Lynch
PHIL 423 Philosophy of Language (4)   X   R. Fernflores
PHIL 429 Special Topics in the History of Philosophy:
Schopenhauer (4)
    X Miklowitz
PHIL 439 Selected Problems in Ethics and Political Philosophy:
Philosophy of Fascism (4)
X    

Jenkins

PHIL 449

Selected Topics in Recent Philosophy:
Advanced Logic (4)

  X   F. Fernflores
PHIL 449 Selected Topics in Recent Philosophy:
Epistemology of Religious Belief (4)
    X Long
PHIL 459 Senior Project Preparation (1 Activity) X X X Brown
PHIL 460 Senior Project I (1) X X X Brown
PHIL 461 Senior Project II (2) X X X Brown
PHIL 470 Selected Advanced Topics (1-4)        


Religious Studies

RELS 201 Religion Dialogue and Society (4) GE D3 X     Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 205 Jesus (4)     X Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 301 Religion of Asia (4) GE C4       Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 302 Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (4) GE C4   X   benShea
RELS 304 Judaism (4) GE C4 X     benShea
RELS 306 Hinduism (4) GE C4   X   Lloyd-Moffett/Foxen
RELS 307 Buddhism (4) GE C4       Lynch
RELS 310 Christianity (4) GE C4 X     Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 311 Islam (4) GE C4       Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 344 Approaches to Religion and Spirituality (4) GE D5   X   Lloyd-Moffett
RELS/WGS 370 Religion, Gender, and Society (4) GE C4 USCP X   X Foxen
RELS 372 Spiritual Extremism (4) GE C4     X Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 374 Religion and Violence (4) GE C4 X X X benShea
RELS 376 Religion, Science and Technology (4) GE F       Foxen
RELS 378 Religion and Contemporary Values (4) GE C4     X benShea
RELS/POLS 380 Religion and Politics in Israeli Palestinian Conflict (4)   X   Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 400 Special Problems (1-4) X X X Staff
RELS 470 Selected Advanced Topics (1-4)     X Lloyd-Moffett

Course Offerings 2018-19:

Course title fall 2018 winter 2019 spring 2019 instructor
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (4) X     Lin
PHIL 126 Logic and Argumentative Writing (4) GE A3 X X X Abney/Bomstad/McKay
PHIL 230 PHIL Classics: Knowledge and Reality (4) GE C2 X X X Staff
PHIL 231 Phil Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy (4) GE C2 X X X Staff
PHIL 241 Symbolic Logic I (4) X   X F. Fernflores
PHIL 285 Ethics Bowl (4)

X

    Zoller
PHIL 309 Early Greek Philosophy Through Plato (4) GE C4   X   Zoller
PHIL 310 Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy (4) GE C4 X     Brown
PHIL 312 Medieval Philosophy (4) GE C4 X     Dickinson
PHIL 313 Early Modern Rationalism (4) GE C4  

X

  Brown
PHIL 314 Early Modern Empiricism (4) GE C4   X X Graziano
PHIL 315 Kant and 19th Century Philosophy (4) GE C4    X   Miklowitz
PHIL 317 History of Analytic Philosophy (4) GE C4 X   X Brown/Graziano
PHIL 318 Phenomenology (4) GE C4     X

Houser

PHIL 319 Existentialism (4) GE C4     X Houser
PHIL 320 Asian Philosophy (4) GE C4        
PHIL 321 Philosophy of Science (4) GE C4 X   X F. Fernflores
PHIL 322 Philosophy of Technology (4) GE C4 X     Jenkins
PHIL 323 Ethics, Science and Technology (4) GE C4 X X X Jenkins/Lin
PHIL 327 Robot Ethics (4) GE C4   X   Abney
PHIL 328 Technologies & Ethics of War (4) GE C4   X   Jenkins
PHIL 331 Ethics (4) GE C4 X X X Ball/Zoller
PHIL 332 History of Ethics (4) GE C4        
PHIL 333 Political Philosophy (4) GE C4   X X Ball/Rentz
PHIL 334 Philosophy of Law (4) GE C4 X   X Rentz
PHIL 335 Social Ethics (4) GE C4 USCP X X X Cross/Dickinson/Zoller
PHIL/WGS 336 Feminist Ethics, Gender, and Society (4) GE C4 USCP X   X R.Fernflores
PHIL 337 Business Ethics (4) GE C4   X   Cross
PHIL 339 Biomedical Ethics (4) GE C4 X   X Abney
PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics (4) GE C4     X Jenkins
PHIL 341 Professional Ethics (4) GE C4   X   Cross
PHIL 342 Philosophy of Religion (4) GE C4   X   Lynch
PHIL 343 Continental Political Philosophy (4) GE C4        
PHIL 350 Aesthetics (4) GE C4        
PHIL 351 Philosophy of Literature (4)GE C4        
PHIL 369 Postmodernism (4) GE C4        
PHIL 385 Advanced Ethics Bowl (2) X X   Zoller
PHIL 400 Special Problems (1-4) X X X Staff
PHIL 411 Metaphysics (4) X   X Long
PHIL 412 Epistemology (4)   X   Long
PHIL 421 Philosophy of Space, Time, and Matter (4)   X   F. Fernflores
PHIL 422 Philosophy of Mind (4) X     Lynch
PHIL 423 Philosophy of Language (4)   X   R. Fernflores
PHIL 429 Special Topics in the History of Philosophy:
Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
    X Miklowitz
PHIL 439 Selected Problems in Ethics and Political Philosophy (4):
Philosophy of Conservatism
X    

Scriven

PHIL 449 Selected Topics in Recent Philosophy (4)        
PHIL 460 Senior Project I (2) X X X Brown
PHIL 461 Senior Project II (2) X X X Brown
PHIL 470 Selected Advanced Topics (1-4)        


Religious Studies

RELS 201 Religion Dialogue and Society (4) GE D3 X     Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 205 Jesus (4)       Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 301 Religion of Asia (4) GE C4     X Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 302 Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (4) GE C4   X   benShea
RELS 304 Judaism (4) GE C4 X     benShea
RELS 306 Hinduism (4) GE C4     X Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 307 Buddhism (4) GE C4     X Lynch
RELS 310 Christianity (4) GE C4 X     Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 311 Islam (4) GE C4   X   Lloyd-Moffett
RELS 344 Approaches to Religion and Spirituality (4) GE D5   X   Lloyd-Moffett
RELS/WGS 370 Religion, Gender, and Society (4) GE C4 USCP   X X Foxen
RELS 372 Spiritual Extremism (4) GE C4        
RELS 374 Religion and Violence (4) GE C4 X X X benShea
RELS 376 Religion, Science and Technology (4) GE F   X   Foxen
RELS 378 Religion and Contemporary Values (4) GE C4     X benShea
RELS/POLS 380 Religion and Politics in Israeli Palestinian Conflict (4)        
RELS 400 Special Problems (1-4) X X X Staff
RELS 470 Selected Advanced Topics (1-4):
The Spirituality of the Earth and Vine
      Lloyd-Moffett


 

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