- Mind, Knowledge and Reality
An introduction to the main metaphysical and epistemological theories of philosophy. Issues addressed include the existence of God, the problem of evil, the mind-body problem, knowledge and skepticism, and personal identity and resurrection. (4 credits)(NWCore option under Belief and Reason) (Writing Intensive)
- Reason and Christian Faith
(4 credits; alternate year, consult department)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to some of the main philosophical problems faced by Christians. Possible topics include apologetics, arguments for and against the existence of God, the attributes of God, the problem of evil, and the relationship between faith and reason.
- Introduction to Political Philosophy
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(NWCore option under Belief and Reason) This course introduces the student to philosophy by means of an examination of the main questions of social and political theory. It examines such matters as the justification and purpose of government, anarchism, justice, equality, and human rights. Cross-referenced in political science.
- Contemporary Moral Issues
A philosophical exploration of contemporary moral issues. Possible topics include self-defense, war, terrorism, capital punishment, suicide, euthanasia, global poverty, factory farming and experimenting on animals, abortion, and others. (4 credits)(NWCore option under Belief and Reason) (Writing Intensive)
- Philosophy and Science Fiction
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to some central philosophical problems through the medium of science fiction.
- Great Philosophers
An introduction to philosophy through the work of several influential figures in the history of philosophy. (4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)(IGE option under Belief and Reason) (Writing intensive)
- C.S. Lewis
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An exploration of the philosophical themes found in the writings of C.S. Lewis, with some consideration of his place in the writing group known as the Inklings.
- Special Topics
A study of special topics in philosophy which are not adequately covered in other courses as a response to student or faculty needs or interests.(2 or 4 credits, non- yearly, consult department)
- History of Political Thought
(4 credits)(Writing intensive) A survey of the history of Western political thought, through study of selected major thinkers in the tradition. Emphasis will be placed both on each thinker's political theory and how it fits in with the broader history of Western political thought.
- Directed Study