Philosophy (Liberal Studies)

Philosophy (Liberal Studies)

Rose State College Humanities Division is excited to announce a new degree option in Philosophy which began in the Fall 2014 semester.

Philosophy majors develop acute critical reasoning skills, creative problem solving skills, the ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of positions and arguments, and the capacity to operate at a level of analysis that others find difficult.  This program equips students who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate work in philosophy, law, political science, religious studies, ministry, or the humanities.

Program Goal

The goal of the Philosophy Option of the Liberal Studies Associate in Arts degree is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a degree in philosophy. This degree program also provides excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue further education in the areas of law, ministry, or any graduate program requiring a strong background in critical thinking and the history of ideas.

Program Objectives

Students who complete this program will have the ability to

  • Employ the philosophical principles of rational thought to construct logical, insightful, clear, and effective arguments.
  • Combine analytical skills and philosophical ideology to evaluate the complex discourse of others.
  • Use knowledge of philosophical theories to employ contemporary problems in areas such as metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political theory, and religion.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the history of ideas and intellectual movements in Western culture and how those ideas fit into a larger global framework of philosophical movements.
  • Use the critical thinking and logic skills integral to philosophy to more openly explore the worldviews of others in order to construct a more meaningful worldview for themselves.

Degree Requirements (PDF)

Philosophy Courses

PHIL 1103 Introduction to Philosophy

This course investigates the nature of humanity, our understanding of the world, and the ways in which we make ethical decisions. The course will include a general introduction to major areas of philosophical studies, including, but not limited to, metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. The major emphasis will be on Western philosophy; however, other traditions will be introduced. This course may be taken as Humanities credit for General Education requirements. Prerequisite: READ 1213 or equivalent

PHIL 1203 Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science

This course surveys the history and philosophy of Western civilization from the perspective of developments in science and scientific thinking. This course may be taken as Humanities credit for General Education Requirements. Prerequisite: READ 1213 or equivalent

PHIL 2103 Social and Political Philosophy

This course discusses major alternatives for social and political systems. Traced and discussed is the development of such topics as the rights of individuals, the responsibilities of a citizenry to the state, and the relative strengths of different forms of government and social organizations. May be taken as Humanities credit for General Education requirements. Prerequisite: READ 1213 or equivalent

PHIL 2113 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

This course directs attention to the difference between correct and incorrect reasoning, with particular emphasis on how people reason badly in popular culture, the media, and everyday life. The course is predominantly concerned with deduction, although segments are also included on informal fallacies, induction, and the uses of language in argument. May be taken as Humanities credit for General Education requirements. Prerequisite: READ 1213 OR equivalent

PHIL 2203 Religious Philosophy of the World

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the important religious philosophies of the Eastern and Western world, to open their minds to the vital meanings found within each religious tradition, and to provide a knowledgeable basis for their own religious convictions. This course may be taken as Humanities credit for General Education requirements. Prerequisite: READ 1213 or equivalent

PHIL 2303 Introduction to Ethics

This course will familiarize students with the historical development of many of the major moral philosophies of the word so that those students will have a more knowledgeable foundation for their own ethical convictions. The Western tradition is examined extensively, as well as other moral systems such as the Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, African and Islamic traditions. May be taken as Humanities credit for General Education requirements. Prerequisite: READ 1213 or equivalent

PHIL 2502 Philosophy Capstone Course

The Philosophy Capstone course evaluates and strengthens the critical reasoning skills and understanding of philosophical theory in students seeking an associate's degree in philosophy or intending to transfer to a four-year program. This is a required course for students graduating with a Liberal Studies Associate in Arts - Philosophy option degree.  Prerequisite: Completion of at least nine hours of program requirements in Philosophy

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