Course descriptions

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151. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 hrs. An introduction to the methods and major themes of philosophy (CC 2113, 2153)

171. Ethics and Good Living. 3 hrs. An exploration of the role of ethics in achieving a good life; includes reflection on self-interest, moral rules, concern for others and integrity

253. Logic. 3 hrs. The development of critical thinking and argumentative skills utilizing informal and formal logical techniques (CC 2713)

300. Business Ethics. 3 hrs. A philosophical exploration of how to recognize, analyze, and implement ethical decisions within the multivalued contexts of the various fields of business; may not be taken as a substitute for PHI 151

301. Philosophy and Film. 3 hrs. This course examines a variety of philosophical topics through both classic readings in philosophy and the medium of film.

316. Philosophy of Science. 3 hrs. An introduction to the study of scientific method, the nature of science, and the relationship of science to other academic disciplines and to culture at large

333. Philosophy of Love and Sexuality. 3 hrs. Introduction to the philosophy of love and sexuality via classic texts by philosophers, poets and psychologists

353. Study of a Major Philosopher. 3 hrs. May be repeated for credit to a total of nine hours; a detailed examination of a selected philosopher

351. Critical Thinking. 3 hrs. Various topics relevant to developing good reasoning skills.

356. Ethics. 3 hrs. An examination of classical and contemporary moral theory

372. Philosophy of Religion. 3 hrs. An examination of classical problems in philosophical theology

406. Philosophy of Human Nature. 3 hrs. A philosophical consideration of the nature of human consciousness including philosophical anthropology, philosophical psychology and cognitive science

407. Critique of Christendom. 3 hrs. This course will focus on the very different critiques of Christianity and Christendom advanced by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Freud

410. Classical Philosophy. 3 hrs. An outline survey of Greek philosophical thought

411. Philosophy of Music. 3 hrs. This class examines traditional and contemporary philosophical answers to two questions: What is music? and Why does it matter?

412. Modern Philosophy. 3 hrs. Survey of 17th and 18th century European philosophy

420. Metaphysics. 3 hrs. Analysis of classical and contemporary problems in metaphysics

436. Aesthetics. 3 hrs. Philosophical analysis of theories of art and beauty

440. American Philosophy. 3 hrs. Survey of the development of philosophy in America and major American philosophers

450. Existentialism and Phenomenology. 3 hrs. An examination of the central themes in contemporary European existentialism and phenomenology

451. Political Philosophy. 3 hrs. A study of the major schools of political philosophy from classical to contemporary times

452. Health Care Ethics. 3 hrs. A study of the moral dimensions of health care practice, choices confronting professionals and patients, and the role of health care in society

453. Philosophy of Law. 3 hrs. An inquiry into theories of law

457. Environmental Ethics. 3 hrs. An examination of human responsibilities for nature; the impact of civilization on the natural world; formulation of ethical principles and policies

458. Symbolic Logic. 3 hrs. A study of the basic theory and operations of the propositional calculus, quantification and the logic of relations

460. Contemporary Philosophical Issues. 3 hrs. An examination of the central themes in contemporary philosophy; may be taken for a total of nine hours.

462. Evil. 3 hrs. This course examines wrong- and evil-doing. A taxonomy of wrongdoing is established. Evil-doing, which is extraordinary wrongdoing, is examined in its various forms.

480. Philosophical Discourse. 3 hrs. A capstone course for philosophy majors, focusing on preparing and presenting philosophic work and engaging in public discussion of philosophical ideas

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. A study of a philosophical issue to be approved by the department chairman; may be taken for a total of nine hours (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in PHI 492H.)

499. Philosophical Study Abroad. 3-6 hrs



The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)