Philosophy

Boris DeWiel, Associate Professor, and Coordinating Committee Chair
Paul Bowles, Professor (Economics)
Kevin Hutchings, Professor (English)
Jacqueline Holler, Associate Professor (Women’s Studies, History)
John Young, Associate Professor

Philosophy is the oldest academic discipline taught at a university.  From a functional point of view, philosophy is synonymous with critical thinking. From a formal point of view, it is a body of knowledge answering three questions:  what is it (ontology)?; what good is it (axiology)?; and, how do you know it (epistemology)?
Minor in Philosophy

A minor in philosophy requires students to take PHIL 205-3 or POLS 270-3 and PHIL 305-3 or POLS 370-3 in addition to 12 credit hours chosen from courses listed below for a total of 18 credit hours.   At least 12 credit hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.

A maximum of four courses (12 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in Philosophy.
Required
PHIL 205-3Introduction to the History of Philosophy
   or POLS 270-3Political Philosophy: Antiquity to Early Modernity
History of Philosophy: Early Modernity to Post-Modernity
     or POLS 370-3
Political Philosophy: Early Modernity to Post-Modernity

Four of the following:
ANTH 401-3 Anthropological Perspectives on Inequality
ANTH 405-3Landscapes, Place and Culture
ANTH 406-3Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology
COMM 332-3Business and Professional Ethics
CPSC 141-3Discrete Computational Mathematics
ENGL 200-3Gender and Literary Theory
ENGL 300-3Theory
ENGL 400-3Contemporary Theory
ENVS 414-3Environmental and Professional Ethics
FNST 303-3First Nations Religion and Philosophy
FNST 304-3Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
HIST 300-3Historiography:  The Nature of the Historical Discipline
HIST 311-3 History of Feminism
or    WMST 311-3 History of Feminism
MATH 224-3 Foundations of Modern Mathematics
Critical Thinking 
Philosophy of Science 
Comparative Religion 
Philosophy of Mind
     or PSYC 202-3
Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 302-3 
Philosophy of Religion
Moral Philosophy
     or POLS 317-3
Moral Philosophy
PHIL 400-3 Classics in Philosophy
PHIL 472-3 Philosophy Research Seminar
Classics in Political Philosophy
POLS 413-3 Democracy and Diversity
POLS 427-3 Ethics and Public Affairs
Seminar in Political Philosophy
Contemporary Feminist Theories