Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – Philosophy and Religion Course Descriptions

PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits – This course is an investigation of some of the fundamental problems of human existence--human nature, the nature of reality, how and what we know, the existence of God, ethical behavior, justice, and freedom. This will be undertaken through readings and discussions of major philosophical schools of thought in Western and non-Western traditions.

Lecture Hours: 48

PHI105 Introduction to Ethics

3 credits – This course examines contemporary ethical conflicts and provides a grounding in the language, concepts, and traditions of ethics. This course provides students with the intellectual tools to analyze moral dilemmas in the fields they choose to pursue and participate in as members of society.

Lecture Hours: 48

REL101 Survey of World Religions

3 credits – This course is an introductory survey of world religions that have had major impact on world culture and civilization: Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and others. It will examine their cultural settings, sacred writings, key doctrines, central rituals, ethical values, and perspectives on gender roles.

Lecture Hours: 48

REL130 Introduction to Religions of the East

3 credits – This course is an interdisciplinary course that will explore the emergence, development, and diversification of the three cultural regions religious traditions. Student participants in this course will explore not only the basic beliefs and practices of these religions but also the ways in which they shape and are shaped by the cultures in which they are embedded. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding these religions as systems of meaning-creation.

Lecture Hours: 48

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