Philosophy and Humanistic Studies

James Munz, Ph.D., Chair
munzj@wcsu.edu
White Hall 021b, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8782
(203) 837-8526 (fax)

Carol O’Connor, Department Secretary
oconnorc@wcsu.edu
Warner Hall 304, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8474
(203) 837-8905 (fax)

Faculty

J. Munz, Chr. K. Aronson, Assoc. Chair  

Adjunct Faculty

J. Blom L. Dayley T. Flynn
M. Horton D. Kelley W. Spontak
J. Stern    

Overview

  Courses in philosophy explore some of the major areas of philosophic inquiry with reference to both historical and contemporary thought. They seek to develop analytical thinking, to explore the relationship of philosophy to other disciplines and to lay the foundation for further work in philosophy and related disciplines.
   Humanistic studies courses have an interdisciplinary structure which aims at integrating knowledge and thus counteracting the trend toward fragmentation in academic studies. This approach demonstrates that there is no one way of looking at anything and that, indeed, there may not be a best way, but only a collection of ways.

Mission

The mission of the philosophy and humanistic studies department is to provide courses for students to explore some of the major areas of philosophic inquiry with reference to both historical and contemporary thought, and to maintain an interdisciplinary structure in the humanities which aims at integrating knowledge and thus counteracting the trend toward fragmentation in academic studies.

Objectives

To accomplish this mission, the Department of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies:

  • Continues to offer our students high quality courses in problems of philosophy, ethical
    theory, logic, American philosophy, ethical issues in business, health care and the nonhuman, introduction to critical reasoning, philosophy of love, religion and science.
  • Emphasizes the development of analytical thinking and the exploration of the relationship of philosophy to other disciplines.
  • Provides the foundation for further work in philosophy and related disciplines.
  • Prepares the students with an interdisciplinary structure which demonstrates that there is no one way of looking at anything and that, indeed, there may not be a best way, but only a collection of ways.

Contract Major in Philosophy:

Contract majors are available in philosophy. Please refer to the Contract Major section of Academic Programs and Degrees in this catalog.

Minor in Philosophy

Requirements for a minor in philosophy are 18 credits selected from the following list, including at least one of PHI 100, PHI 101 or PHI 102.

PHI 103 Introduction to Critical Reasoning
PHI 110 Ethical Issues in Business
PHI 111 Ethical Issues in Health Care
PHI 112 Ethics and the Non-Human
PHI 200 Political Philosophy
PHI 202 Philosophy of Religion
PHI 210 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 212 History of Modern Philosophy
PHI 214 Existentialism
PHI 216 American Philosophy
PHI 218 Introduction to Asian Philosophy
PHI 220 Philosophies of Love
PHI 222 Philosophy of Science
PHI 224 Special Topics
PHI 226 Environmental Philosophy

Course Restrictions

For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.


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