Not open to students pursuing a major in Philosophy.
Upon successful completion of this minor, the student will be able to:
- Reflect upon the love of wisdom, what inclines people to seek it, and to analyze what it is the philosopher does in the pursuit of truth.
- Analyze a variety of traditional and non-traditional ethical theories.
- Gain basic competence in the following forms of reasoning: informal logic, syllogistic logic, propositional logic, predicate logic, and inductive logic.
- Define key trends in the development of western thought.
- Interpret how Western philosophers and their ideas have shaped the development of political, social and economic systems.
- Relate current Western views of the world to their underpinnings in early writings and philosophies.
- Differentiate between the influences of ancient Judaism, Greece, Rome, and Christian thinking on Western thought.
- Analyze the differing philosophies in terms of how they conflict or complement one another.