Simone de Beauvoir
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Thematic Sequences

The Philosophy Department offers 3 Thematic Sequences: 

PHL 1: Ethics

This thematic sequence is a good option for students interested in ethics or who are considering careers in any field where ethics is of paramount importance (e.g. medicine, law, business, public policy). To obtain this thematic sequence, students must complete:

One of the following: PHL 131 - Problems of Moral and Social Values (3) PHL 103 - Society and the Individual (3) PHL 105 - Introduction to Ethics (3)

Two of the following:  PHL 311 - Ethical Theory (4) PHL 312 - Contemporary Moral Problems (4) PHL 331 - Political Philosophy (3) PHL 355 - Feminist Theory (3) PHL 360.A - Confronting Death (4) PHL 375 - Moral Issues in Health Care (4) PHL 376 - Environmental Philosophy (4) PHL 394 - Existentialism (3)

PHL 4: Metaphysics and Epistemology

This thematic sequence is a good choice for students interested in the fundamental principles underlying knowledge and reality. It is well suited for students considering careers that require abstract thought (e.g. careers in economics, mathematics, computer science, physics, or theology). To obtain this thematic sequence students must complete:

PHL 104 - Purpose and Chance in the Universe (3) or PHL 105 Theories of Human Nature (MPF) (3)

PHL 221 - Problems of Metaphysics and Knowledge (3)

PHL 301 - Ancient Philosophy (4) or PHL 302 - Modern Philosophy (4)

PHL 5: Reasoning

This thematic sequence is a good option for students who would like to develop their argumentative and analytical reasoning skills. It is well suited for students considering careers in law or politics.  To obtain this thematic sequence, students must complete all three of the following:

PHL 273 - Formal Logic (MPF) (4)

PHL 263 - Informal Logic (4)

PHL 373 - Symbolic Logic (4)

Further information and sign-up forms for each of these sequences is available from Ms. Stephanie Bowker, 212 Hall Auditorium, the Philosophy Department Office.