Department of Humanities and Philosophy

Jeff Andersen, Department Chair
Noel Brown, Rick Davis, Jason Flora, Rod Matson, Brian Merrill, Vaughn Stephenson
Vicki Nye, Secretary (208) 356-1279

For information on Humanities courses, refer to the Humanities section of the catalog.

Philosophy minor at BYU-Idaho

A minor in philosophy is an excellent preparation for professional and graduate education and for careers in business and industry. Philosophy will prepare students to think through complex issues and to clearly articulate and rationally defend their ideas-abilities highly valued in the world of study and work. Philosophy students also tend to excel on standardized tests like the LSAT for law school, the MCAT for medical school, and the GRE for graduate programs. Philosophy also enriches personal lives by providing a basis on which to tackle the most profound and intriguing questions about truth and meaning.

Minor in Philosophy

Requirements for the Minor

Take all of the following:

Phil 110 Introduction to Philosophy       3
Phil 205  Introduction to Logic           3
Phil 201 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy  3
Phil 202  Modern Philosophy               3
Phil 213  Ethics                          3
Phil 215  Philosophy of Religion          3
Phil 450R Topics in Philosophy            3

Total required credits                   21
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Phil 110 Introduction to Philosophy (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement
Introduction to philosophical thought through reasoning on such topics as ethics, reality, and knowledge. Practice articulating, assessing, and rationally defending positions on philosophical issues. Includes examination of major philosophical texts.

Phil 205 Introduction to Logic (3:3:0)
Informal and formal logic, including syllogistic, propositional, and first-order predicate logic, and quantification theory.

Phil 201 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement
An examination through leading texts of the historical development of western philosophy from Greek antiquity through the Middle Ages.

Phil 202 Modern Philosophy (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement
An examination through leading texts of the historical development of western philosophy from the Renaissance to the present.

Phil 213 Ethics (3:3:0)
Analysis and evaluation of major ethical theories and their application to contemporary moral issues. Emphasizes practice in moral reasoning.

Phil 215 Philosophy of Religion (3:3:0)
Introduction to reasoning on philosophical issues regarding the existence and nature of God, religious experience, faith, religious knowledge, and the religious life.

Phil 450R Topics in Philosophy (3:3:0)
Periods, figures, or topics in philosophy. May be repeated for credit.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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