School of Arts and Sciences | Philosophy
Aims and Objectives
Philosophy pursues clarity and depth of thought, critical thinking skills, and effective communication skills. These emphases place philosophy at the very center of the Ursuline Studies Program, the interdisciplinary studies that constitute the liberal arts core. An appreciation of the philosophical dimension of reality not only marks an educated person but also enhances the skills demanded by a changing business and professional world.Philosophy Fact Sheet
Majors complete 30 credit hours of philosophy including PH 205, 221 and either 260 or 350.
Minors complete 18 credit hours of philosophy including PH 205 and 221.
PH 205Logic (3)
A study of the principles of critical and creative thinking with emphasis on practical applications. Ursuline Studies Stage II Western Culture satellite (WE).PH 221 Ancient Philosophy (3)
An introduction to the history of philosophy and the origin of philosophical problems through the study of the pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle. Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO).PH 260 Bioethics (3)
An introduction to ethics and an inquiry into the major ethical problems regarding issues of life and death. Ursuline Studies Stage II Western Culture satellite (WE).PH 275 American Political Philosophy (3)
A study of the philosophical foundations of American democracy including an examination of selected classical theories of social and political thought providing the context for the development of basic American political concepts. Ursuline Studies Stage II American Culture satellite (AM).PH 325 Philosophy of the Human Person (3)
A study of the nature of the human person as a being with potential to know, choose, and relate to others. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 328 Philosophy and Psychology (3)
A study of major thinkers like Kierkegaard, Freud, Lacan, Piaget, etc., who bridge the gap between the two domains.PH 331 Social and Political Philosophy (3)
An introduction to social and political philosophy through a study of selected writings of thinkers from Plato to Marx.PH 340 Animals and Ethics (3)
A study of the various approaches to the question of how humans ought to act in relationship to nonhuman animals. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 350 Ethical Values (3)
A discussion of the principles of ethical action and application of these principles to some contemporary issues. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 355 Business Ethics (3)
A critical examination of competing ethical theories and their application to concrete practical issues in today's business environment. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 365 Existential Philosophy (3)
An examination of the existential trend in philosophy from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche to Beauvoir and Sartre. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 370 Philosophy of Woman (3)
A consideration of philosophical principles that have affected philosophers' assumptions about the nature of woman. Study of selections from various periods of philosophy as well as contemporary feminist thought. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 371 Women Philosophers (3)
A study of selected women philosophers from ancient to contemporary times and consideration of their contribution to the history of philosophy. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.
An exploration of the most influential ideas in the emerging field of environmental thought. The course involves reading, analysis, discussion and application of these ideas to contemporary environmental issues and problems. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.
PH 425 Philosophy and Literature (3)
A discussion of the philosophical aspects of several literary works. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 430 Philosophy of Art (3)
A study of the meaning of art, the nature of artistic intuition, and the creative process. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 431 Philosophy of Science (3)
A study of major issues in philosophy of science including the problem of scientific change and the philosophical implications of science. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 435 Philosophy of Religion (3)
An analysis of the grounds for belief and disbelief in God's existence, rational arguments, religious experiences, and faith. Ursuline Studies Stage III Philosophy satellite.PH 441, 442 Reading Seminar (3, 3)
Reading and discussion of philosophical works dealing with special problems of topical interest.PH 461, 462 Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)
Directed study of a specific philosophical problem or topic.PH 475 Academic Internship (credit varies)
An off-campus learning experience to provide the student with the opportunity to relate academic and educational goals to learning experiences and situations beyond the limits of the classroom.PH 288, 488 Special Topics (3)
PH 199, 299, 399, 499 External Learning (credit varies)
Measurable and verifiable learning which has occurred outside of the traditional classroom setting. Numerical designation indicates level of proficiency in the topic. Courses for which there is an exact Ursuline College equivalent are listed by the appropriate numerical designation. "PL" is listed for all course titles for which credit is granted through external learning assessment.