Course Descriptions - Spring

Please Note: Courses descriptions for Spring 2020; for earlier terms, please contact enrollment services for the appropriate class schedule.

This a list of all courses the College can offer; the College does not offer all courses every semester. For the current semester's courses, go to the class schedule. The class schedule provides more complete information, including course description, instructor, course fee, and textbook required.

AC, Heat & Refrigeration Tech
Automotive Tech
Basic Nurse Assistant Training
CAD Computer-Aided Design
Cannabis Disp & Patient Care
College Studies
Computer Apps for Business
Computer Information Systems
Computer Networking & Systems
Computer Science
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Elder Care Support
Electronic/Computer Technology
Facilities Mgt & Engineering
Financial Services
Fire Science
Geographic Information Systems
Global Business Studies
Graphic Design
Health Information Technology
Horticultural Therapy
Human Services
Independent Study
Law Enforcement
Manufacturing Technology
Mechanical Design
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Assistant
Paralegal Studies
Physical Education
Physical Therapist Assistant
Political Science
Social Science

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PHL105 - Logic
Course studies principles of correct reasoning. Topics include analyzing structure of arguments, evaluating both inductive and deductive arguments, and recognizing common errors in reasoning. Focus is on providing tools to critically evaluate persuasive language encountered in everyday life, in mass media, and in academic texts. IAI H4 906
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 906

PHL106 - Ethics
Course studies meaning, value, and moral responsibility in human life. Topics include examination of at least four conflicting theories about what constitutes moral conduct and social justice; application of these theories to individual moral dilemmas and to contemporary social issues such as world hunger or the environmental crisis. IAI H4 904
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 904

PHL107 - Business Ethics
Course investigates moral issues which arise in the conduct of business, marketing and advertising. Of value for business students and consumers. Topics include corporate responsibility and social justice, conflicts of interest, environmental issues, problems of discrimination, and the rights of employees and consumers. Students cannot get credit for both PHL 107 and BUS 107.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL110 - Introduction to the Study of Religion
Course introduces students to the academic study of religion and examines the impacts and relevance of religion in diverse global societies and settings today. Introduces current and formative theoretical approaches and analytical tools from the interdisciplinary field of Religious Studies. Topics include various prominent theories of religion, religious rituals and practices, religious myths and narratives, religion in relation to other social formations, and religious approaches to human problems. IAI H5 900
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H5 900

PHL130 - Religious Diversity in America
Course introduces history and current patterns of religious diversity in the United States by surveying a broad range of religious traditions and communities. Focus is on analysis of intersections of religion, race, and ethnicity in the United States through case studies of broad ethnic groups, including: African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/a Americans, and Native Americans. Topics include First Amendment rights and religious freedom, religion and politics in the U.S., American ‘civil religion’, new religious movements, immigrant and transnational religious movements. IAI H5 905
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H5 905

PHL170 - Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Course provides a philosophical analysis of fundamental concepts in science. Focus is on the scientific method, the nature of scientific claims, inductive generalization, statistical probability and the history and development of science.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL180 - Medical Ethics
Course uses ethical theories to investigate moral problems in medicine and health care delivery. Of value to both health care professionals and humanities students. Topics include patients’ rights, professional obligations of physicians and nurses, euthanasia, genetics and reproduction, experimentation on human subjects, and the right to health care.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL204 - Environmental Ethics
Course studies meaning, value, and moral responsibility in relationshio to the environment. Topics include examination of at least four conflicting theories about what constitutes an adequate environmental ethic, and the application of these theories to environmental issues such as climate change, environmental racism, and wilderness preservation.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PHL205 - World Religions
Course uses global perspective to introduce philosophies, traditions, and histories of major world religions. Topics include at least six of the following religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto, the indigenous religions of North America, Africa, or pre-Christian Europe. IAI H5 904N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H5 904N

PHL215 - Asian Philosophy
Course introduces selected philosophical themes from historical and contemporary sources based in one or more of the following broad traditions: Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Islamic, Jewish, Southeast Asian. IAI H4 903N
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 903N

PHL230 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Course gives historical overview of philosophical inquiry from pre-Socratic philosophers, through classic works of Plato and Aristotle, and on to works of medieval philosophers such as Avicenna, Averroes, Maimonides, and Aquinas. IAI H4 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 901

PHL231 - Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Course examines last 350 years of Western philosophy. Topics include works of at least five major philosophers such as Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, James, Sartre, Rawls, Foucault, De Beauvoir, and Habermas. Content includes philosophical ideas about the nature of reality, knowledge, morality, and social justice. IAI H4 902
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 902

PHL240 - Philosophy of Religion
Course critically examines various aspects of religious experience and related theological concepts and theories. Topics include relationship between myth and religion; structure and meaning of worship; arguments for and against God’s existence, and relevance of modern science to religious belief. IAI H4 905
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H4 905

PHL245 - Foundational Religious Texts
Course studies one or more of foundational documents of world’s major religions, from humanistic viewpoint. Documents studies may include the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Qur’an (Koran), or the Vedas. Course can be repeated once. IAI H5 901
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)
IAI Code: H5 901

PHL290 - Topics in Philosophy
Course explores selected topics in philosophy. Topics included vary, with focus on a single philosopher, group of philosophers, or particular philosophical problem. Course may be repeated up to three times for up to nine credits. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 0)

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