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Philosophy Major (Bachelor of Arts)

The philosophy major provides students with skills in reasoning, evaluation, argumentation, and communication that will prepare them for professional life; encourages critical engagement with the major ideas, figures, and theories in philosophical traditions; and provides extensive knowledge of the field of philosophy in preparation for further study at the graduate level. 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

I. CORE CURRICULUM (39-44 Credits) 

 

II. FRESHMAN GRADUATION REQUIREMENT (0-3 Credits) Minimum grade of ‘C’ is required. 

UNIV 110 The First-Year Experience 

UNIV 110 is required for all new entering freshmen and for new transfer students with fewer than 12 transfer credit hours unless the transfer student has satisfactorily completed a college transition course

 

III. FOUNDATION COURSES (9-15 Credits)* 

Choose either PHIL 101* Introduction to Philosophy or PHIL 102* Introduction to Ethics 

PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking 

PHIL 271* Philosophical Writing 

Choose one course from one of the following disciplines not counted in the core curriculum: 

ENGL, GEOG, HIST, POLI, RELG, or WGST.

Choose one course from one of the following disciplines not counted in the core curriculum: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, MATH, MSCI, PHYS, PSYC, and SOC.  

 

* Credits hours for courses taken as part of the core curriculum are not counted elsewhere in the major

 

IV. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (27 Credits) 

History of Philosophy

PHIL 300 Ancient Philosophy 

PHIL 301 Modern Philosophy 

Logic, Epistemology, and Metaphysics

PHIL 321 Symbolic Logic 

Choose one from the following: (3 Credits) 

PHIL 306 20th Century Analytic Philosophy, PHIL 309 Philosophy of Mind, PHIL 340 Philosophy of Science, PHIL 419 Epistemology, PHIL 420 Metaphysics. 

Ethics Requirement

PHIL 311 Ethical Theory 

Four Electives

Choose 12 additional credit hours in philosophy, three credit hours at or above the 200 level (excluding PHIL 271 Philosophical Writing) and nine credit hours at or above the 300 level (12 credits total).

 

V. COGNATE REQUIREMENTS (12 Credits) 

Students who do not choose to have a minor in another discipline must fulfill the cognate requirement. Cognate courses are courses drawn from outside the major but are intended to support the major. Cognate courses must be at the 300 level or above, must be related to the student's major, and must be approved by the student's adviser. Courses for cognate credit may be drawn from one or more departments. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all cognate courses. 

 

VI. ELECTIVES (22-35 Credits)

 

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED = 120 

 

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each philosophy course to be applied toward the major or minor.

 

CAREER PATHS:

Like other Humanities academic programs, the Philosophy Major prepares students for a wide range of fields, especially those involving critical thinking, and it is particularly well-suited for students interested in the following careers and professional areas:

 

Editorial Assistant/Copy Writer

Law School/Lawyer

Graduate School for Philosophy/Humanities 

Paralegal

Public Policy

Non-Profits

Teacher (High School and University Levels)

 

CONTACT

Julinna Oxley, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Edwards 280

joxley@coastal.edu

843-349-6548

 

RESOURCES:

The Jackson Center for Ethics and Values

Phi Sigma Tau National Honor Society in Philosophy

American Philosophical Association

South Carolina Society for Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

 

 

Minor in Medical Humanities

The medical humanities minor is intended for undergraduate students entering health care professions as well as traditional humanities students. It seeks to educate students on humanistic issues in the medical profession and healing arts from an ethical, literary, psychological, sociological, and historical perspective.

 

Requirements:

PHIL 317 Bio-Medical Ethics (3)

Choose three courses from at least two disciplines: (9 Credits)

COMM 311 Health Communication 

HIST 447 History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance 

HIST 448 Early Modern Science and Medicine 

HIST 451 History of Modern Medicine and the Body 

PHIL 305 Contemporary Moral Issues 

PHIL 311 Ethical Theory 

PHIL 315 Technology and Human Values 

PHIL 340 Philosophy of Science 

POLI 371 Public Policy 

Choose two courses from different disciplines: (6 Credits)

HPRO 304 Nutrition 

HPRO 310 Issues in Family Life and Sexuality 

HPRO 320 Public Health Policy & Advocacy 

HPRO 333 Environmental Health 

HPRO 347 Consumer Health Education 

HPRO 480 Women’s Health Issues 

PSYC 333 Health Psychology 

PSYC 410 Abnormal Psychology 

SOC 360 Sociology of Medicine and Health 

SOC 454 Sociology of Death and Dying 

SOC 455 Sociology of Aging 

SOC 457 Aging and Social Policy 

SOC 460 Sociology of Mental Health 

SOC 465 Sociology of AIDS 

STAT 318 Applied Statistical Methods 

 

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED = 18

 

Career Paths

The minor is encouraged for future medical practitioners majoring in the sciences, humanities majors interested in cultural study of medicine, and any other students whose major or career would be enhanced by an interdisciplinary study of humanistic elements of the healing arts, such as:

Health Care Professionals (Business)

Historians

Lawyers (Health Law)

Nurses

Medical Doctors

Pharmacists

 

Contact:

Julinna Oxley, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Edwards 280

joxley@coastal.edu

843-349-6548

 

Resources

Medical Humanities (Journal)

 

 

Minor in Religious Studies 

The Minor in Religious Studies offers students the opportunity to investigate and understand the global range of religious traditions from an academic perspective. Students explore worldwide patterns of belief, practice, community, and their respective histories and development. 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

RELG 103 World Religions (3)

Choose one from the following Asian religions courses: (3 Credits)

RELG 104 Introduction to Asian Religions 

RELG 320 Introduction to Buddhism 

RELG 324 Hinduism 

RELG 326 Buddhism in Literature and Film 

RELG 350 Lives of Hindu and Buddhist Saints 

RELG 351 Religion of India 

RELG 352 Zen Buddhism 

Choose one from the following Abrahamic religions courses: (3 Credits) 

RELG 205 Introduction to Abrahamic Religions

RELG 301 Hebrew Bible 

RELG 302 New Testament 

RELG 311 Gospel Traditions 

RELG 312 The Life and Letters of Paul 

RELG 322 Introduction to Islam 

RELG 330 Introduction to Judaism 

RELG 331 The Quran

RELG 363 Women and Gender in Islam 

Choose three RELG electives from above courses not taken previously, plus the following: (9 Credits) 

RELG 325 Religion in Contemporary American Film 

RELG 360 Women and World Religions 

RELG 365 Religious Diversity in the South 

RELG 366 Religions of the West African Diaspora 

RELG 399 Independent Study 

RELG 399H Interdisciplinary Independent Study 

RELG 491 Special Topics in Religious Studies 

 

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED = 15-18* 

 

*Students using RELG 103 World Religions to satisfy a core requirement or a foundation requirement will fulfill the minor requirement but will not have the three credit hours registered in the minor. The minor sequence should be determined in consultation with the student's major adviser and an adviser in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. A student must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all courses to be applied toward the minor in religious studies.

 

CAREER PATHS:

Like other Humanities academic programs, the Religious Studies Minor prepares students for a wide range of fields, but it is particularly well-suited for students interested in the following areas: 

Education (High School and University Levels)

International Business

Government and Diplomacy

Graduate School in Religious Studies/Humanities/Social Sciences

Ministry/Pastoral 

Museum Curation and Archival Work

Psychology/Counseling

Religion Writer/Journalist/Blogger

Social Services

Travel Guide/Tourism Industry

 

CONTACT

Jeffry R. Halverson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Edwards 281

jhalverso@coastal.edu 

(843) 349-2974

 

RESOURCES:

The American Academy of Religion (AAR)

North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR)

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)

 

 

Minor in Philosophy 

The philosophy minor provides students with basic skills in reasoning, evaluation, argumentation, and communication to help prepare them for professional life; encourages critical engagement with the major ideas, figures, and theories in philosophical traditions; and provides knowledge of the field of philosophy in preparation for further study at the graduate level.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Choose one from the following: (3 Credits) 

PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking 

PHIL 321 Symbolic Logic 

Choose two from the following: (6 Credits)

PHIL 300 Ancient Philosophy 

PHIL 301 Modern Philosophy 

PHIL 302 18th and 19th Century Philosophy 

PHIL 303 Continental and American Philosophy 

PHIL 306 20th Century Analytic Philosophy 

PHIL 407 Medieval Philosophy 

Choose nine additional credit hours (i.e. 3 courses) in philosophy with at least three credit hours at the 300 level or above (9 Credits).

 

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED = 18* 

 

*A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each philosophy course to be applied toward the minor.

 

CAREER PATHS:

Like other Humanities academic programs, the Philosophy Minor helps prepare students for a wide range of fields, especially those involving critical thinking, and it is particularly well-suited for students interested in the following careers and professional areas:

 

Editorial Assistant/Copy Writer

Law School/Lawyer

Graduate School for Philosophy/Humanities 

Paralegal

Public Policy

Non-Profits

Teacher (High School and University Levels)

 

 

 

CONTACT

Julinna Oxley, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Edwards 280

joxley@coastal.edu

843-349-6548

 

RESOURCES:

The Jackson Center for Ethics and Values

Phi Sigma Tau National Honor Society in Philosophy

American Philosophical Association

South Carolina Society for Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

 

(COMING SOON) Certificate in Applied Ethics

This program focuses specifically on Ethics and allows students to focus on ethical issues in a way that is appealing to employers, as employers like to see that that their future employees have familiarity with the study of ethics and morality.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

To complete the Certificate, students will take four courses total (12 credit hours): an introductory course in ethics, which will give an overview of moral theories and introduce moral reasoning skills, and three applied ethics courses. The department currently offers 7 applied ethics courses (1-7 below), two of which can be taken online. 

Required (3 Credits):

PHIL 102 Introduction to Ethics

Choose Three of the Following Courses** (9 credits)

(1) PHIL 305 Contemporary Moral Issues

(2) PHIL 313 Sports Ethics

(3) PHIL 315 Technology and Human Values

(4) PHIL 316 Crime and Justice

(5) PHIL 317 Bio-Medical Ethics

(6) PHIL 318 Business Ethics

(7) PHIL 319 Environmental Ethics

**Other Courses which have been taught once in the past or as independent studies that could be developed:**

Animal Ethics Professional Ethics

Communication Ethics  Sexual Ethics

Leadership Ethics

 

CAREER PATHS:

People in today’s society face a number of important and challenging ethical questions, such as whether to take a loved one off of life support, how to make a more environmentally safe planet, and whether (and how much) to help others versus promote one’s own interests.  Questions concerning personal, social, environmental and business ethics require a citizenry capable of understanding the complexity of moral problems and who are skilled in deliberating about them and finding adequate moral solutions. Whether one is a scientist, a teacher, a nurse, an accountant, or a policy analyst, the ability to recognize, confront and resolve ethical problems is central to fulfilling one’s obligations to society.

 

CONTACT:

Julinna Oxley, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Edwards 280

joxley@coastal.edu

843-349-6548

 

RESOURCES:

Ethics (Journal)

What Is Ethics? (from Santa Clara University)