Philosophy in Arts & Humanities Certificate

Certificate Level: Undergraduate
Admissions Requirements: Current Drexel students only
Certificate Type: Undergraduate
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus, Online, Hybrid
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: None

The Certificate in Philosophy in Arts and Humanities provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students in all majors to deepen and broaden their educational experience by enhancing and exercising their philosophical skills in relation to some of the most central issues and ideas related to the arts and the humanities.


Required Courses
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PHIL 107Philosophy and Knowledge Organization3.0
PHIL 231Aesthetics3.0
PHIL 381 [WI] Philosophy in Literature3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Total Credits18.0

Courses

PHIL 101 Introduction to Western Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Introduces the main methods and aims of Western Philosophy, involving the study of problems central to metaphysics, theory of knowledge, and ethics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 102 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Introduction to the main topics of study in Buddhist, Hindu and other systems of Eastern thought.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 105 Critical Reasoning 3.0 Credits

Introduces and develops the skills involved in reasoning effectively about experience, and being able to distinguish strong arguments form weak ones.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 107 Philosophy and Knowledge Organization 3.0 Credits

This course imparts knowledge and skills associated with organizing concepts. The context for the course is the history of knowledge organization, viewed philosophically, with special emphasis on the Platonic, Cartesian, Kantian, Comtean and Digital paradigms. Students will learn to recognize the classical principles of knowledge organization and how to apply them using a "logic of concepts." Students will also come to understand how and why knowledge is organized the way it is in the modern university.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 111 Propositional Logic 3.0 Credits

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of symbolic logic: argument, validity, soundness, provability, completeness, consistency, decidability, entailment, logical equivalence, logical truth, logical contradiction. Covers truth-functional connectives, rules of formation and translation, and rules of inference. Proof techniques studied include natural deduction, truth-tables, and/or truth-trees.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 207 Predicate Logic 3.0 Credits

Concentrates on syntax and semantics of quantification. Formation principles include A, E, I, and O statements (and square of opposition), domain of discourse, quantifier scope, multiple quantification, relations, and identity. Proof mechanics covered include natural deduction, instantiation, semantic tableaux, and possible-world counterexamples. Also explored are the completeness, consistency, and decidability of first-order systems.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 210 Philosophy of Sport 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about philosophical issues arising in sport, in areas including its personal, social, aesthetic, and political dimensions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 211 Metaphysics 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about the nature of reality and philosophical issues such as the nature of time, mind, personal identity, and free will.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 212 Ancient Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies central works that have shaped Western Philosophy and culture from the Ancient Greek era and its legacy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 214 Modern Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies central works that have shaped Western Philosophy and culture from the Renaissance through the late Nineteenth Century.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 215 Contemporary Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies central works that have had important impacts upon Western Philosophy and culture from the Twentieth Century through the present.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 216 Philosophy of Time 3.0 Credits

In this course we will study philosophical problems surrounding the nature of time. We will consider questions like, "Does the present exist?"; "Does time have a direction?"; "Are events pre-determined?"; "Is time travel possible?"; etc. Students will read and discuss treatments of these issues in philosophy, literature, and film.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 221 Epistemology 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about knowledge that bear upon philosophical issues concerned with the nature and status of knowledge claims as expressed in concepts like belief, truth, and justification.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 231 Aesthetics 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about art and the nature of beauty that bear on philosophical issues concerned with artistic production, performance, and perception, such as arise in activities like painting, sculpture, film literature, music, and dance.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 241 Social & Political Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about human social and political life that bear on philosophical issues such as the nature and scope of justice, the legitimacy of states, and the relationship between democracy, civil rights, and civil disobedience.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 251 Ethics 3.0 Credits

Studies theories about human conduct which bear upon the rightness and wrongness of actions, and the goodness and badness of ends, including the nature, scope, purposes, and varieties of moral and ethical theories.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 255 Philosophy of Sex & Love 3.0 Credits

This course investigates sexual activity and desire, and the morality of sexual behavior. It also examines various types of love and their links with sexuality. Figures studied include Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Kierkegaard, Freud and Foucault. Topics include marriage, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, perversion, rape, intentionality, irreplaceability, unconditionality, reciprocity, and exclusivity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 301 Business Ethics 3.0 Credits

Study of such moral issues as truth-telling, puffery, and lying in business communications; employer-employee relations; obligations to customers; obligations to foreign populations; and government contracts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 305 Communication Ethics 3.0 Credits

Ethical analysis of current laws and legislation aimed at regulating speech in the context of mass communications (radio, television and film).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 311 Computer Ethics 3.0 Credits

Ethical analyses of current laws and pending legislation aimed at regulating computer use as well as Internet practices and content.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 315 Engineering Ethics 3.0 Credits

Provides critical reflection on the nature of engineering and technology and on the ethical obligations and responsibilities unique to the engineering profession. Topics include the social responsibilities of engineering, the nature of professionalism, professional autonomy, whistleblowing, conflicts of interest, organizational (dis)obedience, the ethics of risk assessment, and the place and purpose of engineering codes of ethics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if major is BUSN or major is ECON or classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PHIL 317 Ethics and Design Professions 3.0 Credits

Examines ethical theories and their application to architecture; the ethics of architectural space and place; the logic of ethical reasoning applied to the practice of architecture; professional ethics and the social responsibility of architects; the ethics of safety and risk in the production of architectural structures; sustainable environmental architectural design.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is ARCH or major is INTR.

PHIL 321 Biomedical Ethics 3.0 Credits

Studies moral issues related to health and disease, patients' rights and professional responsibilities, informed consent, abortion, euthanasia, and biomedical research.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 322 Ethics of Human Enhancement 3.0 Credits

Discussion of developments in health-care with the potential not only to treat disease, but also to improve human performance and cosmetically change the human body, thereby creating ethical considerations about the nature of health and disease and the proper scope and goals of health care.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: HSAD 210 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 323 Organizational Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the application of ethical theories and principles to organizational systems and decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on how ethical principles affect and are applied to organizational policy-making, leadership behavior, systems of communication, technology use, and other systems of organization.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Pre-Junior or Senior.

PHIL 325 Ethics in Sports Management 3.0 Credits

An introduction to various ethical issues in sports and sports management, such as leadership and coaching; gender and racial equity in sports; fair play and cheating; violence and competition; commercialization of sports; the relation of sports to cultural value systems; ethics of technology and sports performance.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PHIL 330 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3.0 Credits

Studies ethical issues in the policies and practices of criminal justice, and theories that bear upon issues such as the relationship of law to justice, the definition of crime, the use of deception and coercion in law enforcement, and the purposes and varieties of criminal punishment.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 335 Global Ethical Issues 3.0 Credits

Offers an introduction to the ethical tensions of our age, globally construed. May address such issues as terrorism, genocide, religious exclusivism, nuclear proliferation, the regulation of the Internet, as well as culturally competing notions of right and wrong, and good and bad.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course examines ethical questions about human relations with the nonhuman world. These questions will be informed by assessing sustainable practices, indigenous ways of life, environmental movements, and such issues as biodiversity loss and global climate change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHIL 341 Philosophy of the Environment 3.0 Credits

Studies ecological issues from a philosophical standpoint stressing the implications of scientific and technological developments as they affect people's lives and choices.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 351 Philosophy of Technology 3.0 Credits

Studies technology from a philosophical standpoint stressing its role in shaping human existence and values, considering issues such as the control and distribution of information, housing and city planning, automation, and the uses of technology in medicine.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 355 Philosophy of Medicine 3.0 Credits

Examines the ideas of medicine, disease, and health from a philosophical perspective. Examines such concepts as gender, mental-illness, mind-body unity, aging and physical perfection as derived from both Eastern and Western traditions. Current health policy alternative treatment practices are also discussed.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 361 Philosophy of Science 3.0 Credits

Studies natural scientific theory-construction and investigative methods from a philosophical standpoint, considering issues such as the nature and scope of experimental method, and the history and justification of theory change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 102 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 105 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 107 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 371 Philosophy of Social Sciences 3.0 Credits

Studies social scientific theory-construction and investigative methods from a philosophical standpoint, considering issues such as the distinction between explanation and interpretation, and the history and justification of theory change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 102 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 105 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 107 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 381 [WI] Philosophy in Literature 3.0 Credits

Studies philosophical issues such as the concept of the self, the nature and course of evil, the nature and scope of free will, and ideals in living as they appear in significant works of literature.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 385 Philosophy of Law 3.0 Credits

This course addresses philosophical issues in the law. Topics include the meaning of "law," the nature and logic of legal (in contrast to moral) concepts and principles, and competing conceptions of law (Natural Law, Positivism, Realism, Rights-Based, etc.). Authors may include Plato, Mill, Rawls, Hart, Dworkin and others.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

PHIL 391 Philosophy of Religion 3.0 Credits

Studies various aspects of religious belief and experience from a philosophical standpoint, considering issues such as the definition and existence of God, the nature and course of evil, and the relationship between faith and reason in a religious life.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: PHIL 101 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 102 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 105 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 107 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 395 Advanced Topics in Logic 3.0 Credits

Specialized topics, from among: self-reference paradoxes, set theory, axiomatization of arithmetic, computability, Church-Turing thesis, Gödel's theorem, minds and machines, Turing test, artificial intelligence, definitions of truth, models and satisfaction, analyticity, syntax/semantics, ontological commitment, intention/extension, reference justifying deduction, nominalism/realism, multi-valued logic, intuitionism, modal logic, doxastic logic, and logic of moral discourse.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore
Prerequisites: PHIL 111 [Min Grade: D] and PHIL 207 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 399 Independent Project in Philosophy 1.0-12.0 Credit

Provides directed reading and writing in philosophy.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore

PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works of the leading philosophers and philosophical schools of Western antiquity. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 425 [WI] Seminar in Medieval Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works of the leading philosophers and philosophical schools of the Medieval period. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Rationalism & Empiricism 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works of the leading philosophers and philosophical schools of the Modern period (circa. 1500 A.D. to 1900 A.D.) on the European Continent and British Isles. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 461 [WI] Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of the works by leading philosophers from 1900 to present. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 465 [WI] Seminar in American Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Advanced study and discussion of works by leading American philosophers, including Peirce, James, Mead, Royce, C.I. Lewis, Quine, Davidson, Rorty and others. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 475 Special Problems in Philosophy 3.0 Credits

Topic for each term to be announced. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

PHIL 481 [WI] Seminar in a Philosophical School 3.0 Credits

Development of doctrines, theories, arguments and problems associated with one or more philosophical schools (or movements). Schools (or movements) may include Pythagoreanism, Platonism, Epicureanism, or recently, Positivism, Pragmatism, and Existentialism. This course is Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 485 [WI] Seminar in a Major Philosopher 3.0 Credits

Study of the works of a major philosopher such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, etc. Reading and Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Pre-Junior or Sophomore
Prerequisites: (PHIL 211 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 212 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 214 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 215 [Min Grade: D]) and (PHIL 221 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 231 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 241 [Min Grade: D] or PHIL 251 [Min Grade: D])

PHIL 497 [WI] Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis 3.0 Credits

Individual supervision. Selection of research topic for the senior argumentative essay; collection and analysis of hard-copy and electronic research material; construction of bibliography. Initial thesis formulation and drafting of argument sketch. Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHIL and classification is Senior.

PHIL 498 [WI] Senior Essay II: Argument Construction 3.0 Credits

Supervised construction of the main and supporting arguments of the senior essay involving drafting and re-drafting of the prose statement. Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHIL and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PHIL 497 [Min Grade: D]

PHIL 499 [WI] Senior Essay III: Defense 3.0 Credits

Individual Supervision. Defense of the senior essay thesis before the philosophy faculty and fellow senior philosophy majors. Written replies to main criticisms as determined by the faculty supervisor. Final submission of senior essay. Writing Intensive.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PHIL and classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: PHIL 498 [Min Grade: D]

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