Philosophy Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

PHI  100 ELEMENTS OF PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts containing elements of philosophy at the foundation of human experience and culture. Note: You may only receive credit for PHI 100 or 101, but not both.  AHI

 

PHI  101 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Introduces philosophical analysis of topics such as knowledge, belief, truth, causality, reality, and God. Reading and critical discussion of both classical and contemporary texts. Note: You may only receive credit for PHI 100 or 101, but not both. AHI

 

PHI  103 INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC      (3)

Introduces basic concepts of logic through mastery of mathematically precise techniques, such as truth tables and formal derivation. Includes application of basic concepts to analysis and design of computer circuits.  SAS

 

PHI  103H INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC - HONORS      (3)

Introduces basic concepts of logic through mastery of mathematically precise techniques, such as truth tables and formal derivation. Includes application of basic concepts to analysis and design of computer circuits.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SAS

 

PHI  105 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS      (3)

Introduces philosophical analysis of the ethical life. Reading and critical discussion of both classical and contemporary texts.  AHI

 

PHI  105H INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS      (3)

Introduces philosophical analysis of the ethical life.  Reading and critical discussion of both classical and contemporary texts.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  150 PHILOSOPHIES OF THE WORLD      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts defining the global origins of philosophy, including African, Asian, European, and Native American culture.  Letter grade only.  AHIG

 

PHI  199 SPECIAL TOPICS        (1-4)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

PHI  203 SCIENTIFIC REASONING      (3)

Investigates the logical relations between theories and facts with focus on examples of scientific reasoning. (We encourage you to take either PHI 203 or 223 but not both.) AHI

 

PHI  203H SCIENTIFIC REASONING - HONORS      (3)

Investigates the logical relations between theories and facts with focus on examples of scientific reasoning.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  223 ARGUMENT ANALYSIS       (3)

Systematic study of arguments, emphasizing analysis and evaluation of arguments as they occur in everyday life. Letter grade or pass-fail. (We encourage you to take either PHI 203 or 223 but not both.) AHI

 

PHI  223H ARGUMENT ANALYSIS - HONORS      (3)

Systematic study of arguments, emphasizing analysis and evaluation of arguments as they occur in everyday life. Letter grade or pass-fail. (We encourage you to take either PHI 203 or 223 but not both.)  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  240 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts of the philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome, with emphasis on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  AHI

 

PHI  240H ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY - HONORS      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts of the philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome, with emphasis on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  241 MODERN PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophers such as Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, and Kant.  AHI

 

PHI  241H MODERN PHILOSOPHY - HONORS      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophers such as Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume, and Kant. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  299 SPECIAL TOPICS         (1-4)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.  

 

PHI  301 SYMBOLIC LOGIC      (3)

Formal study of logical concepts, with emphasis on problem solving through symbolic manipulation. Recommended: PHI 103.

 

PHI  320 METAPHYSICS      (3)

Issues include space and time, causality, contingency and necessity, form and matter, cause and substance, reason, language, and being. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: three hours of philosophy coursework, or instructor's consent.  AHI

 

PHI  321 EPISTEMOLOGY      (3)

Issues concerning claims that one can or cannot know something. Sample issues include trust, relativism, skepticism, reason, experience, and belief. Letter grade or pass-fail.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHI-Philosophy coursework or International Exchange Student Group AHI

 

PHI  322 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND      (3)

Investigates the reasons for and implication of distinguishing minds from bodies. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy coursework, or instructor's consent.  AHI

 

PHI  322H PHILOSOPHY OF MIND - HONORS      (3)

Investigates the reasons for and implication of distinguishing minds from bodies. Letter grade or pass-fail.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  323 TOPICS IN LOGIC      (3)

Specific topic to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit as topic varies. Recommended: PHI 103 or 301.

 

PHI  325 TOPICS IN ETHICS       (3)

Specific topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit as topic varies. Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHI-Philosophy coursework or International Exchange Student Group

 

PHI  325H TOPICS IN ETHICS - HONORS      (3)

Specific topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit as topic varies.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of PHI-Philosophy coursework and Honors Student Group

 

PHI  331 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS      (3)

Critical examination of the moral reasons for protecting and preserving the environment.  AHI

 

PHI  331H ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS - HONORS      (3)

Critical examination of the moral reasons for protecting and preserving the environment.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  332 HEALTH CARE ETHICS      (3)

Moral examination of topics in bioethics, such as abortion, euthanasia, genetic testing, and justice in the distribution of health care. Letter grade or pass-fail. Recommended: 3 hrs. of philosophy coursework. AHI

 

PHI  332W HEALTH CARE ETHICS      (3)

Moral examination of topics in bioethics, such as abortion, euthanasia, genetic testing, and justice in the distribution of health care. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade or pass-fail. Recommended: 3 hrs. of philosophy coursework.  AHI

 

PHI  340H MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY - HONORS      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of the texts of the medieval philosophers, especially St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group JWRT

 

PHI  340W MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of the texts of the medieval philosophers, especially St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: PHI 240 or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

PHI  341H TOPICS IN NINETEENTH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts of the philosophers of the nineteenth century, such as Hegel, Mill, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Comte.  Prerequisite: PHI 241H or Honors Student Group JWRT

 

PHI  341W TOPICS IN NINETEENTH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts of the philosophers of the nineteenth century, such as Hegel, Mill, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Comte. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: PHI 241 or PHI 241H or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

PHI  342H CONTEMPORARY ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY - HONORS      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts in analytic philosophy, as represented by thinkers such as Frege, Russell, Quine, and Wittgenstein. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group JWRT

 

PHI  342W CONTEMPORARY ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts in analytic philosophy, as represented by thinkers such as Frege, Russell, Quine, and Wittgenstein. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Prerequisite: PHI 241 or PHI 241H or International Exchange Student Group JWRT

 

PHI  343W CONTEMPORARY CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Reading and critical analysis of texts in existential phenomenology, as represented by thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Gadamer, Derrida, and their followers. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: 3 hours of philosophy coursework, or instructor's consent.  JWRT

 

PHI  351 PHILOSOPHY IN LITERATURE       (3)

Philosophical issues as expressed in the novel, drama, and poetry.  AHI

 

PHI  351H PHILOSOPHY  IN LITERATURE-HONORS      (3)

Philosophical issues as expressed in the novel, drama, and poetry. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  352 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION      (3)

Problems concerning religious language, the nature and existence of God, and the religious life.  AHI

 

PHI  352H PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION - HONORS      (3)

Problems concerning religious language, the nature and existence of God, and the religious life.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  355 PHILOSOPHY OF ART      (3)

Aesthetic experience, functions of art, conceptual foundations of art.  

 

PHI  355H PHILOSOPHY OF ART - HONORS      (3)

Aesthetic experience, functions of art, conceptual foundations of art.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

PHI  356 PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY      (3)

Nature and limits of our knowledge of the human past.  CU

 

PHI  356H PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY - HONORS      (3)

Nature and limits of our knowledge of the human past.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group CU

 

PHI  357 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY      (3)

Issues encountered in the analysis, evaluation, and justification of political authority.  SPW

 

PHI  357H POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY - HONORS       (3)

Issues encountered in the analysis, evaluation, and justification of political authority. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group SPW

 

PHI  359 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE      (3)

Analyzes the conceptual conditions required for doing science.  AHI

 

PHI  359H PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE - HONORS      (3)

Analyzes the conceptual conditions required for doing science.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group AHI

 

PHI  362H FEMIN THEORY-HONORS      (3)

Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

PHI  363 PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICS      (3)

Analyzes the conceptual foundations and philosophical implications of modern physics. Prerequisite: one university physics course or instructor's consent.

 

PHI  363H PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICS - HONORS      (3)

Analyzes the conceptual foundations and philosophical implications of modern physics.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

PHI  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION      (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-fail only.  Fee required.  No repeat limit.

 

PHI  399 SPECIAL TOPICS       (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study. Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.

 

PHI  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.

 

PHI  414C SENIOR SEMINAR      (3)

Specific topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit as topic varies.  Prerequisite: (PHI 103 or PHI 103H or PHI 203 or PHI 203H or PHI 223 or PHI 223H or PHI 301) and (PHI 240 or PHI 240H) and (PHI 241 or PHI 241H) CAP

 

PHI  414H SENIOR SEMINAR - HONORS      (3)

Specific topic to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit as topic varies.  Prerequisite: Honors Student Group

 

PHI  466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP      (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-fail only.

 

PHI  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

Individualized original research under the supervision of a research adviser.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.  

 

PHI  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Letter grade or pass-fail.  Department consent required.  

 

PHI  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS      (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Letter grade only. No repeat limit.