Philosophy Courses

Courses in philosophy (designated PHIL) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirement in the arts and humanities
  • a major in East Asian studies or humanities
  • a minor in East Asian studies or philosophy
  • electives

UMUC offers only a limited number of courses each session in this discipline.

Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits, PHIL 100)

An introduction to the literature, problems, and methods of philosophy. The goal is to identify and consider central, recurring problems of philosophy. Emphasis is on developing awareness of the significance of philosophical problems and learning to offer rationally justifiable solutions. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 125 or PHIL 100.

Contemporary Moral Issues (3 Credits, PHIL 140)

An exploration of how philosophical analysis can serve as a foundation for thinking clearly about moral issues. The aim is to construct arguments about current and widely debated ethical problems such as euthanasia and reverse discrimination. Discussion examines foundational ethical theories as a basis for looking at these problems. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 300 or PHIL 140.

Contemporary Social Justice Issues (3 Credits, PHIL 304)

Recommended: PHIL 100 and PHIL 140. A thematic exposition of social justice issues. Topics include the relationship of the individual to society, human relationships with the environment, the use of technology, medical decision making, social equalities and inequalities, and workplace issues. The objective is to improve one’s awareness of ethical issues and recognize and analyze ethical problems in the contemporary global context through a deeper understanding of ethical theories.

Ideas Shaping the 21st Century (3 Credits, PHIL 336)

An overview of ideas and philosophies likely to affect humanity and this planet in the 21st century. The goal is to identify and understand predominant modes of thought; critically evaluate ideas that affect ways of living; articulate the principles underlying cooperation and dissension among different cultures, institutions, and individuals; and trace the influence of key ideas across various realms of human activity to navigate the challenges of the modern world. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: HUMN 336 or PHIL 336.