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PHILOSOPHY

PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

An introduction to world philosophy which begins with the western tradition and includes Asian and African philosophies as well as the voices of women philosophers and the peoples of the Americas. Focus is on major theories of reality (metaphysics), knowledge (epistemology), value (axiology), and logic. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

PHIL-102 Introduction to Logic
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

An introduction to both the practice and study of reason. Taking the essence of reason to be argument–a set of premises supporting a conclusion–the basic notions of validity, truth, soundness, strength and cogency will be studied and applied to ordinary language, culminating in a survey of what are know as informal fallacies. Two elements of formal symbolic logic will then be studied and practiced: categorical syllogism (Aristotelian and Boolean) and propositional logic (not including predicate logic). These elements have a distinctly mathematical feel; the final element of the course will return to a less formally rigorous study of inductive logic, scientific method and reason in general. (3 hours weekly)

PHIL-103 Introduction to Ethics
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

Upon completion of this course students will be familiar with most important ethical theories of Western philosophy. Students will have the necessary tools to discuss and evaluate various contemporary moral issues, as well as a moral ethical stance. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

PHIL-104 Introduction to Religious Studies
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

An introduction to the academic study of religion which explores the nature and variety of religious experience, the role of religion in the lives of individuals and communities, forms of ritual/rites/worship, the use of myths, symbols, and practices in guiding everyday living, religion’s role in the construction of meaning, and the reciprocal relationship between religion and culture. Drawing on insights from the humanities and social sciences, this course is interdisciplinary in focus and worldwide in scope, covering religious experience in Asia, Africa, and the West. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

PHIL-110 Introduction to Chinese Taoism
1 Credit

An interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese Taoism, using the methods and categories of philosophy but including the historical and cultural milieu of China, traditional Chinese landscape painting as expressive of Taoist philosophy and an examination of the wisdom texts Tao Te Ching and Chuang-tzu. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (1 hour weekly)

PHIL-111 Introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhism
1 Credit

An interdisciplinary introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhism, using the categories and methods of philosophy but including the historical and cultural milieu of Japan, Zen painting, haiku, and sand gardens, and ancient, medieval, and modern Zen wisdom texts from around the world. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (1 hour weekly)

PHIL-112 Introduction to African Philosophy
1 Credit

An interdisciplinary introduction to African philosophy using the categories and methods of Western philosophy but including the historical and cultural milieu of Africa as well as African visual arts and proverbs, African drumming, dance, and song as repositories of and ways to express African philosophy. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (1 hour weekly)

PHIL-116 Fundamentals of Spiritual Awareness
3 Credits

This course, based on Eastern thought, will provide the student the tools to understand one’s spiritual nature. Major topics include states of consciousness, the subconscious mind, thoughts and attitudes, death and dying. Students will learn the connection between the chakras (energy body) and the physical body. Various meditation and visualization techniques will be experienced. The student will also have the opportunity to explore intuition, dreams, and synchronicity. Upon completion of this course one will gain an understanding of spirituality, self-awareness, and self-responsibility. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HEED-116.

PHIL-140 The Philosophy and Practice of Tai Chi
3 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to instruct the martial art of Tai Chi. The student will be provided with the means of developing the physical and teaching skills needed to instruct the Beijing or Simplified Form of Tai Chi for fitness and stress management. (4 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HEED‑140.

PHIL-141 The Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
3 Credits
This introductory course in Yogic philosophy is unique in that it interweaves the intellectual and the experiential, so that the ancient yet timely truths and principles of Yoga are studied, explored, and practiced through Yoga postures, breath, awareness, reflection, writing, discussion, meditation, and action. (4 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HEED‑141.

PHIL-201 Religions of the World
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

A study of the major religions of the world with emphasis on their origins, development, and significance in the modern world as well as their sacred texts. Focus is on Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judiaism, Christianity, and Islam. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

PHIL-202 Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
3 Credits (Humanities Core)
Students will study ideas designed to help them improve their thinking skills of thinking critically, reasoning clearly, using language precisely, and creatively solving problems. The importance of solid evidence and logical reasoning will be studied in a variety of contexts. Emphasis will also be on applying thinking skills to everyday practical problems, academic problems, personal problems, and social problems. Primary and secondary sources will be used from newspapers, books, television, and other media. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

PHIL-203 Civility and the Virtue Tradition
3 Credits (Humanities Core)

This course examines the intersection of civility and the virtue tradition in philosophy. As our ancient world cultures have acknowledged, both individual happiness and a harmonious society depend on the cultivation of a virtuous character. Using written texts (including P.M. Forni’s Choosing Civility), films, and literature, the focus is on the costs of incivility and the benefits of civility. Drawing on insights from the humanities and the arts, this course is interdisciplinary in focus and worldwide in scope, covering civility and the virtue tradition in Asia, Africa, and the West. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HUMN-203.

PHIL-230 Philosophy of the Martial Arts
3 Credits

This course will examine the philosophical bases of the martial arts of the world, including those of Ancient Greece and Rome, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, and North America. The impact various philosophical systems have had on the development of the martial arts will be investigated. Conversely, the influence martial arts may have had on the development of the philosophical systems themselves will be reviewed. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as EXSC-230.

PHIL-260 Film and Philosophy
3 Credits (Arts/Humanities Core)

An exploration and comparison of philosophical approaches explored within the art form of film. Focus is on major theories of reality (metaphysics), knowledge (epistemology) and value (axiology) and on the canons of film studies. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-260.


hcc catalogue '11-'12


Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
 
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
 
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST