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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 (epistemol- ogy), 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 conclu- sion–the basic notions of validity, truth, sound- ness, strength and cogency will be studied and applied to ordinary language, culminating in a sur vey 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 interdisciplin- ary 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 interdisciplinar y introduction  to Chinese Taoism, using the methods and categories of phi- losophy 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 meth- ods 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 interdisciplinar y 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 inter weaves 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, per- sonal problems, and social problems. Primary and secondary sources will be used from news- papers, 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 Choos- ing 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 philosophi- cal 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 philosophi- cal approaches explored within the art form of film. Focus is on major theories of reality (meta- physics), 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 
Biomedical 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 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
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 
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 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST