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Pursuing wisdom on the great questions of how to live and act is what this theme is all about. These studies can help you be a wiser and better professional and citizen.

GenEd Requirement Abbreviations

SS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
HUM - Humanities & The Arts
WCC - Western/Comparitive Cultures

NW - Non-Western Cultures
US - US Minority Cultures
LibEd - Liberal Education


All courses listed can be used for Free Electives.
Outstanding instructors are from the List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent.

Course # Course Name Instructor Satisfies Hours
ENG 298

Foundations and Frontiers of Engineering: A History of Ideas

It is widely thought that Science is concerned only with the physical world. Yet, for the last 80 years, significant effort has been devoted to adapting the principles and methods of the physical sciences to the life and social sciences. Although this work is in its early stages, it is already clear that Science can directly address such human concerns as the nature of mental and social reality. This course examines the origins, methodology, and implications of these developing mathematical theories. Each class will consist of a short (20 minute) lecture followed by open discussion of the assigned readings.

Cameron A. recommends this course: “Interdisciplinary teams, very hands on.”

IFOUNDRY RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTOR
Stephen Levinson

LibEd

3

PHIL 101

Introduction to Philosophy

Consideration of some main problems of philosophy concerning, for example, knowledge, God, mind and body, and human freedom.

HUM,
LibEd

3

PHIL 102

Logic and Reasoning

Practical study of logical reasoning; techniques for analyzing and criticizing arguments, with emphasis on assessing the logical coherence of what we read and write.

HUM,
LibEd

3

PHIL 105

Introduction to Ethics

Some basic questions of ethics, discussed in the light of influential ethical theories and with reference to specific moral problems, such as: what makes an action morally right? are moral standards absolute or relative? what is the relation between personal morality and social morality, and between social morality and law? Credit is not given for both PHIL 105 and either PHIL 104 or PHIL 106.

HUM,
LibEd

3

PHIL 106

Ethics and Social Policy

Examination of the moral aspects of social problems, and a survey of ethical principles formulated to validate social policy.

SS,
LibEd

3

PHIL 206

Early Modern Philosophy

History of philosophy from Descarte to Kant.

OUTSTANDING INTRUCTOR
A. Arana

HUM
LibEd

4