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The following Philosophy courses are offered:

PHIL 300
Introduction to Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101, ESLR 320, and ESLW 320
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); AA/AS Area I;
CSU Area A3; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
In this course, students will apply the critical thinking techniques of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis to areas of philosophical inquiry including meta-philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, and existentialism. Students will practice distinguishing fact from opinion, employing inductive and deductive reasoning, identifying logical errors and fallacies, and developing oral and written arguments to support their own philosophical perspectives or challenge the perspectives of others. The quality of the course's required writing will reflect the standards of a college-level writing course. (C-ID PHIL 100)

PHIL 310
Introduction to Ethics    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2;
IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces the student to classical and contemporary ethical theories and their application to a variety of contemporary moral issues such as capital punishment, animal rights, affirmative action, abortion, euthanasia, torture, and same-sex marriage. (C-ID PHIL 120)

PHIL 320
Logic and Critical Reasoning    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320; and ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an introduction to basic principles of good reasoning with an emphasis on deductive logic. It examines the functions of language, the nature of arguments, common fallacies committed in communication, definitions, the logic of categorical statements, sentential logic, and types of inductive reasoning. Emphasis is placed on developing analytical skills and applying principles of valid reasoning to the arguments encountered in everyday life. (C-ID PHIL 110)

PHIL 325
Symbolic Logic    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to the concepts and principles of propositional and predicate logic. It includes a study of the syntax and semantics of symbolic logic, truth tables, methods of formal proof for validity and invalidity, natural deduction, and the logic of relations and identity. This course is recommended for students of the sciences, computer programming, mathematics, and philosophy. (C-ID PHIL 210)

PHIL 328
Critical Reasoning and Composition    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b); CSU Area A3;
IGETC Area 1B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides instruction in critical thinking, including traditional logic, and advanced composition. A series of writing assignments (between 6,000-8,000 words total) focus on increasing the sophistication of students' argumentative writing skills. Theoretical models of critical thinking and composition will be applied to academic fields and textbooks, electronic and print media, advertisements, ethics, politics, and multicultural issues. Essays will be evaluated for their quality in both critical thinking and composition.

PHIL 330
History of Classical Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320; and ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2;
IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of the origin and development of Western Philosophy from the ancient Greeks to the Hellenistic period. The views of pre-Socratic thinkers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are emphasized. This course is especially recommended for all philosophy, history and humanities majors. (C-ID PHIL 130)

PHIL 331
History of Modern Philosophy    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGRD 110 or ESLR 320;
and ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2;
IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of the development of modern philosophy, from the Renaissance to Romanticism. The works of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant receive special attention. (C-ID PHIL 140)

PHIL 350
Philosophy of Religion     3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C2;
IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to traditional philosophical problems connected with religious belief. Issues to be discussed are the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the nature of religious language, the possibility of religious knowledge, the existence of miracles, religious experience, and mysticism. The rationality of religious belief will also be examined.

PHIL 352
Introduction to World Religions    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI;
CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces students to the major world religious traditions, including indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students will study the practices and beliefs of each tradition and will read selected material from the sacred writings of each tradition. Also, the influence of these religions on contemporary issues in the United States including ethnicity, ethnocentrism, racism, ageism, class differences, and sexual orientation is considered.

PHIL 495
Independent Studies in Philosophy    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

PHIL 499
Experimental Offering in Philosophy     .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU

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