philosophy

Philosophy can be studied in many programs and courses, allowing you to rigorously investigate claims about the grounds of existence, the possibilities for knowledge, the nature of justice, and the existence of God—to name a few. Faculty members have expertise in the theory of knowledge, ethics, aesthetics, the philosophy of science, linguistics, and the philosophy of religion. Both Eastern and Western ways of knowing are represented in our curriculum.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Metal Project - Architectural Iron SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Barely Modern: Aesthetics and Philosophies of Disillusionment FR-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Born into Language: Creative Writing, Philosophy, Sound Art, and Psychoanalysis FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Born into Language: Creative Writing, Philosophy, Sound Art, and Psychoanalysis FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Ceramic Art Practices: Exploring the Role of the Object SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Ceramics: Figuratively Speaking FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Consciousness: Eastern Philosophy of Mind and Contemplative Practices FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Music FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Poetics FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Gastropoetics FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Political Ecology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Crafting Truth: Documentaries for Radio FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Creating Dance: Basic Technique, Theory, and Composition FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Dance of Consciousness FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Dialogue In A Diverse and Divided Society SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Earth Dynamics: People, Place, Technology, and History FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Europe Since 1500 FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 6, 8
European Philosophy: 20th and 21st Century JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Experimental Ensemble Theatre Lab FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Face of the Other: Levinas, Postmodern Ethics, and Jewish Thought FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Formal Deductive Logic FR-SR
  • Summer
4
God(s): An Inquiry SO-SR
  • Winter
16
How to Do Things with Words: poiesis and praxis FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Images of Japan: Arts, Literature, and Cinema FR-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Impossible Objects: Literature, Creative Writing, and Environmental Humanities FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Independent Readings in the French Revolution FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 6, 8
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Spring
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Individual Study: Queer Studies, Performance SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Introduction to European Opera FR-SR
  • Summer
2, 4
Introduction to Game Studies (A) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Introduction to Game Studies (B) FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Islamic Modernity in Global Perspective: A Civilization in Crisis FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Mathematical Systems JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Matter and Motion FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Metalworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Metalworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Metalworking: An Introduction SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Music Intensive: Fundamentals of Music Theory FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Narrative Silences: Literature, Film, and Book Arts JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Philosophy and Social Science That Will Work for You FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Philosophy of Technology SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Photography: Summerwork FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Poetic Truth: Plato’s Dialogues FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Politics and Aesthetics: Critical Theory and Critical Practice SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Psychology and Learning FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Selves, Non-Selves... and Cephalopods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Student-Originated Studies: how to do things with words JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Literary Arts Capstone JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Nature Poetry SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Studio Projects: Outside the Lines FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Art of Bronze : Creative Casting SO-SR
  • Spring
4
The Ethical Imagination FR-SR
  • Summer
4
The Gene: History of an Idea FR-SR
  • Spring
16
The Gene: History of an Idea FR-SR
  • Fall
16
The Meaning of Life through Science and Spirituality FR-SR
  • Fall
16
The Nature and Culture of Natural History FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Word in the Ear: Finnegans Wake and Other Experiments in Music and Language FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 16
Theater and Dance Intensive: Performance Lab FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Therapy Through the Arts (daytime) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Thinking Clearly in Difficult Times FR-SR
  • Winter
8
Truth and Reason FR-SR
  • Spring
12
Undergraduate Research in the Humanities JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Understanding Israel in the Jewish Community FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Viking Economics: Learning from Scandinavia FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Walking to Santiago de Compostela FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Welded Metal Sculpture SO-SR
  • Winter
4
What Are Schools For? FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Writing the Unthinkable: Literary and Philosophical Imaginations FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Africa Is Not a Country FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Between Certainty and Doubt: Logic and Knowledge FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Caring for a Living Planet: Ecology and Ethics SO-SR
  • Fall
8
China and Japan: Traditional and Contemporary "Silk Roads" FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Common Ground: Politics, Faith, and Community FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Communicating Science in the Disinformation Era FR
  • Winter
16
Communicating Science in the Disinformation Era FR
  • Fall
16
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Fall
4
EastWest Psychology: Destructive Mind/Emotion FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Epic Journeys: From Homer to Dante SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Evolutionary Processes from DNA to the Fossil Record JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Existential Thought in Philosophy, Literature, and Arts SO-SR
  • Winter
8, 12, 16
Experiments in Text FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth: Critical Literacy and Critical Numeracy SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
God(s): An Inquiry SO-SR
  • Winter
16
How Do You Know What You Know? SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Inscribing the Body: Embodiment and the Performance of Identity in Creative Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Languages of Unsaying: Islam, Secularism, and American Poetry JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Liberal Education in the College Bubble: Crossing the Political and Cultural Divide FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Medieval Mystics: Artistic Inquiry and Printmaking SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Nietzsche: The Wanderer and His Shadow JR-SR
  • Fall
12, 16
Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Political Economy of Public Education: History and Philosophy SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Shifting the Margins: Revolutionary Writing in Times of Crisis FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Student-Originated Studies: Literature, Philosophy, Myth/Religion and Writing SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Studio Projects: Land and Sky FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Burden of Representation: Photography and What We Show SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Affect Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Theory and Practice of Painting SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Undergraduate Research in the Humanities JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8