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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

CBU's School of Christian Ministries’ philosophy program is designed to challenge students to think deeply about the faith so that they can know what they believe and why they believe it. CBU philosophy students learn to recognize, analyze and engage the central issues of human existence through a historical context. During the course of study, students cover such topics as 20th-century ethics, comparative religions, apologetics, metaphysics, Western philosophy and logic.

CBU philosophy majors are equipped to integrate Christian faith in learning and living. The apologetic component of the philosophy program enables you to “be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you” as instructed in 1 Peter 3:15.

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in philosophy equips students with the critical thinking and communications skills essential in a wide variety of careers options including:

Biomedical ethics
Business consulting
Computer systems design
Historical research
Intelligence analysis
School teaching/counseling
Philosophy Program Student Outcomes

Philosophy Major (48 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements

CST110 Old Testament Survey

CST110 Old Testament Survey

A general survey of the Old Testament, with special emphasis given to the religious and national life of ancient Israel. Fulfills general education requirement for non-majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CST110-E E Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 01/08/2014 Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sch Business Building
253
Spring 2014 CST110-C C Wilson, Danny K. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2014 CST110-D D Co, Adamson 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2014 CST110-B B Mooney, David Jeffrey 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Mission Hall
109
Spring 2014 CST110-A A Mooney, David Jeffrey 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Mission Hall
109
Fall 2014 CST110-B B Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 CST110-A A Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 CST110-F F Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 CST110-E E Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 CST110-G G Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
ONLN
Fall 2014 CST110-C C Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
124
Fall 2014 CST110-D D Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
124
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CST130 New Testament Survey

CST130 New Testament Survey

A general survey of the New Testament, focusing on the life of Jesus and the development of the early church in its historical/cultural settings. Fulfills general education requirement for non-majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 CST130-F F Co, Adamson 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Sch Business Building
104
Spring 2014 CST130-E E Wilson, Danny K. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Sch Business Building
251
Spring 2014 CST130-D D Cate, James J. 01/08/2014 Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2014 CST130-B B Cate, James J. 01/08/2014 Tuesday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2014 CST130-C C Cate, James J. 01/08/2014 Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Sch Business Building
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Spring 2014 CST130-A A Cate, James J. 01/08/2014 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 CST130-A A Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 CST130-B B Slunaker, Joseph Gregory 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 CST130-C C Cate, James J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 CST130-E E Cate, James J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 CST130-D D Cate, James J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
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PHI213 Intro to Philosophy

PHI213 Intro to Philosophy

This course introduces students to the meaning and basic categories of philosophy such as epistemology and philosophy of religion. This is accomplished through an exploration of the primary issues and central figures within the discipline. Particular relevance is given to the development of a Christian World-view and the role philosophy plays in life and culture. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI213-E E Mosteller, Timothy 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Mission Hall
125
Spring 2014 PHI213-D D Mosteller, Timothy 01/08/2014 Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM James Complex
192
Spring 2014 PHI213-A A Bates, Todd 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM The Village at CBU
300
Spring 2014 PHI213-C C Bates, Todd 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM James Complex
192
Spring 2014 PHI213-B B Key, Scott B. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Sch Business Building
104
Fall 2014 PHI213-D D Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Thursday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
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Fall 2014 PHI213-A A Welbaum, Sam 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 PHI213-B B Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 PHI213-C C Key, Scott B. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
123
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Upper Division Philosophy Requirements

PHI300 Logic

PHI300 Logic

A systematized study of the canons and criteria of validity in thought and its rational expression by considering the processes of reasoning and inference with applications in propositional logic, natural deduction, predicate logic and induction. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI300-A A Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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PHI301 History of Western Philosophy I

PHI301 History of Western Philosophy I

This course is the first of a two-semester study introducing students to the history of Western philosophy. This first part begins with the origins of philosophy in ancient Greece and ends with the Late Middle Ages. Particular attention is given to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI301-A A Key, Scott B. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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PHI302 History of Western Philosophy II

PHI302 History of Western Philosophy II

This course is the second of a two-semester study introducing students to the history of Western philosophy. This second part begins with the origins of modern philosophy in the seventeenth century and ends with the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to Descartes, Hume, and Kant. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI302-A A Key, Scott B. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Yeager Center
B221
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PHI303 Apologetics

PHI303 Apologetics

This course will examine the emergence of apologetics within the life of the church, highlight various approaches, arguments, and central figures, and the role of apologetics in development of a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI303-A A Welbaum, Sam 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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PHI320 Epistemology

PHI320 Epistemology

This course is a study of the perennial questions in the philosophical discipline of Epistemology, or Theory of Knowledge. It provides an introduction to the major parts of an account of knowledge including the nature of belief, justification, and truth. In addition, this course surveys various problems including skepticism, relativism, and the objectivity of knowledge. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI320-A A Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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PHI323 Ethics

PHI323 Ethics

This course is an appraisal of the major metaethical positions within Western philosophy such as deontological, utilitarian, and virtue ethics in light of the Christian World-view for the purpose of analyzing and synthesizing theories regarding human conduct. Attention is given to major figures in the history of ethics as well as the nature of ethical language and the concept of value. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI323-A A Key, Scott B. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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PHI343 Philosophy of Religion

PHI343 Philosophy of Religion

This course introduces students to the specific branch of philosophy known as philosophy of religion. This occurs through an examination of the major issues within the discipline such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the nature of religious language. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI343-A A Bates, Todd 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Yeager Center
B258
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PHI363 Metaphysics

PHI363 Metaphysics

This course is a study of the basic questions regarding reality as they have developed within Western philosophy. The study will examine such topics as matter, form substance, existence, and such movements as idealism, nominalism, realism, and materialism. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI363-A A Key, Scott B. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM James Complex
376
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PHI499 Senior Project

PHI499 Senior Project

A senior capstone course designed to demonstrate the competence of Philosophy majors in the discipline and showcase their research and writing skills. The portfolio produced by the student in completion of this project must conform to the departmental guidelines for Senior Projects. Prerequisite: Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI499-A A Key, Scott B. 01/08/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
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Fall 2014 PHI499-A A Key, Scott B. 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
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Twentieth Century Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete six (6) units from the following

PHI420 Readngs in 20th Cent Epistmology

PHI420 Readngs in 20th Cent Epistmology

This course is a study of 20th Century Epistemology. It provides an introduction to the major figures and movements of contemporary epistemology. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring even years)

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PHI421 Twentieth-century Ethics

PHI421 Twentieth-century Ethics

A study of 20th century meta-ethics. The course provides an introduction, rooted in primary texts, of the major figures and movements of the 20th thought and seeks to investigate and assess these figures and movements in light of the convictions of the Christian world view. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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PHI422 Twentieth-century Philosophy

PHI422 Twentieth-century Philosophy

A study of 20th century philosophy. The course provides an introduction, rooted in primary texts, of the major figures and movements of the 20th thought and seeks to investigate and assess these figures and movements in light of the convictions of the Christian world view. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall even years)

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PHI433 Apologetics: Theory and Method

PHI433 Apologetics: Theory and Method

An analysis of the various methods used, the logic employed, the philosophical assumptions utilized, and the potential effectiveness of the major approaches to the apologetic task currently debated by contemporary apologists. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI433-A A Bates, Todd 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Sch Business Building
250
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POL429 Critic Pol Phil & Postmodrnsm

POL429 Critic Pol Phil & Postmodrnsm

This course examines 20th century responses to modernity and its political and social theories. It focuses on continental philosophers and relates their ideas to contemporary society and politics. It begins with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and its criticisms of modern culture, and then moves from Nietzschean and Heideggerian thought to the hermeneutic theory of Gadamer and Ricoeur. After this, the course assesses the political relevance of the poststructuralism of Foucault, Derrida, and Lyotard. It concludes with Habermas' discourse ethics and deliberative democracy. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring odd years)

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Special Interests in Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

PHI312 Aesthetics

PHI312 Aesthetics

An introduction to philosophical aesthetics, which has been marginalized and often ignored in philosophical discourse during the past four hundred years. During the last few decades the questions posted by aesthetics have moved back into the center of the philosophical discussion, including the use of the concept by “post-modern” thinkers. The course seeks to bring the student into the longer conversation concerning beauty, “retrieve” important elements that have been lost, and provide a basis for further study. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall odd years)

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PHI324 Applied Ethics

PHI324 Applied Ethics

An exploration of the application of various metaethical theories to ethical questions and issues that arise in various arenas of life. The study involves both the examination of methods as well as cases. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

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PHI353 Comparative Religions

PHI353 Comparative Religions

This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI353-C C Mosteller, Timothy 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Yeager Center
B220
Spring 2014 PHI353-B B Stumpf, Amy R. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Yeager Center
A110
Spring 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Yeager Center
A110
Summer 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 05/05/2014 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sch Business Building
103
Fall 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
204
Fall 2014 PHI353-B B Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
204
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PHI400 Special Studies

PHI400 Special Studies

Concentration on specific philosophical areas as particular periods, traditional philosophical classifications, or individual philosophers. Course is repeatable for credit with a change in topic. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 PHI400-A A Anacker, Gayne J. 01/08/2014 Tuesday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center
B222
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PHI403 Cultural Apologetics

PHI403 Cultural Apologetics

A study of the ways in which the truth of the Gospel and of the Christian worldview are reflected in popular culture through art, literature, film, music, and television. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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Political Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

POL423 Classical Political Philosophy

POL423 Classical Political Philosophy

This course examines the origin of Western political, social, and legal thought in order to understand the present through the great political works of the past. It begins in ancient Greece in early democratic Athens and moves through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. From there, the course explores classical Rome, focusing on Polybius and Cicero. Since the advent of Christianity shapes the development of medieval political thought, the political thought of St. Augustine, John of Salisbury, St. Thomas Aquinas, Marsilio of Padua, Dante, and Thomas More are discussed. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

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POL425 Modern Political Philosophy

POL425 Modern Political Philosophy

This course entails a comparative study of modern social, legal, and political philosophy, from the Renaissance toward the present by focusing on the great works of the Western traditions, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesqueie, Kant, Hegel, Bentham, Marx, Mill. The course examines the relationship between these various political philosophers and the modern political world. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 POL425-A A Luther, Timothy C. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM James Complex
036
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