Liberal Studies Concentration

1. Complete 15 upper-division units in Philosophy, and at least 21

units total, from the categories listed below. (Note: Only 6 of these units can be used to fulfill Liberal Studies BA or General Education breadth requirements.)

Choose one course from each of the following two clusters (6 units):

2. Critical Thinking (choose one):

PHIL 2000 Philosophical Inquiry (3) GE A-3
PHIL 2100 Logic (3)

3. History and Methods (choose one):

PHIL 1010 Introduction to Philosophy (3) GE C-2
PHIL 2200 Ancient Philosophy (3) GE C-2
PHIL 2230 Modern Philosophy (3) GE C-2
PHIL 2700 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3) GE C-2
PHIL 3010 Classics of Western Philosophy (3) GE F-2

Choose your remaining courses from the following clusters (15 units):

4. Ethics & Value Inquiry (choose at least two courses):

PHIL 2400 Contemporary Moral Issues (3) GE C-2
PHIL 2500 Philosophy and Film (3)
PHIL 3400 Ethics (4) WP
PHIL 4401 Professional Ethics (3) GE F-2
PHIL 4450 Philosophy of Religion (4) WP
PHIL 4500 Philosophy of Art (4) WP

5. Self and Context (choose at least two courses):

PHIL 3750 Concepts of Home (3) LIBS 4-C
PHIL 3850 Media, Communication & Community (3) LIBS 4-C
PHIL 4600 Philosophy and Feminism (3)
PHIL 4800 Nature Revisited (3) LIBS 4-C
PHIL 4980 Independent Study (1-2)

Sample Concentrations:

Values and Social/Political Issues:

PHIL 2000 Philosophical Inquiry (3
PHIL 2200 Ancient Philosophy (3)
PHIL 3400 Ethics (4)
PHIL 4450 Philosophy of Religion (4)
PHIL 3750 Concepts of Home (3)
PHIL 4800 Nature Revisited (3)
PHIL 4980 Independent Study: Philosophy for Children (1)

or:

PHIL 2000 Philosophical Inquiry (3)
PHIL 3010 Classics of Western Philosophy (3)
PHIL 2400 Contemporary Moral Issues (3)
PHIL 4450 Philosophy of Religion (4)
PHIL 3750 Concepts of Home (3)
PHIL 4800 Nature Revisited (3)
PHIL 4980 Independent Study: Philosophy for Children (2)

Values and Social/Political Issues:

PHIL 2000 Philosophical Inquiry (3)
PHIL 2700 Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 4401 Professional Ethics (3)
PHIL 4500 Philosophy of Art (4)
PHIL 3750 Concepts of Home (3)
PHIL 4800 Nature Revisited (3)
PHIL 4980 Independent Study: Philosophy for Children (2)

or:

PHIL 2000 Philosophical Inquiry (3)
PHIL 2700 Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 4401 Professional Ethics (3)
PHIL 4500 Philosophy of Art (4)
PHIL 4600 Philosophy & Feminism (3)
PHIL 3850 Media & Community (3)
PHIL 4980 Independent Study: Philosophy for Children (2)

Rationale for the new Concentration:
The previous LIBS Concentration in Philosophy emphasized very traditional coursework in Philosophy, more clearly suited to a student who might otherwise major in Philosophy (if not for the career choice to become an elementary school teacher) than to the student who has chosen a prospective career in elementary school teaching and wants the skills and background to apply philosophy in this context. The new program addresses the needs of Liberal Studies students interested in bringing philosophical thinking to life in their elementary classroom.

The changes reflect a curriculum with theoretical coherence and practical application to the career path of a Liberal Studies student. Students choosing the Concentration in Applied Philosophy will develop basic philosophical capacities to read and analyze philosophical texts and arguments. They will develop skills in ethical analysis and value inquiry, and learn to apply philosophical thinking as a basis for humanistic inquiry concerning socially relevant issues of self and context.

The revised program encourages students to take more than one of the newly developed Applied Philosophy courses in the LIBS Integrative area focused on Humanistic Inquiry. It also includes an independent study project in an area of application concerning philosophy for children.

We have included only those philosophy courses from our curriculum likely to have application to a student's career as an elementary level educator. With more and more research reflecting effective ways to bring philosophical thinking to life in the elementary school classroom setting, we expect these teachers to benefit from philosophical training that prepares them conceptually to develop curricular modules emphasizing methods of philosophical questioning and analysis tailored to the receptive capacities of their students.

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