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PHIL 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Philosophy
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: An introduction to the ideas about such things as the good life, reality, God, the acquisition and characteristics of knowledge, and the nature of humans. Students will evaluate both ancient and modern theories about these issues in terms of their logic, historical significance, and meaning in everyday life, as they practice the methods for doing philosophy. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3801015112


PHIL 1304 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Major World Religions
This is a Texas Common course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or (3) have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading standard.
Course Description: This course surveys the major world religions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are included. The history of religions is covered, but the major emphasis is on current beliefs. Other topics may also be included, such as the nature of religion, tribal religion, and alternatives to religion. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3802015212


PHIL 1316 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, MVC

Religion In American Culture
This is a Texas Common course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in reading.
Course Description: The course is an historic survey of religion in America. It covers important influences from the past and characteristics of current religious groups and movements. Emphasis is on understanding the role of religion in American life. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3802015112


PHIL 1317 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, RLC

An Historic Survey of Major Religions
This is a Texas Common course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in reading.
Course Description: This course is an historic survey of religion in one or more of the major world religions. The course content may vary among semesters to focus on the history and literature of the Bible, or texts and traditions of the major religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity or Islam. College course schedules specify the emphasis for each semester. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3802015112


PHIL 2303 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Logic
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in reading.
Course Description: The critical and correct construction and analysis of arguments using induction, deduction and scientific reasoning. Students will practice analyzing fallacies, definitions, analogies, and uses of language. They will learn to use some of the elementary tools of formal logic, such as Venn diagrams, truth tables, and formal proofs using the rules of inference. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3801015212


PHIL 2306 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Ethics
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: Consideration of what constitutes a good and a moral life. Using classical and contemporary theories, students will weigh such ingredients as pleasure, duty, power, and love as they apply to current issues of daily living. Students may consider ethical problems in business, law, and medicine. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3801015312


PHIL 2307 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: Critical examination of the major theories concerning the organization of societies and government. The relationships of philosophical ideas to the community are presented. Emphasis is on concepts of natural rights, justice, education, freedom, and responsibility. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3801015412


PHIL 2316 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC

History of Ancient Philosophy
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: The history of philosophy from pre-Socratic times to the Renaissance is examined. Connections are made between the pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle; Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Scholasticism are considered. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3801015512


PHIL 2317 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, RLC

History of Modern Philosophy
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Course Description: The history of philosophy from the Renaissance through the 19th century is examined. Emphasis is on continental rationalism, British empiricism, Kantian metaphysics and epistemology, and the Hegelian system as it relates to 20th century philosophies. The historical relationships among these schools of thought are explored. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3801015512


PHIL 2318 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, ECC, RLC

Contemporary Philosophy
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in reading.
Course Description: As a third course in the history of philosophy sequence, this course examines philosophic movements in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis may vary from semester to semester. Existentialism, logical positivism, linguistic philosophy, among others, as well as individual philosophers, may be considered. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3801015512


PHIL 2321 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, RLC

Philosophy of Religion
This is a Texas Common course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standard in reading.
Course Description: Critical investigations of major religious ideas and experiences. Semester topics may include: the nature of religion, the existence of God, world religions, mysticism, sexuality and religion, the interpretation of death or other issues. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 3802015312


PHIL 2389 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Academic Cooperative in Philosophy
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This course will integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on experience. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of philosophy. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2401035212

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Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.