Philosophy courses require you to think clearly and reason creatively in order to solve problems. Such critical thinking is the ultimate transferable skill, one which can deepen your understanding of your major field and enhance your skill and efficiency. Philosophy helps you learn how to learn, a crucial ability in rapidly changing fields. In developing your ability to think critically, philosophy courses can help you to develop the most fundamental of skills.
Here at UL Lafayette, all Liberal Arts majors are required to have a minor. The requirements for your minor are established by the department in which you major, so be sure to consult with your advisor when selecting a minor. Typically, the requirement is 18 hours in a field other than your major.
The philosophy program offers two courses that focus on critical thinking: PHIL 201 How to Think About Weird Things and PHIL 202 Critical Thinking. PHIL 202 focuses more on deductive argumentation, and PHIL 201 focuses more on inductive argumentation and psychological errors. Both courses are a good place to begin developing your critical thinking skills. These courses also help prepare you for a more advanced course in logic, PHIL 361 Symbolic Logic.
Because of recent debacles such as the Enron scandal, employers are increasingly concerned that their employees have high ethical standards and can be trusted. If you intend to pursue a professional career, an extensive background in ethics may help to demonstrate your commitment to high ethical standards. Philosophy courses such as PHIL 316 Professional Ethics, PHIL 111 Contemporary Moral Dilemmas, and PHIL 314 Ethics can help give you the information you need to make well thought out ethical decisions.
If you are pursuing interests in history, you may find that a knowledge of historical philosophical movements supplements your understanding of historical events. Philosophy courses such as PHIL 321 Plato, Aristotle and the Ancients, PHIL 322 History of Modern Philosophy, PHIL 327 Existentialism and Phenomenology, PHIL 329 Topics in the History of Philosophy and PHIL 428 Seminar in the History of Philosophy may be of particular interest.
If you have interests in psychology or sociology, you may be interested in the philosophical theories about the nature of the mind as well as the nature of science. Courses such as PHIL 340 Philosophy of Mind, PHIL 349 Topics in Mind and Cognition, PHIL 448 Seminar in Mind and Cognition, and PHIL 342 Philosophy of Science discuss such theories.
If you have an interest in law or government related fields, you may be interested in the variety of ethics courses listed above as well as courses in critical thinking, and PHIL 319 Philosophy of Law.
If you have an interest in classic literature, you may benefit from reading philosophical classics in the history of philosophy courses mentioned above.
We offer a popular course in philosophy and pop culture, PHIL 373 Topics in Philosophy and Culture.
We also offer courses on a wide variety of other topics, such as PHIL 331 Philosophy of Religion, PHIL 343 Paradox, Skepticism, and Knowledge, and many other issues in courses such as PHIL 371 Topics in Philosophy.
In sum, there are a variety of courses offered by the philosophy program that will supplement a wide variety of interests.