Minor Program in Logic and Philosophy of Science
The Logic and Philosophy of Science Minor primarily aims at developing philosophical skills of undergraduate students in Natural Science and Engineering programs. One purpose of this Minor is to contribute to the broadening of these students' understanding of the conceptual foundations of science in general and specific natural sciences in particular.
Since logic teaches techniques of correct reasoning, the general purpose of the Logic and Philosophy of Science Minor is to enhance students' reasoning skills and thus to increase their efficiency in problem solving in their own disciplines. Logic is also recognized as the foundational study of the so-called Formal Sciences such as Mathematics and Computer Science. Therefore, the Logic and Philosophy of Science Minor also aims at contributing to the students' understanding of the conceptual foundations of the Formal-Disciplines they are studying.
However, Logic is by no means confined to Mathematical disciplines, since correct reasoning is essential to any field of study. Thus, the Logic and Philosophy of Science Minor could be recommended to undergraduate students of all departments of the University.
PHIL 103 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
PHIL 203 Modern Logic I
PHIL 381 Scientific Method I
PHIL 382 Scientific Method II
Minor Programs in History of Philosophy
The objective of the History of Philosophy Minor is to provide philosophico-historical perspective especially to Human and Social Science majors in their professional studies. The need for such a background arises from the fact that a deep understanding of the basic concepts of Human and Social Sciences, in particular those pertaining to Psychology, Sociology, Education, Politics, Economics, Literature and the Fine Arts, requires philosophical scrutiny of these concepts. The reason for demanding a historical perspective is that knowledge of development and change of these concepts through time is very important for a complete understanding of these notions at present. Nevertheless the History of Philosophy Minor could also be recommended to students from all Departments of the University, because a broad historico-philosophical outlook is useful for a deeper appreciation of scientific and mathematical concepts as well.
PHIL 145 History of Ancient Philosophy I
PHIL 341 History of 17th and 18th Cent. Philosophy I
PHIL 342 History of 17th and 18th Cent. Philosophy II