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199 Thanatos - A Humanities Approach to Death and Dying (Psychology 199)
3 credit hours

Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

A survey of the basic ideas about death, as revealed in works of literature, music, and art, and in the writings of religious and philosophical thinkers. It is designed to show how men have faced the ultimate questions in a variety of environments and historical contexts. The course deals with the practical problems of grief, hope for the future and adjustment to one's own approaching death and personal loss. Included will be various expressions in artistic form of attitudes about death, e.g., Verdi's and Mozart's requiems, "Death of Ivan Ilych" by Tolstoy, The Duino Elegies of Rilke, and other works.

201 Introduction to Philosophy
3 credit hours

Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

The meaning and scope of philosophy, its typical problems and theories, its relations to sciences, morality, and religion. Essentials of representative types of philosophy, including naturalism, pragmatism, dualism, idealism, and mysticism.

202 Ethics
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

An introduction to the meaning and method of ethics, with special emphasis on the problems of personal and social ethics. A special section of the course will deal with types of proposed solutions to ethical problems from the past. Emphasis will be placed on the ethics of both religion and humanism.

204 Comparative Religions
3 credit hours

Three hours lecture and discussion a week.

An introductory study of man's religions. The course will begin with a study of ancient religions, including those of Greece and Rome. Its concentration will be on Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. An effort will be made to stress the more ethical systems, which form an essential part of religion.