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Active as of Fall Semester 2016

I. General Information

1. Course Title:
Honors Critical Thinking

2. Course Prefix & Number:
PHIL 1422

3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:

Credits: 3

Lecture Hours: 3

4. Course Description:

The Honors Critical Thinking philosophy course focuses on teaching skills needed for effective evaluation of belief, better decision-making, and precision communication. Course content is divided into three areas: (1) principles of informal logic; (2) psychological pitfalls that distort thought; and (3) uses and abuses of language. Students will learn to construct bias-free, sound, and cogent arguments. Emphasis will be on communication, presenting and defending arguments in class debate, short presentations, and a series of written assignments. Each semester will feature a class-determined investigative project dealing with a single topic such as, for example: the lures of pseudoscience, medical quackery, deception in advertising, and media and institutional bias. Courses in the Honors Program emphasize independent inquiry, informed discourse, and direct application within small, transformative, and seminar-style classes that embrace detailed examinations of the material and feature close working relationships with instructors. In addition, students learn to leverage course materials so that they can affect the world around them in positive ways.

5. Placement Tests Required:

Accuplacer (specify test): Reading Score: 100
Other (specify test): ACT Score: 24

6. Prerequisite Courses:

PHIL 1422 - Honors Critical Thinking

There are no prerequisites for this course.

7. Other Prerequisites

OR permission from the instructor or Honors Coordinator, or high school GPA of 3.5 or greater.

9. Co-requisite Courses:

PHIL 1422 - Honors Critical Thinking

There are no corequisites for this course.