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Interested CCRI honors students and qualified non-CCRI students
FROM: Assistant Professor Paul Leclerc
DATE: 11/13/01

Several interested students have asked me substantive and procedural questions concerning the above course. It is listed in the CCRI Spring 2004 Course Bulletin. I’m presenting the following information on the course in order to answer these questions.  If you still have remaining questions please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.

1. Credits: 3

2. Location: Flanagan campus

3. Day, Time and Room: To be determined

4. Prerequisites: CCRI honors students and non-CCRI students who meet the CCRI Honors Program eligibility standards. Please consult the CCRI 2000-2002 Catalog, page 28, for an official description of the Honors Program. Basically, you should have a 3.25 GPA in at least 15 semester hours. Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1010) and Logic (PHIL 2040) are preparatory for this course, but are not strict prerequisites.

5. Transferability: This course transfers to the University of Rhode Island as equivalent to the upper level courses, PHL 401, 402, Special Problems in Philosophy, and transfers to Rhode Island College as the upper level course, PHIL 393, Independent Study/Readings.

6. Course Description and Academic Information:

PHIL 2090 — Honors Course in Selected Topics in Philosophy

3 Credits
An advanced one semester independent, directed study of a major philosopher (such as, but not limited to Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Kant) or the study of selected problems in any of the main subfields of philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic). This course is available every semester, but students desiring to take it must contact the Chair of the Social Sciences Department (825-2169) at least one month before the end of the previous semester. The Chair will identify a Philosophy faculty member who will work with the student and provide a reading list on the philosopher or on the problems chosen for study. May be repeated once for credit.

(Prerequisite: Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and permission of the instructor.)

7. Course Format: As described above, this course is an “independent, directed study” of 1) a major philosopher, or 2) a selected problem in any of the main subfields of philosophy. Method of instruction includes individual tutorials and group seminar sessions.

8. Course research projects and requirements: The individual study projects must satisfy the conditions stipulated in the course description. However, the precise nature of the written requirements will vary depending on several factors. For example, one student may be better suited at writing several shorter papers rather than one long paper. This area is flexible and negotiable.

9. Instructor:
Paul Leclerc, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Social Sciences
Flanagan 1244
(401) 886-4107