Logic Introductions

The philosophy department offers serval kinds of logic courses. At its most formal, logic involves studying the general properties of arguments and languages in much the same way as a mathematician studies an abstract system of numbers. At its least formal, logic is the study of arguments and the variety of mistakes people are prone to make in trying to defend their views.

Philosophy 180 is a combination of formal and "informal" logic. It is taught in the lecture/discussion format, and uses an on-line application for homework assignments and exams. The lecture is taught by faculty with discussion sections led by graduate student instructors.

Philosophy 201 is an introduction to logic at an elementary level. It is designed both to improve critical reasoning skills and to provide an introduction to formal logic. The course is taught by advanced graduate student instructors in independent sections of 25 students.

Philosophy 303 (which counts toward the BS, MSA, QR/1 requirements) is the Department's basic introduction to formal or symbolic logic. Limited to 50 students, it is taught by faculty, in a combination lecture/discussion format.

Philosophy 296 (BS, MSA, QR/1), for Honors students, is faster-paced than 303 and covers a wider variety of topics. It is taught by faculty and does not divide into sections.

Philosophy 414 (BS, QR/1) is an advanced course in formal logic. It is taught by faculty and does not divide into sections.

Any of 296, 303, and 414 (but not 180 or 201) satisfy the logic requirement for the major. Logic requirements for the Department's four minors may be found under Degree Programs.