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Department of Philosophy

Last updated 27 February 2014

An immersion is a set of three related general education courses in a focused area linked by a theme or discipline. The Department of Philosophy is home to four immersions:

  1. Philosophy Immersion (code: PHIL-IM)
  2. Ethics Immersion (code: ETHICS-IM)
  3. Religious Studies Immersion (code: RELST-IM)
  4. Global Justice and Peace Studies Immersion (code: GLOJUST-IM)

A complete list of all immersions at R.I.T. is available here.


1. Philosophy Immersion (code: PHIL-IM)

Coordinator:
Professor John T. Sanders
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-2465
Email: jtsgsh@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 3112

The Philosophy Immersion provides students with an opportunity to study the nature, methods, problems and achievements of philosophical inquiry. The immersion emphasizes the following goals: the ability to think rationally and critically, an awareness of ethical values, an appreciation of aesthetic values, an awareness of how the past affects the present and future, and an understanding of the relationship between individuals and the social settings with which they interact.

Note: Philosophy Majors are not eligible to take this immersion.

Requirements: any three philosophy courses at the 200 level or above. Here is a complete list of them. (Click on course names for brief course descriptions.)

PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 202Foundations of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 203Modern Philosophy
PHIL 204Introduction to Logic
PHIL 301Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 302Symbolic Logic
PHIL 303Philosophy of Art/Aesthetics
PHIL 304Philosophy of Law
PHIL 305Philosophy of Peace
PHIL 306Professional Ethics
PHIL 307Philosophy of Technology
PHIL 308Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 309Feminist Theory
PHIL 310Theories of Knowledge
PHIL 311East Asian Philosophy
PHIL 312American Philosophy
PHIL 313Philosophy of Film
PHIL 314Philosophy of Vision and Imaging
PHIL 4011Great Thinkers
PHIL 4022Philosophy of Science
PHIL 4033Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 4041Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 4054Philosophy of the Social Sciences
PHIL 4065Contemporary Philosophy
PHIL 4071Philosophy of Action
PHIL 4081Critical Social Theory
PHIL 4091Existentialism
PHIL 4105Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 4115Metaphysics
PHIL 4125Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
PHIL 4131Philosophy and Literary Theory
PHIL 4141Philosophy of Language
PHIL 4156Ethical Theory
PHIL 4167Seminar in Philosophy
PHIL 4491Special Topics
PHIL 571Honors Philosophy

1 Prerequisite: at least one prior course in philosophy.

2 Prerequisite: one 200 or higher level course, or a major in COS or CHST or PSYC-BS, or permission of instructor.

3 Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, political science, sociology, or criminal justice, or permission of instructor.

4 Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or one course in social science, or permission of instructor.

5 Prerequisite: one 200 or higher level philosophy course, or permission of instructor.

6 Prerequisite: PHIL 202 (Foundations of Moral Philosophy), or permission of instructor.

7 Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy.
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2. Ethics Immersion (code: ETHICS-IM)

Coordinator:
Professor Lawrence Torcello
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-2327
Email: lgtghs@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 1303

The Ethics Immersion provides students with opportunities to study different theories of how we ought to live our lives, to recognize and understand ethical dilemmas, and to develop solutions to ethical problems. The Immersion emphasizes the following goals: an ability to recognize ethical issues and to think rationally and critically about them; an awareness of how ethical problems can result from complex social structures; an understanding of the relationaship between individuals and the social settings with which they interact; and an appreciation of the conditions necessary for effectively resolving problems.

Note: Philosophy Majors are not eligible to take this immersion.

Requirements: PHIL 202 (Foundations of Moral Philosophy) or PHIL 415 (Ethical Theory), plus any other two of the following courses. (Philosophy course titles are links to course descriptions.)

PHIL 2021 Foundations of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 304Philosophy of Law
PHIL 305Philosophy of Peace
PHIL 306Professional Ethics
PHIL 308Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 309Feminist Theory
PHIL 4032Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 4151,2Ethical Theory
MGMT 340 Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

1 Students are required to take either PHIL 202 (Foundations of Moral Philosophy) or PHIL 415 (Ethical Theory).

2 Prerequisite: one 200 or higher level course, or permission of instructor.
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3. Religious Studies Immersion (code: RELST-IM)

Coordinator:
Professor Brian Schroeder
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-6346
Email: brian.schroeder@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 3110

Religion plays a major role in human affairs. To understand the nature of the relationship between society and the individual, it is essential to have some understanding of religion. The Religious Studies Immersion engages students in the study of religion from the perspective of major Western and non-Western traditions through courses in disciplines such as as anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, and psychology.

Requirements: any three of the following courses. (Philosophy course titles are links to course descriptions.) Students must complete the Immersion with three courses from at least two distinct disciplines. Philosophy majors must take two courses in disciplines other than Philosophy. Special Topics courses in all departments and Great Thinkers course in the Philosophy Department will be considered on an individual basis, subject to approval by the Religious Studies Immersion coordinator.

ANTH 245 Ritual and Performance
ENGL 409Mythology and Literature
HIST 369Histories of Christianity
PHIL 301Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 311East Asian Philosophy
PHIL 4091Existentialism
PHIL 4102Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 4113Metaphysics
PHIL 4123Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
PSYC 2384Psychology of Religion

1 Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy, or permission of instructor. Student must also obtain the approval of the Religious Studies coordinator.

2 Prerequisite: one 200 level or higher course (PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy is strongly recommended), or permission of instructor.

3 Prerequisite: one 200 or higher level course, or permission of the instructor. Student must also obtain the approval of the Religious Studies Immersion coordinator.

4Prerequisite: PSYC 101 (Introduction of Psychology), or permission of instructor.
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4. Global Justice and Peace Studies Immersion (code: GLOJUST-IM)

Coordinator:
Professor Lawrence Torcello
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-2327
Email: lgtghs@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 1303

The Global Justice and Peace Studies Immersion examines attempts to effect lasting accord and social justice on the international scale. Courses in philosophy and the social sciences help students to understand concepts of human rights, world poverty, and global solidarity. The goal of the Immersion is to elucidate the link between concepts of peace and justice while assessing non-violent means of conflict resolution.

Requirements: three of the following courses, from at least two different disciplines. (Philosophy course titles are links to course descriptions.)

PHIL 202 Foundations of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 304 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 305 Philosophy of Peace
PHIL 308Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 309Feminist Theory
PHIL 4031Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 4152Ethical Theory
ANTH 3303Cultural Images of War
ANTH 3453Genocide and Post Conflict Justice
POLS 3204American Foreign Policy
POLS 4404War and the State

1 Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, political science, sociology, or criminal justice, or permission of instructor.

2 Prerequisite: PHIL 202 (Foundations of Moral Philosophy), or permission of instructor.

3 Prerequisite: INGS 101, ANTH 102, or permission of instructor.

4 Prerequisite: POLS 110, POLS 120.
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