PHIL 490: Independent Study
Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.
Prereq: 6 credits in PHIL; Permission of Instructor
Guided reading and research on special topics selected to meet needs of advanced students. No more than 9 credits of PHIL 490 may be counted toward graduation.
The philosophy major (33 credits) and minor (15 credits) offer Iowa State University students the opportunity to explore fundamental human questions through reflection and argumentation. Do we have free will? Can machines think? What makes actions right or wrong? What is the nature of knowledge and what can we hope to know? What does justice require, politically and economically? Philosophy classes explore answers to deep questions such as these, encouraging each student to develop and rationally defend their own views.