PHIL 100

Multicultural Introduction to Philosophy

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 3, 2017 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Have you ever wondered how people from different cultures think about important life questions differently from one country or culture to the next? How do different cultures understand life's meaning? How do different cultures understand the nature of death? How do people in different cultures make sense of their place in the world? How do they see their moral responsibilities to one another? Through philosophical readings from a wide variety of cultures, this course explores these and other questions of inter-cultural philosophical significance. You will leave the course with a greater understanding of how people from a variety of cultures attempt to answer these important life questions.

Learning outcomes


  • Understand various cultures' approach to crucial life questions such as the nature of death and the bounds of moral responsibility.
  • Attain that understanding through an investigation of various cultures' writings in philosophy and the humanities.
  • Use the work of the course to reflect on personal beliefs and attitudes about these central questions.
  • Develop a beginning understanding of critical analysis of work in philosophy.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.