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1101. Problems of Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics may include skepticism, proofs of God, knowledge of the external world, induction, free-will, the problem of evil, miracles, liberty and equality. CA 1.

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1102. Philosophy and Logic

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Techniques for evaluating inductive and deductive arguments; applications to specific arguments about philosophical topics, for example the mind-body problem or free will vs. determinism. CA 1.

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1103. Philosophical Classics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Discussion of selections from such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Hume. CA 1.

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1104. Philosophy and Social Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics may include the nature of the good life, the relation between social morality and individual rights, and practical moral dilemmas. CA 1.

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1105. Philosophy and Religion

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics may include proofs of the existence of God, the relation of religious discourse to other types of discourse, and the nature of religious commitment. CA 1.

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1106. Non-western and Comparative Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classic non-Western texts on such problems as the nature of reality and of our knowledge of it, and the proper requirements of social ethics, along with comparison to classic Western approaches to the same problems. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1107. Philosophy and Gender

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: No student may receive more than 6 credits for PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics concern social ethics and gender, such as gender equality and the impact of gender norms on individual freedom. Specific topics are examined in light of the intersections between gender and race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. CA 1. CA 4.

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1165W. Philosophy and Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Philosophical problems raised by, and illuminated in, major works of literature. CA 1.

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1175. Ethical Issues in Health Care

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories of ethics, with specific application to ethical issues in modern health care. CA 1.

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2170W. Bioethics and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective

Also offered as: HRTS 2170W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Philosophical examination of the ethical and human rights implications of recent advances in the life and biomedical sciences from multiple religious and cultural perspectives. CA 1.

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2205. Aesthetics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

The fundamentals of aesthetics, including an analysis of aesthetic experience and judgment, and a study of aesthetic types, such as the beautiful, tragic, comic and sublime. Recent systematic and experimental findings in relation to major theories of the aesthetic experience.

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2208. Epistemology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories of knowledge and justification. Topics may include skepticism, induction, confirmation, perception, memory, testimony, a priori knowledge.

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2208W. Epistemology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories of knowledge and justification. Topics may include skepticism, induction, confirmation, perception, memory, testimony, a priori knowledge.

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2210. Metaphysics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental questions about the nature of things. Topics may include universals and particulars, parts and wholes, space and time, possibility and necessity, persistence and change, causation, persons, free will.

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2210W. Metaphysics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental questions about the nature of things. Topics may include universals and particulars, parts and wholes, space and time, possibility and necessity, persistence and change, causation, persons, free will.

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2211Q. Symbolic Logic I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of LING 1010, POLS 1002, PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Systematic analysis of deductive validity; formal languages which mirror the logical structure of portions of English; semantic and syntactic methods of verifying relations of logical consequence for these languages.

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2212. Philosophy of Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues concerning the nature and foundations of scientific knowledge, including, for example, issues about scientific objectivity and progress.

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2212W. Philosophy of Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues concerning the nature and foundations of scientific knowledge, including, for example, issues about scientific objectivity and progress.

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2215. Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Judgments of good and evil, right and justice, the moral 'ought' and freedom; what do such judgments mean, is there any evidence for them, and can they be true?

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2215W. Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Judgments of good and evil, right and justice, the moral 'ought' and freedom; what do such judgments mean, is there any evidence for them, and can they be true?

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2217. Social and Political Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptual, ontological, and normative issues in political life and thought; political obligation; collective responsibility; justice; liberty; equality; community; the nature of rights; the nature of law; the justification of punishment; related doctrines of classic and contemporary theorists such as Plato, Rousseau, John Rawls.

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2221. Ancient Philosophy

Also offered as: CAMS 3257

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Greek philosophy from its origin in the Pre-Socratics through its influence on early Christianity. Readings from the works of Plato and Aristotle. Taught in English.

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2221W. Ancient Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Greek philosophy from its origin in the Pre-Socratics through its influence on early Christianity. Readings from the works of Plato and Aristotle.

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2222. Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Central philosophical issues as discussed by philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant.

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2222W. Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Central philosophical issues as discussed by philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant.

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2410. Know Thyself

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Nature, value and limitations of self-knowledge; introspection, unconscious phenomena, self- deception, affective forecasting, interaction of neurophysiological and psychological explanations of behavior. Western as well as non-Western (specifically Buddhist) perspectives on the self. Readings from classical and contemporary sources. CA 1.

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3200. Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Life

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits with a change of topic.

Grading Basis: Graded

Philosophical dimensions of problems in contemporary life. Topics vary by semester.

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3214. Symbolic Logic II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PHIL 2211.

Grading Basis: Graded

Logical concepts developed in Philosophy 2211 applied to the study of philosophical issues in the foundations of mathematics.

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3216. Environmental Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, PHIL 1102, PHIL 1103, PHIL 1104, PHIL 1105, PHIL 1106, PHIL 1107; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Inquiry into obligations to, or concerning, the environment, particularly the moral standing of animals, species, ecosystems, and natural objects.

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3216W. Environmental Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Inquiry into obligations to, or concerning, the environment, particularly the moral standing of animals, species, ecosystems, and natural objects.

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3218. Feminist Theory

Also offered as: WGSS 3218

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107 or WGSS 1104, 1105 or 1124.

Grading Basis: Graded

Philosophical issues in feminist theory. Topics may include the nature of gender difference, the injustice of male domination and its relation to other forms of domination, the social and political theory of women's equality in the home, in the workplace, and in politics.

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3219. Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3219

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: One three credit course in Philosophy or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

What are human rights? Why are they important? Topics may include the philosophical precursors of human rights, the nature and justification of human rights, or contemporary issues bearing on human rights. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3219W. Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3219W

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: One three-credit course in Philosophy or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

What are human rights? Why are they important? Topics may include the philosophical precursors of human rights, the nature and justification of human rights, or contemporary issues bearing on human rights. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3220. Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3220

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Ontology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts. CA 1.

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3220W. Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3220W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Ontology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts. CA 1.

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3225W. Analysis and Ordinary Language

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; At least one from PHIL 2210, 2221 or 2222 .

Grading Basis: Graded

The reaction, after Russell, against formal theories and the belief in an ideal language, and the turn to familiar common-sense "cases" and everyday language in judging philosophical claims. Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Ryle and Strawson.

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3226. Philosophy of Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

The nature of law; law's relation to morality; law's relation to social facts; the obligation to obey the law; interpreting texts; spheres of law; international law; the justification of state punishment; the good of law; related doctrines of contemporary theorists such as Herbert Hart and Ronald Dworkin.

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3228. American Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, PHIL 1102, PHIL 1103, PHIL 1104, PHIL 1105, PHIL 1106, PHIL 1107; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Doctrines advanced by recent American philosophers.

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3231. Philosophy of Religion

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Various religious absolutes, their meaning and validity, existentialism and religion, the post-modern religious quest.

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3241. Language: Meaning and Truth

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PHIL 1102 or 2211; At least one of PHIL 2210, 2221 or 2222 .

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the concepts used in thinking about language.

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3247. Philosophy of Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2500 or 3500 or 3550 or 3551 or 3552; one three credit philosophy course or consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptual issues in theoretical psychology. Topics may include computational models of mind, the language of thought, connectionism, neuropsychological deficits, and relations between psychological models and the brain.

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3247W. Philosophy of Psychology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2500 or 3500 or 3550 or 3551 or 3552; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; one three credit philosophy course or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptual issues in theoretical psychology. Topics may include computational models of mind, the language of thought, connectionism, neuropsychological deficits, and relations between psychological models and the brain.

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3249W. Philosophy and Neuroscience

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One 2000 level or above, three credit course in PNB and one 2000 level or above, three credit course in PHIL or instructor's consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Philosophical issues in neuroscience. Topics may include theories of brain function, localization of function, reductionism, neuropsychological deficits, computational models in neuroscience, connectionism, and evolution.

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3250. Philosophy of Mind

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one 2000 level, three credit philosophy course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind. Topics may include the nature of the mental; the mind-body problem, the analysis of sensory experience, the problem of intentionality, and psychological explanation.

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3250W. Philosophy of Mind

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one 2000 level or above, three credit, philosophy course or consent of instructor; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind. Topics may include the nature of the mental; the mind-body problem, the analysis of sensory experience, the problem of intentionality, and psychological explanation.

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3256. Philosophy of Perception

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2501 or 3501 or 3550 or 3552; One 2000 level or above, 3 credit course in PHIL.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptual problems in contemporary models of perception. Topics may include the nature of color perception, direct perception and its alternatives, computation and representation in perception, and the connections between perception and awareness.

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3256W. Philosophy of Perception

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 2501 or 3501 or 3550 or 3552; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; one 2000 level or above, three credit course in PHIL.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conceptual problems in contemporary models of perception. Topics may include the nature of color perception, direct perception and its alternatives, computation and representation in perception, and the connections between perception and awareness.

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3261. Medieval Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, PHIL 1102, PHIL 1103, PHIL 1104, PHIL 1105, PHIL 1106, PHIL 1107; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings from the principal philosophers between the fourth and fourteenth centuries.

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3261W. Medieval Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings from the principal philosophers between the fourth and fourteenth centuries.

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3263. Asian Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, PHIL 1102, PHIL 1103, PHIL 1104, PHIL 1105, PHIL 1106, PHIL 1107; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The historical, religious, and philosophical development of Asian systems of thought.

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3264. Classical Chinese Philosophy and Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One from PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106 or 1107.

Grading Basis: Graded

Classical Chinese philosophy, including such works as The Analects of Confucius and the works of Chuang Tzu, and their influence on Chinese culture.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced and individual work. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

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4293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. Consent of Department Head required, preferably prior to the student's departure.

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4296W. Senior Thesis in Philosophy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Twelve credits in Philosophy at the 2000 level or above, three of which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Independent study authorization form required.

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4995. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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4998. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

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