Introduction to Philosophy

Catalog Number
PHIx101
Exam Type
Multiple Choice
Credit / Level
3.0 / Lower

The UExcel Introduction to Philosophy examination is based on material typically taught in a one-semester, three-credit, lower-level undergraduate (survey) course in philosophy. The content reflects basic knowledge drawn from course offerings with such titles as Introduction to Philosophy or Basic Philosophical Issues. The examination measures knowledge of facts and terminology and an understanding of logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. The examination also measures the ability to engage in logical reasoning, knowledge of the history of philosophy, and the different approaches to various philosophical problems. No previous knowledge of philosophy is assumed for this examination. (Multiple-choice examination)

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