Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Mind & Brain

Mind & Brain Thematic Thread

What is a mind? Do animals have minds, and will machines ever develop them? How does the mental arise in a physical world? This thread will examine the nature of mind, the relation of mind to brain, and the relation of mind to the world. The origin and nature of desires, beliefs, and experiences will be considered, along with questions related to personal identity, the persistence of the self over time, free will and moral responsibility, and the implications of emerging technologies for humanity’s collective sense of self. 

Faculty Liaison: Lisa Schoenberg

Curriculum Guide

Gateway Courses
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Cognitive Studies
Introduction to Consciousness
Modern Western Philosophy
Focused Courses
Select three courses from the following (must include three categories and three departments; two courses must be 300/400 level)9
The Arts
Basic Studio Drawing
Basic Studio Painting
Basic Studio Photography
Basic Studio Printmaking
Basic Studio Metalsmithing
Basic Studio Sculpture
Basic Studio Fiber Art
Basic Studio Ceramics
Basic Studio Graphic Design
Basic Studio Digital Media
Artificial Intelligence in Cognitive Studies and Film
Culture, Discourse, and Ideas
Left and Right Brain: From Neuron to Culture
Philosophy of Mind
Existentialism and Phenomenology
Ethical Reasoning
Ethics, Technology, and the Future
Global Learning and Diversity
Asian Philosophy
Science, Technology, and Mathematics
Developmental Psychology
Positive Psychology
Self-Care and Well-Being
Drugs and Behavior
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Mind and Brain Thematic Thread (MIBR)
Revised 10.20.20
UCC 4.21.2020