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Critical Thinking

BEN U ACADEMICS General Education
Critical Thinking


A survey of concepts and methods geared to the advancement of skills in critical thinking. Subject matter includes the nature of critical thinking; the relations between logic and language; the relations between rhetor¬ical persuasion and rational argumentation; the nature of word definition; the practical functions of language; the structure of arguments, deductive and inductive; the difference between valid and invalid, or strong and weak reasoning; methods for analyzing and evaluating arguments; common argumentative fallacies; basic symbolic logic.


Credits: 3 semester units
Course capacity: 30 students
Course length: 16 weeks


Course cost: Textbook chapters applicable for this course are required and cost approximately $10. CSUSM will coordinate your purchase. You may also purchase older, hard copy versions of the assigned text. Other required readings will be published online.


Student support: Your instructor is available to assist you with your questions. Students receive support from class peers through use of the discussion board. CSUSM provides technical support. Your BHMT Career Counselor is available to assist you with your career and education planning, and also navigating through obstacles you may encounter during the course. Be sure to discuss the course and it’s time requirements with your family, friends and coworkers.


Student orientation (required): ): Students are required to attend a Critical Thinking Student Orientation (to be scheduled a few weeks prior to the course start date). Once registered students will receive an email with orientation details.


Course Transfer of Credit
It is your responsibility to explore the transferability of PHIL 110 with the school and academic program you intend to pursue.

Who Should Enroll?

Critical Thinking (PHIL 110) is intended for BHMT participants who need to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement in critical thinking for an academic program such as Nursing, Allied Health, or other healthcare programs. It is your responsibility to determine whether this course is a required prerequisite for the academic program you intend to pursue. Note: This course is writing intensive and will require essays and written exercises. Prior coursework or experience in academic essay writing is highly recommended.


Online Learning Readiness Quiz
This Online Learning Readiness Quiz provided by CSUSM is a tool that can help you determine how ready you are for online learning. It’s a brief quiz with immediate results.

Transferability Requirement

BHMT participants are responsible for making sure selected course(s) will transfer to the accepting institution.


How Do I Register?
  1. Complete the registration below
  2. Highly Recommended: the Critical Thinking Practice Course







Note: If you have registration questions or technical issues please email Elizabeth Rosales, CSUSM Program Services.



  • You must be a KP Union Alliance or Coalition Employee with “active” KP employment status.
  • You must have completed your probationary period.
  • You must be a regular, benefited full-time or part-time employee – typically working 20 hours or more per week.
  • Open to all regions.

  • None.

  • High speed Internet connection.
  • If you don’t have access to a reliable computer, we can lend you one! Learn more.
  • Preferred PC Browser
  • Mac Browser & Other PC Browsers
    Safari 6
    Internet Explorer 8 or above (IE 11 preferred)


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Review the Student Resources for Online and Face-to-Face Courses to ensure you have the technology requirements to be successful in your course. Your instructor might require other software in your courses. Check the syllabus or with your instructor at the start of the semester about the specific technological requirements of each course.


Academic Calendar

2018 CSUSM Academic Calendar



January 22 – May 11, 2018

last day to drop and not receive a “W”: Feb 2

last day to drop and receive a “W”: Feb 16


Finals week: May 12 – 17, 2018


August 27 – December 10, 2018

last day to drop and not receive a “W”: Sept. 10

last day to drop and receive a “W”: Sept. 21


Finals week: December 10 – 15, 2018







Student Agreement

This program and participation is governed by the terms of the BHMT Student Agreement. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the student agreement; by registering and participating in this program you are agreeing to comply with it.


Unsuccessful Course Completion and Dropped Class Policy

Ben U programs require your time and effort on a consistent basis as well as communicating with the course instructor, tutor, or BHMT Career Counselor if you are having difficulties or conflicts. Should you not complete your program successfully with a ‘C’ or better, pass, or drop the course by the institution’s 1st drop date, your participation in Trust programs may be suspended for a period of twelve months.