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Philosophy

North Dakota State University offers students a philosophy curriculum that may be approached either as a philosophy-humanities major or minor, or an interdisciplinary philosophy minor.

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The Program

People have always had questions about the world in which they live. Among a wide variety of topics, they have wondered about truth, beauty, goodness or life’s meaning.  By means of dialogue, intuition, logic and critical thought, philosophers have created pathways to wisdom and an understanding of the human condition.

Philosophy’s purpose has always been aimed at the practical: understanding issues in depth, making better decisions, engaging in civil discourse, and living a good life.  The skills acquired in the program enhance our students’ ability to function well in their professional and private lives.

The Faculty

  Catherine Cater(Emeritus)
  Dennis Cooley
  Anthony Flood
  Bradley Morris
  Adam Taylor

The Philosophy-Humanities Major

The philosophy-humanities major consists of 30 semester credits. Of these, the 21 credits are required. Nine elective credits, which can be independent studies, complete the major.

Credits

_____________________________________________________

Phil. 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

3

Phil. 210 - Introduction to Ethics or
  Phil. 215 - Contemporary Moral Issues


3

Phil. 257 - Traditional Logic

3

Phil. 321 -  Ancient Philosophy or
  Phil. 322 - Medieval Philosophy


3

Phil. 323 - Modern Philosophy or
Phil. 324 - Contemporary Philosophy


3

Phil. 451 - Metaphysics

3

Capstone Experience:

Phil. 450 - Epistemology or
 Phil. 486 - Philosophy and Literature or
  Phil. 494 - Independent Study



3

Electives

9

Total

3

The Philosophy-Humanities Minor

The philosophy-humanities minor requires only 18 semester credits:

Credits

_____________________________________________________

Phil. 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

3

Phil. 210 - Introduction to Ethics or
  Phil. 215 - Contemporary Moral Issues

3

Phil. 257 - Traditional Logic

3

Phil. 450 - Epistemology or
  Phil. 451 - Metaphysics


3

Capstone Experience

Phil. 486 - Philosophy and Literature or
  Phil. 494 - Independent Study


3

Philosophy Elective

3

Total

18

Elective Philosophy Courses

Credits

_____________________________________________________

Hum. 304 - Humanities Tutorial

1-3

Phil. 111 - Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

3

Phil. 215 - Contemporary Moral Issues

3

Phil. 216 - Business Ethics

3

Phil 321 - Ancient Philosophy

3

Phil. 322 - Medieval Philosophy

3

Phil. 323 - Modern Philosophy

3

Phil. 324 - Contemporary Philosophy

3

Phil. 369 - Philosophy of Religion

3

Phil. 370 – Social and Political Philosophy

3

Phil. 425/625 - Environmental Ethics

3

Phil. 450 - Epistemology

3

Phil. 451 - Metaphysics

3

Phil. 486 - Philosophy and Literature

3

Phil. 494 - Independent Study

1-3

Independent Study

Independent study may be pursued by students wanting to read on a special philosophical topic or read the work of a particular philosopher. To initiate independent study, students must contact a member of the faculty.

Interdisciplinary Minor

The interdisciplinary minor consists of 21 semester credits. Of these, 15 credits must be taken from the core philosophy courses and six credits selected from additional core, elective interdisciplinary or elective philosophy courses.

Sample Curriculum

Core

Credits

_____________________________________________________

I   Phil. 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

3

II  Phil. 257 - Traditional Logic

3

III Phil. 210 - Introduction to Ethics or
         Phil. 215 - Contemporary Moral Issues


3

IV  Phil. 321 - Ancient Philosophy or
       Phil. 322 - Medieval Philosophy or
         Phil. 323 - Modern Philosophy or
           Phil. 324 - Contemporary Philosophy




3

V  Phil. 451 - Metaphysics

3

Elective Interdisciplinary Courses

Credits

_____________________________________________________

Phil. 215 - Contemporary Moral Issues

3

Phil. 216 - Business Ethics

3

RelS. 315 - Contemporary Religion

3

Soc. 422 - Development of Social Theory

3

Soc. 424 - Feminist Theory and Discourse

3

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Minard Hall
Room 422

Minard Hall is located on the south end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
North Dakota State University
Minard Hall 422
Dept. 2340, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8654 / Fax: (701) 231-7605
Email: ndsu.history@ndsu.edu (or) dennis.cooley@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/history/

or

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Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
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