Philosophy

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

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Mike Goulet, 2015 NDSU graduate, will be creating and teaching an advanced high school philosophy class that will help prepare Alameda International Jr/Sr High School students for their future endeavors. Alameda International is an IB school as well as a Title 1 school. Most of its students are under the poverty level and many are English language learners. 

The class expands on the 9th grade government class covering Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, and other Modern philosophers to provide students with a broader view of what philosophy is or what it can be for them based on the curriculum for.  The course, open to 10th-12th graders, in a chronological order, breaks philosophy down into its different facets, such as epistemology/logic/metaphysics/ethics.

Goulet is a secondary social studies teacher at Alameda International, Lakewood CO, Jefferson County Public Schools. He graduated NDSU with a B.S. in Political Science. After a yearlong alternative licensure program Goulet started teaching at Alameda, where he did his student teaching, and has been there for two years.

The Program

People have always wondered about the world in which they live and how to flourish. Whether it is about truth, knowledge, reality, beauty, or goodness, or about whether life has any meaning, people find questions to ask and try to answer. By means of dialogue, intuition, logic and critical thought, Philosophers have created pathways to wisdom and an understanding of the human condition that help us in our public and private lives to be better people living better lives.

The Faculty

Dennis Cooley
Anthony Flood
John Helgeland, Emeritus
Bradley Morris
Adam Taylor

Phi Sigma Tau / Philosophy Club

The Philosophy/Humanities Major or Minor

The Philosophy/Humanities major consists of 32 semester credits.

The Philosophy/Humanities minor consists of 21 semester credits.

The major and minor curriculum guides can be found here.

Independent Study

Independent study may be pursued by students wanting to read on a special Philosophical topic (e.g., aesthetics) or read the work of a particular Philosopher. To initiate independent study, students must contact a member of the faculty listed above.

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. It is strongly suggested that the courses in categories I and II below be taken as prerequisites to other core courses.

For Further Information:

Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
North Dakota State University
422 Minard Hall
Fargo, ND  58102
Telephone:  (701) 231-8654
Fax: (701) 231-1047
E-mail: Dennis.Cooley@ndsu.nodak.edu

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