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Philosophy

North Dakota State University offers students a philosophy curriculum that may be approached either as an interdisciplinary philosophy minor or a philosophy-humanities major or 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, which not only helps our students live more fulfilled lives but makes them more competitive in their careers.

The Faculty

Anne Blankenship
Dennis Cooley
Anthony Flood
John Helgeland (Emeritus)
Bradley Morris
Adam Taylor

The Philosophy-Humanities Major

The philosophy-humanities major consists of 32 semester credits. Of these, the 21 credits are required. Nine elective credits, which can be independent studies, complete the major.

Courses                                                                                                         

Credits

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 210 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 450 Metaphysics or

     PHIL 486 Philosophy and Literature or

          PHIL 494 Independent Study

3

PHIL 451 Epistemology

3

Electives

11

TOTAL

32

The Philosophy-Humanities Minor

The philosophy-humanities minor consists of 21 semester credits: 15 required and three elective credits from the elective philosophy courses, including independent studies.

Courses                                                                                                         

Credits

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 210 Ethics or

     PHIL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues

3

PHIL 257 Traditional Logic

3

PHIL 450 Metaphysics or

     PHIL 451 Epistemology

3

PHIL 486 Philosophy and Literature or

     PHIL 494 Individual Study

3

Philosophy Electives

6

 

 

Elective Philosophy Courses

Credits

PHIL 111 Professional Responsibility and Ethics

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 450 Metaphysics

3

PHIL 451 Epistemology

3

PHIL 476 History of Philosophy: Modern Period

3

PHIL 486 Philosophy and Literature

3

PHIL 487 Aesthetics

3

PHIL 494 Individual Study

3

TOTAL

21

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 faculty member.

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.

Courses

Credits

Core

 

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 257 Traditional Logic

3

PHIL 210 Introduction to Ethics or

      PHIL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues

3

PHIL 321 Ancient Philosophy or

     PHIL 322 Medieval Philosophy or

          PHIL 323 Modern Philosophy or

               PHIL 324 Contemporary Philosophy

3

PHIL 450 Metaphysics

3

Elective Interdisciplinary Courses

6

PHIL 215 Contemporary Moral Issues

 

PHIL 216 Business Ethics

 

RELS 315 Contemporary Religion

 

SOC 422 Development of Social Theory

 

SOC 424 Feminist Theory and Discourse

 

TOTAL

21

Please note these are sample plans of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

 

Philosophy/Humanities Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 210 or 215 Ethics or Contemporary Moral Issues

3

PHIL 257 Traditional Logic

3

Gen Ed Quantitative Reasoning

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

 

16

 

15

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

PHIL 323 or 324 Modern Philosophy or

     Contemporary Philosophy

3

PHIL 321 or 322 Ancient Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy

3

Gen Ed Wellness

2

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

AHSS Social and Behavioral Science

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology w/Lab

4

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

Minor/Free Elective

3

Free Electives

6

 

16

 

17

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

PHIL 450 or 486 Metaphysics or Philosophy & Literature

3

PHIL 451 Epistemology

3

AHSS Humanities Requirement

3

AHSS Fine Arts Requirement

3

Minor or Foreign Language

3

Minor or Foreign Language

3

Minor or Free Electives

6

Minor or Free Electives

6

 

15

 

15

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

PHIL/HUM Electives

6

PHIL/HUM Electives

5

Minor or Foreign Language

3

Minor or Foreign Language

3

Minor or Free Electives

6

Minor or Free Electives

6

 

15

 

14

Total Credits: 123

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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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
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Dept #2340, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8654 / Fax: (701) 231-7605
Email: Dennis.Cooley@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsuhprs.org

or

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