Montana State University

Philosophy

Department of History and Philosophy

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Philosophy is concerned with the underlying assumptions and broad implications of human knowledge and values. The curriculum in philosophy contains a wide range of courses that explore these topics by studying philosophical problems through the writings of important philosophers of the past and present. Emphasis is placed on understanding different solutions to these problems and on analyzing and criticizing them.

The Bachelor of Art in Philosophy has traditionally served as a basis for further study in philosophy, law, religion, or related fields. It may also be used as background training for government, business, or any field that depends upon a strong liberal arts education. The department has traditionally encouraged taking a double major and has restricted the number of required courses in philosophy so that this may be possible.

Students may elect to major in philosophy through either the philosophy option or the philosophy and religion option. The department also encourages students to engage in independent study through the departmental honors option. This option has the following requirements:

  1. Students must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average in their major and a 3.0 GPA overall.
  2. Students must present an acceptable, bound senior thesis, and an oral defense of the thesis.

Students may attain 3-6 undergraduate independent study credits while working for the thesis. Qualified students may enroll in the honors option through their departmental advisors.


Curricula in Philosophy


PHILOSOPHY OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
CLS 101US--University Seminar     3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I    3
Math Core     3
Philosophy Electives     6
University Core and Electives     15
30
Sophomore Year Credits
PHL 236--Logic    3
One Year Modern Lang     8
Select one of the following in political philosophy/aesthetics:
     PHL 327--Aesthetics & The Arts 3
     PHL 328--Philosophy and Film 3
     PHL 350RH--State, Community, and Individual 3
     PHL 351--Philosophy and Feminism 3
     PHL 354--Philosophy of Race 3
University Core and Electives     16
30
Junior Year Credits
PHL 361--History of Phil: Anc & Mediv    3
PHL 362--History of Phil: Modern     3
Select one of the following in ethics:
     PHL 312--Ethics 3
     PHL 310--Moral Theory 3
     PHL 321--Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics 3
     PHL 322-Philosophy & Environmental Ethics 3
University Core and Electives     21
30
Senior Year Credits
PHL 494--Seminar    3
PHL 494--Seminar    3
Select one of the following in metaphysics/epistemology:
     PHL 303--Approaches to Epistemology 3
     PHL 304--Metaphysics 3
     PHL 305--Contemporary Philosophy 3
     PHL 345--Philosophy of Science 3
University Core and Electives     21
30

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all required courses.


PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
CLS 101US--University Seminar    3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I   
Math Core     3
3
University Core and Electives     21
30
Sophomore Year Credits
PHL 236--Logic    3
One Year Modern Lang     8
Take one of the following:
     RLST 202D--Asian Religion-Hindusim & Buddhism 3
     RLST 203D--Asian Religions: from Taoism to Zen 3
Take one of the following:
     RLST 206IH--Origins of God 3
     RLST 207IH--Myth and Metaphor 3
University Core and Electives     13
30
Junior Year Credits
PHL 361RH--History of Phil: Anc & Mediv    3
PHL 362--History of Phil: Modern     3
Take one of the following in ethics:
     PHL 312--Ethics 3
     PHL 310--Moral Theory 3
     PHL 321--Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics 3
     PHL 322--Philosophy & Environmental Ethics 3
Take one of the following 300-level Religious Studies:
     PHL 370--Philosophy of Religion 3
     RLST 321--Gender and Religion 3
     RLST 325--Literature and Religion 3
     RLST 326--Mystics, Founders, Reformers 3
University Core and Electives    18
30
Senior Year Credits
PHL 494--Seminar    3
PHL 494--Seminar    3
Take one of the following in metaphysics/epistemology:
     PHL 303--Approaches to Epistemology 3
     PHL 304--Metaphysics 3
     PHL 305--Contemporary Philosophy 3
     PHL 345--Philosophy of Science 3
Take one of the following 400-level Religious Studies courses:
     RLST 402--Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural 4
     RLST 405--Text and Image 3
     RLST 410--Psyche and the Sacred 3
University Core and Electives     18
30-31

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation: 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all required courses.


PHILOSOPHY MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

The minimum number of credits required for a non-teaching minor is twenty-one, with nine of those being upper-division credits.

Credits
PHL 236--Logic    3
PHL 361RH--History of Phil: Anc & Mediv     3
PHL 362--History of Phil: Modern     3
Select one of the following:
     PHL 312--Ethics 3
     PHL 310--Moral Theory 3
     PHL 321--Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics 3
     PHL 322--Philosophy & Environmental Ethics 3
     PHL 303--Approaches to Epistemology 3
     PHL 304--Metaphysics 3
     PHL 305--Contemporary Philosophy 3
     PHL 345--Philosophy of Science 3
Philosophy Electives; at least three
credits must be upper division
9
21

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