Department of Philosophy

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Advising Information

Philosophy majors seeking an advising appointment should contact Paul Muench, Philosophy Department Chair, at 243-2351 or paul.muench@umontana.edu.

Advising Guidelines for Philosophy Majors

The University of Montana is the definitive authority on graduation requirements. Please refer to the section on General University Requirements under Academic Information in the front of your governing UM catalogue. A minimum of 33 credits in Philosophy is required, in addition to General Education Requirements, in order to obtain a B.A. with a major in Philosophy.

Foreign Language

At least 3 semesters of a single foreign language. French, German, Latin or Greek is recommended.

Lower-Division Requirements

  • PHL 210E - Moral Philosophy (Students must take PHL 210E before taking any upper-division philosophy courses)
  • PHL 233 - Introduction to Logic: Deduction
  • PHL 261Y - History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 262Y - History of Modern Philosophy

Note: PHL 261Y and PHL 262Y should normally be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Upper-Division Requirements

Students must successfully complete at least 21 upper-division credits.  Students must complete at least one course in each of the following core areas (History, Value Theory, Continental Philosophy, and Analytic Philosophy).  A PHIL 391 or 491 Special Topics course may be used to count as a course from any of the above four groups with the Chairperson's approval.

  • History: PHL 462, 464, 465, 466
  • Value Theory: PHL 412, 422, 427, 429, 449, 450, 455
  • Continental Philosophy: PHL 467, 468
  • Analytic Philosophy: PHL 405, 406, 445
  • Senior Seminar: PHL 499
  • Any two, upper-division, three-credit PHL courses

Electives and General Education:

Majors are encouraged to take Western Civilization (HSTR 101H/HSTR 102H) and Introduction to the Humanities (LS 151/152) during their first two years, and to consider a minor in another discipline.

Advising Guidelines for Philosophy Minors

To earn a minor in philosophy, the student must complete: 

  • PHL 210E - Moral Philosophy (Students must take PHL 210E before taking any upper-division philosophy courses)
  • PHL 233 - Introduction to Logic: Deduction
  • PHL 261Y - History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 262Y - History of Modern Philosophy
  • Two additional courses in each of the four core areas (History, Value Theory, Continental Philosophy, and Analytic Philosophy).

 


 

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