Graduate Work in Philosophy at Colorado State University

The Department of Philosophy at Colorado State University typically has about twenty graduate students interested in environmental philosophy, animal welfare issues, and international development issues. An undergraduate class in environmental ethics is also available, often in the fall, which can be taken with a graduate paper. There are typically about two relevant graduate seminars. Many related classes are offered elsewhere in the university.

About a half dozen graduate teaching assistantships (GTA's) are available each year. The program typically takes two years to complete. There are both M.A. thesis degrees and M.A. nonthesis degrees. No Ph.D. is available in philosophy.

If a student has no previous philosophy, there are about five general courses in the main areas of philosophy required as "remedial" work, that is, they do not count toward 30 hours needed for the master's degree.

Much of the graduate work is in applied areas, for example, "Ethics and International Development," or "Endangered Species: Philosophical and Ethical Issues," though there are also more theoretical seminars. The theoretical seminars are often in ethics or perhaps in naturalism, for example one called "Philosophical Models of Nature," another is "The Concept of Natural Value," another is "Obligations to Future Generations," another is "Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature."

Address inquiries to:

Informal inquiries may also be addressed to:

Some examples of theses completed in the philosophy M. A. program:

Other departments at CSU in which to do environmental conservation/policy.


CEP - CSU - May 18, 1996