The University of Idaho, in cooperation with Washington State University (WSU), offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy. The strong, fully collaborative M.A. program gives you access to faculty expertise and the excellent resources of both leading universities, and allows you to also receive graduate credit for philosophy courses offered at the nearby WSU campus, located a short eight miles away in Pullman, Wash. The program will help you develop the analytical thinking and writing skills that are essential to success in many professions. It will also prepare you with the research experience, sophisticated reasoning skills and advanced knowledge necessary for admission to a quality doctorate program in philosophy.
The joint program offers two special areas of emphasis: environmental philosophy and ethics. Other program strengths include philosophy of biology, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind and biblical interpretation. You may pursue a course of study on any of three tracks:
- General: Allows you to develop a graduate emphasis and course of study that specifically meets your philosophical interests.
- Environmental philosophy: Gives you the opportunity to pursue advanced philosophical study and to complete a thesis in the broad field covering philosophy and the environment, including environmental ethics, natural resource policy, ecofeminism, religion and the environment, philosophy of biology, ecology and jurisprudence, and environmental epistemology.
- Ethics: This track offers you the chance to work with the several faculty members at the University of Idaho and WSU that specialize in ethics and the related fields of political philosophy and philosophy of law.
Graduate study in philosophy at the University of Idaho will allow you to enhance your understanding of the discipline through thought-provoking seminars, one-on-one faculty mentorship and self-directed research. You will closely examine the core areas of philosophy – ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, and the history of philosophy – and you'll explore more specialized areas within the discipline, such as philosophy of science, environmental philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of biology, philosophy of law, applied ethics and philosophy of language.
The philosophy departments at University of Idaho and Washington State University have a rich history of collaboration. A hallmark of this partnership is the annual Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, which brings to the University of Idaho and WSU campuses leading philosophers and scholars from across the nation. As an Idaho graduate student in the joint program, you will be formally admitted through the graduate school at the University of Idaho. Your degree will be granted by the University of Idaho as well, though your transcript will indicate the joint nature of the program. Free bus service and a paved bike trail connect the University of Idaho to Washington State University.
The University of Idaho philosophy program also cooperates in the field of environmental philosophy with the University of Montana. Each spring, the philosophy departments at the two universities co-sponsor the Idaho/Montana Graduate Student Conference in Environmental Philosophy. If you are interested in this area, you will have the opportunity to present a paper before your peers and select faculty from the two universities.