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Philosophy at MSU Denver

“Have the courage to use your own understanding.” -Immanuel Kant

Philosophy begins in wonder. What am I? How can I know things? What is the best life for a human being? What is justice? What is truth? Philosophy is the attempt to understand and answer questions such as these in a rigorous, critical and open-ended manner. No belief is left unquestioned. No prejudice respected. No authority bowed to. Philosophy is unlike other disciplines. It is not learning what others have discovered. It is discovering how to learn, in a genuine and personal way, to use one’s own mind to think about oneself, the world and the relation between the two. Learn more about the mission and goals of the Department of Philosophy at MSU Denver.

Spring 2024!

Philosophy Core

PHI 3000 History of Ancient Philosophy 30388 (Dr. Vijay Mascarenhas) MW 2:00-3:15

PHI 3000 History of Ancient Philosophy 33455  (David Sullivan) Online

PHI 3020 History of Modern Philosophy 30198 (Dr. James Reid) 11:00-12:15

We are also offering upper division electives:

PHI 3120 Philosophy of Language (Dr. Tony Chu, Area 3) MW 11:00-12:15

PHI 3530 Philosophy of Mind (Dr. David Sullivan, Area 3) Online

PHI 3370 Computers, Ethics, and Society  (Dr. Kate Schmidt,Dr. Sean Morris, and Dr. Tony Giambusso, Area 4) TR 9:30-10:45, TR 1230-1:45, MW 2:00-3:15, MW 5:30-6:45, Online

PHI 3430 Philosophy and Law (Dr. Brian Hutchinson, Area 4) TR 9:30-10:45

PHI 338C VT:Meaning of Life and Death (Dr. Vijay Mascarenhas, Area 4) TR 2:00-3:15

PHI 3170 Early Modern Women Philosophers (Dr. Liz Goodnick, Area 5) MW 9:30-1:45

PHI 341H Hinduism (Dr. Helena Reddington, Area 5) TR 12:30-1:45

PHI 39AD Film and Philosophy (Dr. Adam Graves, Area 6) MW 12:30-1:45 Sync Flex

PHI 4100 Senior Seminar (Dr. Vijay Mascarenhas paired with phi 338C VT:Meaning of Life and Death) TR 2:00-3:15 *

PHI 4100 Senior Seminar (Dr. Liz Goodnick paired with PHI 3170 Early Modern Women) MW 9:30-10:45*


Career Options

What can I do with a philosophy degree? A lot. Philosophy may not prepare you for one specific career, but it is particularly good at preparing students for the variety of jobs and careers graduates are likely to have over a lifetime. Philosophy majors do better, professionally and financially, than, for example, business, biology, marketing and political-science majors (don’t believe us?). And if you are considering going on to graduate school, philosophy majors score higher than any other major on the GRE and are in the top ranks for the LSAT, GMAT and MCAT. 

Already have a major? If you want to think more deeply, more critically, from different perspectives, about the things you learn in your major, the philosophy minor is for you. A philosophy minor (only 21 credits) is a great match for majors such as biology, physics, psychology, political science, sociology and anthropology. We also offer a minor in religious studies, in case you would like to critically examine the world’s various religious traditions.

Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry

The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (DPhi) aims to enrich Denver’s intellectual and cultural life via many avenues.


Department of Philosophy

Contact Us

Need help finding a course? Need an override or advising?

Call Us: 303-615-0900

Stop into the The Department of Philosophy in Science 1039 or call 303-615-0900. Our Spring Hours are: 

Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00


Phone: 303-615-0900

Location: Science Building, Room 1039

Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Philosophy
P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 49
Denver, CO 80217

Faculty & Staff

Meet our Faculty

Department Highlights

James Reid

We are excited to announce that our faculty member, Dr. James Reid, won a grant for the preparation of a book interpreting the work of German Romantic philosophical poet Novalis, plus a one-volume selected edition of his philosophical and literary writings from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Congratulations, Dr. Reid!


Giving to the Department of Philosophy

Your generous donations support MSU Denver students pursue their dreams.

Your tax-deductible donation will help the Department of Philosophy continue to provide a quality and competitive education for our students.

Burning candle on black table. Memory day

Burning candle on black table.

Donate to John Kennedy's Memorial Scholarship

 John Kennedy, a longtime affiliate faculty member, passed away at the end of the Fall 2022 semester. He was known for his kindness and compassion towards colleagues and students and will be missed deeply.  


John earned his Bachelor of Arts at MSU Denver, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in History. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Denver, focusing his studies on Continental Philosophy, especially Kant and Hegel.  


John went on to study in Ireland and Iowa, as he put it in his own words. “Later I would have the privilege to read Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, exploring the thought of George Berkeley with the noted scholar, E.J. Furlong. At the end of this brief excursion I spent a number of years at the University of Iowa as a student in the Graduate Department of Philosophy studying Kant and Ethical Theory with the guidance of Moltke Gram, the noted Kant scholar, as well as other members of their fine faculty.”  


John was a valued colleague and friend and his loss has made a profound impact. In memorial of John, we are asking for donations to a scholarship in his honor. The John Kennedy Memorial Scholarship will help Philosophy students further their academic careers here at MSU Denver. You may donate by using this link.