MA candidates must complete 18 credit hours total (six courses: PHIL 6000, four courses from the course series PHIL 6022-6026, and one course from either PHIL 6202 or 6102) and a thesis.
6000 The Graduate Seminar
Normally conducted in the Winter Semester in conjunction with the Departmental Colloquium.
The seminar is designed to afford graduate students first-hand experience of mature philosophical discussion, presentation of papers and responses to papers of faculty members.
The Colloquium is open to all University members, faculty and students and generally meets each week. An additional weekly session is devoted to further discussion by the graduate students
A general theme is chosen for each semester series. Recently these have included: Nature, Time, Language, Freedom, Truth, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
6011-6016 Author and Area Seminars
A subset of these courses is offered annually, as resources permit.
These are individual reading courses matching student needs and interests to research specializations of faculty members. Normally either course would be the foundation for developing a thesis topic.