Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2014/2015)
31.29 Philosophy
  • Associate Professor and Head of the Department
  • A. Sullivan

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is offered in Philosophy by full-time study only. Graduate courses are taught as small seminars and directed reading courses. Program candidates must spend a minimum of two years in residence at this institution.

31.29.1 Program of Study
  1. The Ph.D. in Philosophy is offered in accordance with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Doctoral candidates will specialize in one or more of three departmental research clusters:

    • Metaphysics and its History

    • Kant and Continental Philosophy

    • Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

  2. To be considered for admission to the program an applicant must have completed a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy or hold an equivalent qualification.

  3. All candidates are required to complete 15 credit hours in graduate courses selected from the Courses listed below and including the following:

    • Philosophy 6000

    • Four additional courses (12 credit hours) only one of which (3 credit hours) may be a directed reading courses. Courses will be selected by the candidate in consultation with the candidate’s Supervisory Committee.

  4. Proficiency in a second language is required since it is necessary for the purpose of the proposed doctoral research. The selection of a second language is based upon the student’s research requirements, and the selection is to be made in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor or supervisor. Confirmation that the choice is acceptable must be obtained from the department. Demonstration of proficiency will be determined in accordance with the governing general regulation of the School of Graduate Studies (General Regulations, Evaluation, Evaluation of Graduate Students). If a student is working in recent Anglo American philosophy, then the student can opt, with the permission of the Graduate Studies Committee, to complete an examination in philosophical logic. The language requirement must normally be fulfilled before a student takes the Ph.D. comprehensive examination.

  5. The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination shall be administered and evaluated in accordance with General Regulations, Comprehensive Examinations. The examination shall consist of three written parts: a four-hour examination in the student’s area of concentration and two three-hour examinations in two of the Department’s research clusters (Metaphysics and its History, Kant and Continental Philosophy, and Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy).

  6. No more than seven semesters after having been admitted to the program the candidate must submit a thesis proposal that is considered satisfactory by the supervisory committee.

  7. Students must submit and successfully defend a thesis in accordance with the School of Graduate Studies general regulations governing Theses and Reports.

31.29.2 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

6000 Graduate Seminar

  • History of Philosophy Seminars
  • 6011 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • 6012 Modern Philosophy
  • 6013 Contemporary Philosophy
  • Area Seminars
  • 6014 Metaphysics
  • 6015 Theory of Knowledge
  • 6016 Ethical and Political Theory
  • Tutorials
  • 6040-6099 Special Topics
  • 6101 Selected Texts
  • 6102 Current Issues