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School of Graduate Studies (2020/2021)
37.30 Philosophy

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

37.30.1 Program of Study
  1. The Ph.D. in Philosophy is offered in accordance with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Doctoral students 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. In addition to meeting the requirements listed under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, to complete a Ph.D. in Philosophy, students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in graduate Philosophy courses as follows:

    • 3 credit hours in Philosophy 6000, unless this course was previously completed as part of an MA program at this University

    • 12 credit hours in graduate Philosophy courses selected from the Courses listed below. Courses will be selected by the student in consultation with the student’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 an oral and a written part. Students will write one essay on a predetermined Area question. and a second essay on a predetermined Breadth question. The student will then defend these essays in a 2-hour examination.

  6. No more than eight semesters after having been admitted to the program the student 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.

37.30.2 Courses

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

  • 6000 Graduate Research Seminar
  • 6011 Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • 6012 Seminar in Modern Philosophy
  • 6013 Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy
  • 6014 Seminar in Metaphysics
  • 6015 Seminar in Epistemology
  • 6016 Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy
  • 6040-6099 Seminar in Special Topics
  • 6101 Seminar in Selected Philosophical Texts
  • 6102 Seminar in Current Issues in Philosophy