program in Philosophy offers you the opportunity to study the history of
philosophy from a broad, though not exclusively, European perspective and to
work with some of the leading scholars in:
- Contemporary Continental thought,
- German Idealism,
- Social and political theory,
- History of philosophy and ethics.
The program provides
you with the necessary background to become conversant with these and other
philosophical traditions and styles. We also stress faculty counseling so that
your program can be tailored to meet your particular needs.
offers two distinct master's degrees:
- A master's degree that is used as a step to attaining a PhD. These
students apply directly into the MA/PhD program.
- A terminal master's degree that is intended only for
students who do not plan on pursuing a doctorate.
the content of our offerings and the style in which we pursue our studies
differ from those of most other schools in the English-speaking world. We
emphasize focused research seminars rather than broad survey, research papers
rather than exams, guided research rather than comprehensive examinations. We
prefer close reading of texts to distant talk, and careful and disciplined
research to pedagogical rites of initiation.
are strongly encouraged to refer to texts in the original language, in addition
to translations, and are expected to acquire reading abilities in the foreign
languages relevant to your research.
offers courses, seminars, mini-courses, directed research and colloquia to
stimulate your investigation of various philosophies and philosophical
problems. The MA program includes a regular Graduate Student Seminar, a
student-organized forum in which students present papers and discuss their
work. In addition, the department hosts a national conference for graduate
students each spring.
courses are taught in a series of streams organized each year under generic titles,
such as German Idealism, Ethics, Society and Politics, or Contemporary French
Philosophy. These are all research courses, with no distinction being made
between MA and PhD course levels.
expectation is that MA students will pursue the three courses of a stream through
the year, unless they can offer convincing reasons for a shift from one stream
to another; PhD students, after completion of the MA, are free to move in and
out of streams as their research and interests dictate.
The Philosophy MA requires 44 quarter
hours (11 courses) for degree completion. There
is a time limit of six years from entrance into the MA program to completion of
The program is designed for:
- Students pursuing a
masters degree in preparation for teaching and research.
- Adults seeking to
study philosophy for personal enrichment.
Philosophy MA program may also be expanded to include a graduate certificate.
The combined programs require either the completion of additional coursework or
careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements. A certificate is
and Gender Studies
If you're interested in a certificate, a separate
application process is required. Contact the program office for additional