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Philosophy | MA Program

Philosophy Master's Degree Requirements

 

Tracks

History of Philosophy or Philosophy and Social Policy 

 

Degree Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate work 

 

History of Philosophy Track

  • Qualifying research paper focusing on a major text by a single figure in the history of Western or non-Western philosophy
  • Comprehensive examination requirement: submission of two qualifying papers, including one from a historical period of philosophy and one from feminist, Latin American, or Asian philosophy, or critical race theory

 

Philosophy and Social Policy Track

  • Substantial research paper analyzing the ethical and social issues arising from the student's internship experience.
  • Comprehensive examination requirement: submission of two qualifying papers, including one in theoretical or applied ethics and one in nineteenth or twentieth century philosophy

 

Course Requirements

History of Philosophy Track (33 credit hours)

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate course work 

Philosophy and Social Policy Track (33 credit hours)

  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • PHIL-520 Seminar on Ethical Theory (3) 
  • PHIL-525 Seminar on Modern Moral Problems (3) 
  • an approved course in either ethics or applied ethics (3) 
  • 6 credit hours from the following: 
  • PHIL-602 Nineteenth Century Philosophy (3) 
  • PHIL-603 Twentieth Century Philosophy (3) 
  • an approved course in the history of philosophy  (3) 
  • PHIL-691 Internship in Philosophy  (3)  
  • 6 credit hours in applied philosophy, with departmental approval 
  • 6 credit hours in philosophy or religion, with departmental approval 
  • 6 credit hours in social science or social policy from fields such as economics, sociology, anthropology, government, public administration, and justice, with departmental approval