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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy
320 Bowman Hall
The Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy offers intensive, in-depth study of philosophy, with particular attention to the diversity of philosophical methods, perspectives, and modes of analysis, and their relation to other disciplines.
Official transcript(s), GRE, goal statement and three letters of recommendation. Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.
The M.A. degree in philosophy requires 33 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree including 1 hour of research directed toward the completion of the First Year Paper and 6 hours of research directed toward the completion of the thesis or nonthesis research project.
Graduate students normally take PHIL 60191 Graduate Seminar in their second and third semesters in the program.
Beyond required and elective coursework, students are required to participate in PHIL 69997 Colloquium for each semester in residence. No more than two semester hours of Colloquium may be counted toward the degree requirements. The graduate coordinator, in consultation with the graduate faculty, will consider various options for satisfying the Colloquium requirement where circumstances dictate.
Students who lack background preparation in a specific area will be required to take an undergraduate course and earn a letter grade of B (3.000) or better in that course as a prerequisite to further graduate study. The student's advisory group, in consultation with the graduate coordinator, will determine which course prerequisites are needed.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Articulate and defend their own point of view.
2. . Demonstrate knowledge of selected philosophers in the history of philosophy from the classical period down to the present day.
Proposals for a culminating experience can be made only after a student has met the following requirements: six hours toward the breadth requirements and completion of (or present good standing in) one section each of PHIL 51038 and PHIL 60191.
Note 1: One graduate course in a discipline outside of philosophy may be taken with departmental approval.
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