PHILOSOPHY - Dept. Code:  PHI
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DEGREE PROGRAMS

A. Course requirements

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 course credits in philosophy, at least 24 of which must be at the 600 level. Students are required to pass the following courses:

1. Proseminar: PHI601 and PHI602
2. Logic requirement: PHI510
3. Ethics requirement: PHI530 or 533.
4. One course from the epistemology and metaphysics group: PHI540-545.
5. One course from the history group: PHI560-583 (except PHI 582).

In some cases certain course requirements may (with the approval of the director of graduate studies) be waived for students who have completed equivalent work as part of a prior M.A. degree in philosophy.

B. Qualifying examination

A comprehensive qualifying examination must be taken. Exams are given the grade of O, 1, or 2. A grade of 1 or 2 is sufficient for the student to be awarded the M.A. The qualifying examination is a broad examination in a general area of philosophy close to the student’s proposed dissertation topic or intended area of specialization, for example, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or ethics and political philosophy. The examination is based on a list of core texts in the area in question, with the required texts chosen for each student individually by his or her qualifying examination committee. The exam may be attempted at most two times.

C. Satisfying the requirements of the Graduate School as stated in this Bulletin.

The requirements for the Ph.D. degree in philosophy

A. Course requirements

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 course credits in philosophy, at least 24 of which must be at the 600 level. Students are required to pass the following courses:

1. Proseminar: PHI601 and PHI602
2. Logic requirement: PHI510
3. Ethics requirement: PHI530 or 533.
4. One course from the epistemology and metaphysics group: PHI540-545.
5. One course from the history group: PHI560-583 (except PHI 582).

In some cases certain course requirements may (with the approval of the director of graduate studies) be waived for students who have completed equivalent work as part of a prior M.A. degree in philosophy.

Research Requirement: In addition, students are required to enroll in and complete 15 credits of PHI730 (Doctoral Dissertation Research).
B. Qualifying examination

A comprehensive qualifying examination must be taken. Exams are given the grade of either O, 1, or 2. A grade of 0 or 1 is considered a failing grade with respect to qualifying to continue in the Ph.D. program. A student must receive a grade of 2 in order to proceed to the dissertation stage. The qualifying examination is a broad examination in a general area of philosophy close to the student’s proposed dissertation topic or intended area of specialization, for example, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or ethics and political philosophy. The examination is based on a list of core texts in the area in question, with the required texts chosen for each student individually by his or her qualifying examination committee. The exam may be attempted at most two times.

Students can apply for Ph.D. candidacy after they have completed their coursework, received a mark of high pass on the qualifying examination and had their dissertation proposal approved. 

C. The language requirement

A student who submits a dissertation proposal must possess the linguistic proficiency required by the proposed dissertation topic. This is determined by the dissertation proposal committee on the basis of examinations or coursework.

D.  Ph.D. dissertation

Presentation and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation.

E.  The requirements of the Graduate School as stated in this Bulletin