Philosophy

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Requirements

The concentration in philosophy and cultural theory is especially for students interested in pursuing a doctorate in cultural studies.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

Students pursuing this concentration must successfully complete 30 credits, which may include a thesis. They may choose a course of study that focuses on traditional and contemporary philosophy or choose to complete one of three concentrations. Students need to identify an advisor on entering the program and meet regularly with that advisor during their course of study.

 

Students may apply up to 9 credits from other departments toward this concentration with prior written approval of their advisor.

One course (1 credit) of Proseminar

This course should be completed in the first fall semester in which the student is enrolled in the MA program.

PHIL 600 - Proseminar in Philosophy Credits: 1

Four courses (12 credits) in philosophy

One course (3 credits) in ancient or medieval philosophy chosen from:

PHIL 602 - Plato: Selected Dialogues Credits: 3
PHIL 603 - Aristotle: Selected Works Credits: 3
PHIL 604 - Augustine and Aquinas Credits: 3
PHIL 681 - Ancient Philosophical Figures Credits: 3
PHIL 691 - Special Topics in Ancient Philosophy Credits: 3
PHIL 721 - Advanced Seminar in Philosophy Credits: 3 (May be taken when the topic is relevant and with approval of their advisor.)

One course (3 credits) in modern philosophy chosen from:

PHIL 605 - Mind-Body Problem in Early Modern Philosophy Credits: 3
PHIL 608 - Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit Credits: 3
PHIL 682 - Early Modern Philosophical Figures Credits: 3
PHIL 692 - Special Topics in Early Modern Philosophy Credits: 3
PHIL 721 - Advanced Seminar in Philosophy Credits: 3 (May be taken when the topic is relevant and with approval of their advisor.)

One course (3 credits) in contemporary philosophy chosen from:

PHIL 615 - Postmodernist Thought Credits: 3
PHIL 616 - Phenomenology Credits: 3
PHIL 618 - Contemporary French Feminism Credits: 3
PHIL 683 - Contemporary Philosophical Figures Credits: 3
PHIL 694 - Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy Credits: 3
PHIL 721 - Advanced Seminar in Philosophy Credits: 3 (May be taken when the topic is relevant and with approval of their advisor.)

One advanced seminar (3 credits) chosen from:

PHIL 720 - Nietzsche and his Readers Credits: 3
PHIL 721 - Advanced Seminar in Philosophy Credits: 3
PHIL 733 - Current Issues in Cognitive Science Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in cultural studies

One required course (3 credits)

CULT 802 - Histories of Cultural Studies Credits: 3

One elective course (3 credits) in cultural studies

Students choose an elective in consultation with an advisor.

Two to four elective courses (6-12 credits) in philosophy

Students who choose to write a thesis (3 or 6 credits) will take correspondingly fewer electives.

Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PHIL 799, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in the Academic Policies chapter of the catalog.

Thesis (3 or 6 credits) (optional):

PHIL 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 31 Credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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