Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Concentrations

MA in Philosophy

Students in the MA program in in philosophy can choose a master's degree with a focus on traditional and contemporary philosophy, or choose one of two concentrations: ethics and public affairs, or philosophy and cultural theory. Course offerings provide grounding in the history of philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, contemporary continental thought, contemporary analytic philosophy, and philosophy of science. Students pursue the degree to satisfy intellectual interest and to further professional expertise.  Graduates of the program move on to careers in law, technology, health care, education, and public service, or use the program to prepare for doctoral studies in philosophy.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 31

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 31 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.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

MA with a Focus on Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy

The focus in traditional and contemporary philosophy is for students who want to deepen their understanding of philosophical issues and for students who are preparing to pursue doctoral studies in philosophy or related fields, e.g. political theory, gender studies.

Students may apply up to 9 credits from other departments toward the degree with focus on traditional and contemporary philosophy with prior written approval of their advisor.

Proseminar
PHIL 600 Proseminar in Philosophy 1 1
Ancient or Medieval Philosophy
Select one course from the following: 3
Aristotle: Selected Works
Figures and Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2
Modern Philosophy
Select one course from the following: 3
Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit
Figures and Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2
Contemporary Philosophy
Select one course from the following: 3
Postmodernist Thought
Phenomenology
Contemporary Philosophical Figures
Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2
Advanced Seminar
Select one from the following: 3
Nietzsche and his Readers
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy
Current Issues in Cognitive Science
Electives in Philosophy
Select four to six electives in philosophy 3 12-18
Optional Thesis
Three or six credits of
Thesis 4
Total Credits 31
1

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

2

May be taken when the topic is relevant and with approval of advisor.

3

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

4

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

Concentration in Ethics and Public Affairs (ETPA)

The concentration in ethics and public affairs is designed for professionals who want to combine the study of ethics and the analysis of social and public policies in a variety of settings, including business, health care, biomedical technology, law, or government.

Proseminar
PHIL 600 Proseminar in Philosophy 1 1
History of Philosophy 2
PHIL 640 History of Ethical Theory 3
PHIL 603 Aristotle: Selected Works 3
or PHIL 608 Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit
Public Administration
PUAD 540 Public Policy Process 3
Ethics
Select three courses from the following: 3 9
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Business and Organizational Ethics
Research Ethics
Electives
Select two to four electives from the following or from other relevant courses: 4 6-12
PUAD 700
Ethics and Public Administration
HAP 714
Ethical Issues in Health Administration and Policy
EVPP 635
Environment and Society
Optional Thesis
Three or six credits of
Thesis 5
Total Credits 31
1

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

2

Depending on the topic, PHIL 681 Figures and Topics in Ancient Philosophy, PHIL 682 Figures and Topics in Early Modern Philosophy, or PHIL 721 Advanced Seminar in Philosophy may be applied to this concentration with prior written permission of the graduate director.

3

Other courses may be used to fulfill this requirement where appropriate and with prior written approval of the student's academic advisor.

4

Students who choose to write a thesis (3 or 6 credits) will take correspondingly fewer electives. Students are encouraged to use courses from around the university in disciplines relevant to their areas of interest, subject to the prior written approval of their academic advisor.

5

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

Concentration in Philosophy and Cultural Theory (PHCT)

The concentration in philosophy and cultural theory is especially for students interested in pursuing a doctorate in cultural studies. Students may apply up to 9 credits from other departments toward this concentration with prior written approval of their advisor.

Proseminar
PHIL 600 Proseminar in Philosophy 1 1
Ancient or Medieval Philosophy
Select one course from the following: 3
Aristotle: Selected Works
Figures and Topics in Ancient Philosophy
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2
Modern Philosophy
Select one course from the following: 3
Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit
Figures and Topics in Early Modern Philosophy
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2
Contemporary Philosophy
Select one course from the following: 3
Postmodernist Thought
Phenomenology
Contemporary Philosophical Figures
Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2
Advanced Seminar
Select one from the following: 3
Nietzsche and his Readers
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy
Current Issues in Cognitive Science
Cultural Studies 6
Histories of Cultural Studies
Select one elective in consultation with an advisor.
Electives in Philosophy 6-12
Select two to four electives in philosophy 3
Optional Thesis
Three or six credits of
Thesis 4
Total Credits 31
1

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

2

May be taken when the topic is relevant and with approval of advisor.

3

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

4

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

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