MA in Philosophy

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

Students in the Master of Arts in Philosophy program 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.

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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  
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

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  
Environment and Society  
Optional Thesis  
Three or six credits of  
Thesis 5  
Total Credits 31

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  
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

Philosophy, MA and Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS Dual Degree

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking philosophy and another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs. Students approved to pursue dual master's study linking the MA philosophy degree and the Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS with a concentration in women and gender studies will complete WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines/PHIL 658 Feminist Theory and 3 additional credits of WMST courses approved by the Department of Philosophy to apply to the philosophy degree as elective credit. Six credits of approved PHIL credits will apply to the MAIS degree as elective credit. Application to the second master's program should be pursued with consultation of the directors of both programs. Admission to the second master's program will require that the student has met the minimum prerequisites for admission to the second program. If a student lacks the minimum prerequisites and seeks to be admitted to a second master's program, the director of the second program may identify ways in which the prerequisite can be completed prior to admission.