Policies and Important Details

  1. The Ph.D. in Philosophy is for students with a background in philosophy. Normally at least a B.A. in Philosophy is required.
  2. To maintain status as a graduate student, registration in each fall and spring semester is required. Otherwise, admission lapses and permission to re-enter must be granted.
  3. Once a student has completed all course and required research credit hours, he or she must enroll in “Research in Residence” status until the degree has been granted. “Research in Residence” status is considered full time enrollment. Time restrictions on obtaining degrees will be strictly enforced and can be waived only by the Dean of the Graduate School.
  4. Upon completing the course requirements and passing the qualifying exams with a grade of 1 or 2, the student has completed the requirements for an M.A. in Philosophy.
  5. Upon completing the course requirements, passing the qualifying exams with a grade of 2, and successfully defending the Ph.D. proposal, the student is eligible for admission to Ph.D. candidacy.
  6. Upon passing the qualifying exams, the student in consultation with his/her selected Ph.D. dissertation committee chair will decide on the dissertation committee members. The dissertation committee will consist of not less than four members, three from the department's graduate faculty, and one from outside the Department. The chair has to be a member of the graduate faculty. The duties of the dissertation committee are:

a. To consult with and to advise students on their research.
b. To meet, at intervals, to review progress and expected results.
c. To read and comment upon the draft dissertation.
d. To meet, when the dissertation is completed, to conduct the final oral examination and to satisfy itself that the dissertation is a contribution to knowledge and that it is written in lucid and correct English and submitted in approved form.

The candidate is well advised to have a final acceptable typescript of the dissertation in the hands of each member of his/her committee at a time reasonably in advance of the final defense of the work.

Curriculum Requirements

Students must accumulate a 60 credits in philosophy with satisfactory grades, 45 credits of coursework and 15 credits of dissertation research. At least 21 of the 45 credits must be for courses at the 700 level. At least 27 of these credits must be earned while in residence.

Logic Requirement3
Formal Logic
Ethics Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Ethical Theory
Political Philosophy
Epistemology and Metaphysics
Select two of the following:6
Epistemology
Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine
Mind and Language
Induction, Probability, and Scientific Method
Metaphysics
History
Select one of the following:3
History of Logic
History of Ethics
Presocratics and Plato
Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Kant
Pragmatism
The Phenomenological Tradition
History of Analytic Philosophy
600 or 700 PHI Electives9
700 Level PHI Electives 21
Research Requirement15
Doctoral Dissertation
Post-candidacy doctoral dissertation
Qualifying Exam 1
Language Requirement 2
PHD Dissertation 3
Total Credit Hours60
1

A comprehensive qualifying exam must be taken. Exams are given the grade of 0, 1 or 2. A student must receive a grade of 2 in order to proceed to the dissertation stage.  The student is provided with a reading list in their intended area of specialization. The student studies the material on the reading list, writes a paper of around 8,000 words on a topic central to this material, writes a dissertation proposal of around 2,000 words, and participates in an oral defense of the paper and proposal as they relate to the reading list

2

A student 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.

3

Presentation and oral defense of an acceptable dissertation.