M.A. Program Requirements

Each student must pass a four-hour comprehensive examination in one of the following fields, as chosen by the student:

  1. Ethics and Value Theory
  2. Metaphysics
  3. Epistemology
  4. Philosophy of Language
  5. Philosophy of Mind
  6. Philosophy of Science

Each student is allowed two opportunities to pass the comprehensive examination.

In addition to the comprehensive examination, each student must complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work, at least 24 of which must be in philosophy. For students electing to write a thesis, the course work in philosophy will include 6 semester hours of PHIL 699, Thesis. All courses taken toward the completion of the degree are subject to the approval of the graduate adviser, and they must include:

PHIL 505, Intermediate Logic, with a grade of B or better.

Two courses in each of the following areas (18):

Metaphysics and Epistemology (6)
PHIL 510, Topics in Metaphysics or Epistemology (3)
PHIL 570, Topics in Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHIL 611, Epistemology (3)
PHIL 612, Metaphysics (3)

Ethics and Value Theory (6)
PHIL 530, Topics in Ethics (3)
PHIL 542, Theories of Value (3)
PHIL 550, Topics in Social and Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 631, Ethical Theory (3)
PHIL 642, Aesthetics (3)
PHIL 651, Social and Political Philosophy (3)

Philosophy of Science, Language, and Mind (6)
PHIL 502, Philosophy of Logic (3)
PHIL 504, Philosophy of Language (3)
PHIL 561, Metaphysics of Science (3)
PHIL 564, Philosophy of Physics (3)
PHIL 602, Topics in Philosophy of Logic (3)
PHIL 604, Topics in Philosophy of Language (3)
PHIL 660, Philosophy of Science (3)
PHIL 663, Philosophy of Mind (3)

One course in the following area (3):

History of Philosophy (3)
PHIL 520, Topics in the History of Philosophy (3)
PHIL 521, Major Philosophers (3)
PHIL 523, Medieval Philosophy (3)
PHIL 527 19th Century Philosophy (3)
PHIL 528, 20th Century Phenomenology (3)
PHIL 529, 20th Century Analytic Philosophy (3)
PHIL 582, American Philosophy (3)

Electives (6).

For Additional Information:
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