Department of Philosophy

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Traditional M.A. Degree in Philosophy

This program is reasonably broad, encompassing both the analytic and continental traditions.  It includes rigorous work in the history of philosophy and on contemporary issues. The department considers this a terminal masters and does not recommend the degree as preparation for a PhD elsewhere. A minimum of 36 graduate credits must be presented for the degree as well as a 30-40 page thesis paper written in consultation with a committee of three faculty.

Requirements for the Traditional M.A. Degree

36 graduate credits; thesis.

A. 36 graduate credits:

1. 33 credits must be in philosophy. These include:

(a) Topics in Epistemology, Philosophy of Technology or Philosophy of Science (PHL 501, 3 credits)

(b) Topics in Value Theory (PHL 502, 3 credits)

(c) Topics in the History of Philosophy (PHL 503 or 462 or 464 or 465 or 466, 3 credits)

(d) Philosophy Forum (PHL 510, 2 credits)

(e) Philosophy electives (18 credits)

(f) Thesis (PHL 599, 4 credits)

2. 3 credits may be taken outside of the Department of Philosophy (with the approval of the Graduate Adviser).

3. At least half the credits required for the degree (excluding a combined total of 10 credits for thesis and research) must be at the 500 level.

B. Thesis: Students must successfully complete and defend a 30-40 page thesis on a topic in philosophy.



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