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The department boasts an outstanding faculty. Each member is an accomplished researcher and teacher, and together we represent a variety of philosophical tradition. Students have written theses in ethics, philosophy of science, phenomenology, Nietzsche, Bataille, American philosophy, Eastern philosophy, disability, and on many other topics. Our faculty emphasizes foundations in the history of philosophy, and we typically teach from a perspective that is historically informed.
Ifyou wish to apply for the fall semester, you should send application materials to the graduate school no later than the second week of February. Our final decisions with respect to assistantship awards are typically made in mid-March.
Ifyou intend to apply for a teaching assistantship (which also includes a tuition fellowship), you should include with your application:
- Awriting sample (a paper on a philosophical topic or that adequately represents your abilities in philosophy, usually of 8-15 pages in length)
- GRE scores (these are highly recommended)
The number of available assistantships is extremely limited.
- Completion of 27 hours of graduate courses offered by the department of philosophy, excluding readings and research courses
- Awritten thesis for 6 semester hours
- An oral examination covering the field of the thesis and general competency in the major areas of philosophy
- Completion of 33 hours of graduate courses offered by the department of philosophy, excluding readings and research courses.
- Completion of an examination on contemporary philosophy
For Both Options
- Completion of Philosophy 3000 or 6000 (or its equivalent or satisfied as an undergraduate (Logic))
- Completion of PHIL 3210 and 3230 (or equivalents satisfied as an undergraduate(Ancient and Modern))
- Completion of an examination on the history of philosophy
- Completion of at least 42 hours of graduate and undergraduate credit in philosophy