Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Ph.D. students entering with an master's in philosophy take 30 hours (10 classes) of coursework. Students entering the Ph.D. program without an master's in philosophy take 48 hours (16 classes) of coursework. All students, regardless of whether they enter with a prior master's, must take nine courses in the four historical areas. Students entering with an master's in philosophy will have their transcript evaluated to determine which of these requirements have been satisfied in their master's coursework. Ph.D. students earning an master's in cursu must satisfy the distribution requirement for the master's by the time they complete the qualifying paper requirement.

Students entering without an master's may take only three 5000-level courses. Students entering with an master's may only take 6000-level courses or above. To remain in the program, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 (based on a 4.0 scale).

Students must obtain the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in when selecting courses.

Course Title Credits
One required course in each area: 118
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Analytical Philosophy
Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Other Contemporary Philosophy
One required Logic course 23
LOGIC I
LOGIC EXAMINATION
Two required Language courses 26
GRAD.READG.IN GERMAN II
FRENCH FOR READING
Three elective courses 39
Comps, Papers, and Dissertation: 218
PROSEMINAR: PHIL RSCH/WRITING
PHD QUALIFY PAPERS-PHILOSOPHY
PHD COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION-PHILOSOPHY
PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
PROPOSAL ACCEPTANCE
DISSERTATION DIRECTION
Total Credits54

Course Areas 

Ancient Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PGAN attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5001INTRODUCTION TO PLATO3-4
PHIL 5009INTRO TO ARISTOTLE3-4
PHIL 6025PHILOSOPHY'S ORIGINS3
PHIL 7009PLOTINUS3
PHIL 7018ANCIENT PSYCHOLOGY3
PHIL 7650ARISTOTELIAN ETHICS3

Medieval Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PGMD attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5010INTRODUCTION TO ST. THOMAS AQUINAS3-4
PHIL 5012INTRO TO ST. AUGUSTINE3-4
PHIL 6460INTENTIONALITY3
PHIL 7039AQUINAS'S PHILOSOPHY OF GOD3
PHIL 7042BURIDAN ON THE SOUL3
PHIL 7071AQUINAS:QUESTIONS ON GOD3
PHIL 7076Metaphysical Themes in Duns Scotus3
PHIL 7080MEDIEVAL VIEWS ON COGNITION AND CERTAINTY3

Modern Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PGCM attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 500219TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY3-4
PHIL 5005CLASSICAL MODERN PHIL3-4
PHIL 7106KANT I3
PHIL 7110DESCARTES AND SPINOZA3
PHIL 7140KANT AND GERMAN IDEALISM3
PHIL 7149HEGEL'S PHENOMENOLOGY3
PHIL 7161NIETZSCHE3
PHIL 7164FIRST PHILOSOPHY: NIETZSCHE, HEIDEGGER, AND THE PRESOCRATICS3
PHIL 7166RECOGNITION& INTERSUBJECTIVITY3

Contemporary Analytical Philosophy

Courses in this group have the PGCA attribute.

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Contemporary Continental Philosophy

Courses in this group have the PGCC attribute.

Course Title Credits

Other Contemporary Philosophy

Courses in this group have the PGOC attribute.

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