Other Concentrations

Philosophy and Cultural Theory Concentration

Students in the MA program in philosophy can choose a master's degree with a focus on traditional and contemporary philosophy, or choose one of two concentrations: ethics and public affairs, or philosophy and cultural theory. Course offerings provide grounding in the history of philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, contemporary continental thought, contemporary analytic philosophy, and philosophy of science. Students pursue the degree to satisfy intellectual interest and to further professional expertise.  Graduates of the program move on to careers in law, technology, health care, education, and public service, or use the program to prepare for doctoral studies in philosophy.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Philosophy, MA and Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS Dual Degree

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking philosophy and another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs. Students approved to pursue dual master's study linking the MA philosophy degree and the Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS with a concentration in women and gender studies will complete WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines/PHIL 658 Feminist Theory and 3 additional credits of WMST courses approved by the Department of Philosophy to apply to the philosophy degree as elective credit. Six credits of approved PHIL credits will apply to the MAIS degree as elective credit. Application to the second master's program should be pursued with consultation of the directors of both programs. Admission to the second master's program will require that the student has met the minimum prerequisites for admission to the second program. If a student lacks the minimum prerequisites and seeks to be admitted to a second master's program, the director of the second program may identify ways in which the prerequisite can be completed prior to admission.

Students pursuing this concentration must successfully complete 31 credits, which may include a thesis. Students need to identify an advisor on entering the program and meet regularly with that advisor during their course of study.

 

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 31

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 31 credits, which may include a thesis. They may choose a course of study that focuses on traditional and contemporary philosophy or choose to complete one of three concentrations. Students need to identify an advisor on entering the program and meet regularly with that advisor during their course of study.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Concentration in Philosophy and Cultural Theory (PHCT)

The concentration in philosophy and cultural theory is especially for students interested in pursuing a doctorate in cultural studies. Students may apply up to 9 credits from other departments toward this concentration with prior written approval of their advisor.

Proseminar  
PHIL 600 Proseminar in Philosophy 1 1
Ancient or Medieval Philosophy  
Select one course from the following: 3
Aristotle: Selected Works  
Figures and Topics in Ancient Philosophy  
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2  
Modern Philosophy  
Select one course from the following: 3
Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit  
Figures and Topics in Early Modern Philosophy  
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2  
Contemporary Philosophy  
Select one course from the following: 3
Postmodernist Thought  
Phenomenology  
Contemporary Philosophical Figures  
Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy  
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy 2  
Advanced Seminar  
Select one from the following: 3
Nietzsche and his Readers  
Advanced Seminar in Philosophy  
Current Issues in Cognitive Science  
Cultural Studies 6
Histories of Cultural Studies  
Select one elective in consultation with an advisor.
 
Electives in Philosophy 6-12
Select two to four electives in philosophy 3
 
Optional Thesis  
Three or six credits of  
Thesis 4  
Total Credits 31
1

This course should be completed in the first fall semester in which the student is enrolled in the MA program.

2

May be taken when the topic is relevant and with approval of advisor.

3

Students who choose to write a thesis (3 or 6 credits) will take correspondingly fewer electives.

4

Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PHIL 799 Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in Academic Policies.