Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Philosophy offers an intensive course of study in preparation for a career as a scholar and teacher of philosophy. The Program consists of four components. (1) During the first two years, students take twelve courses, six of which satisfy distribution requirements in the three main areas of contemporary philosophy and in the history of philosophy. (2) At the end of her second year and the beginning of her third year, the student writes the Preliminary Essay, an independent piece of work that goes through a process of drafts, criticism by faculty advisors, and revision. (3) During the last two and a half years of the Program, the student writes the Ph.D. dissertation under the direction of a faculty committee. (4) Over the last three years of the Program, students also gain teaching experience, first as assistants in faculty-taught lecture courses and then as teachers in stand-alone tutorials and small courses. In addition to lecture courses and seminars, students and faculty participate in a variety of workshops and reading groups in all of which, though to different degrees, students present their own work for criticism by their peers. Beginning with the First Year seminar, continuing to the Preliminary Essay workshop, and finally in the many advanced seminars, colloquia, workshops, and reading groups each year, students and faculty join together in a continuous, rich philosophical dialogue.

Faculty in the Department serve as advisors to students and the Department as a whole conducts annual evaluations of its students.

While it only admits doctoral students, the Department can award the degree of Master of Arts.

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