The Course Requirement has seven parts concerning: (a) the number of required courses, (b) the distribution of required courses, (c) the logic requirement, (d) required progress, (e) policies concerning incompletes, (f) grades, and (g) transfer credits.
Students must complete at least thirteen courses in their first two years of study: the first year seminar and twelve graduate courses.
First-year students must enroll in the first-year seminar. Its exact organization and scheduling of the first-year seminar varies from year to year according to the instructor's discretion. It is graded on a pass-fail basis.
In addition, twelve graduate courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.
Students are required to take one course in each of the following three areas of contemporary philosophy:
and three courses on the history of philosophy as follows:
It should be noted that not all graduate courses satisfy a field distribution requirement; those not classified in the published course descriptions as belonging to I-V cannot be used to satisfy the distribution requirement. Nor can Philosophy 30000 (Elementary Logic) be used to satisfy a field distribution requirement.
There is a requirement in logic that can be satisfied in several ways.
Courses must be completed, with a grade of B or better, according to the following timetable.
In addition to this timetable, students should keep in mind that because they are expected to be working on their Preliminary Essay over the summer following their sixth quarter, they would be ill-advised not to have their course requirements completed by the early part of the summer.
At the discretion of the instructor, coursework not completed on time may be regarded as an "incomplete." This means that the instructor will permit a student to complete the work for a course after the normal deadline.
The instructor sets the time period for completion of the incomplete, subject to the following limitation: all coursework must be submitted by September 30th following the quarter in which the course was taken in order to count toward fulfillment of the requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. This date is an absolute deadline and is not subject to further extensions by individual faculty members.
Note: Students in their first year in the program are not permitted to take any incompletes in their first quarter.
Satisfactory grades for work toward the Ph.D. in philosophy are A, A-, B+, and B.
For Philosophy faculty, those grades mean the following. A: pass with distinction; A-: high pass; B+: pass; B: low pass.
The following policy applies to the Philosophy PhD program. Special requirements of joint programs take precedence over this policy.
For example, a student might transfer 2 courses from another institution and take one course from another department within the University, with the remaining 9 courses taken within the philosophy department. Or a student might transfer 3 courses from another institution, with the remaining 9 courses taken within the philosophy department.
Students wishing to obtain credit for graduate courses taken from the listings of other departments within the University toward the required 12 courses do not need to petition the department, within the two-course limit specified above.
Students wishing to obtain transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions must petition the Graduate Program Committee. Students should be prepared to provide evidence in support of their transfer application at the request of the Committee. Such evidence may include course descriptions, syllabi, assignments, written work completed for the course, and so on. Students who are transferring from other graduate programs must make such a request upon their entry into the Philosophy Department. Students who take a course at another institution while enrolled in the PhD program should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies beforehand, but must still petition the Graduate Program Committee to have the course accepted for transfer credit upon completion of the course.
Note that elementary logic courses taken outside the department may fulfill the elementary logic requirement but may not be used to meet the 12 course requirement. See “Logic Requirement” above for further details.