Unlike the other cooperative programs described in the preceding sections of this website, this program is a joint degree program. It is designed to provide students with equally in-depth training simultaneously provided by each of two different units of the university. Both the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy each have their own exacting and distinct program requirements. The Joint Degree Program is designed for students who are willing to take the time and trouble to satisfy both those sets of standards within their allotted term as graduate students at the University of Chicago.
Upon completion of all requirements, the student shall be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Thought and Philosophy.
Students may be admitted into the joint degree program only after having been admitted to one of the two individual programs, and after completing at least the first year of study in either program.
Any financial aid arrangements made at the time of admission to one of the two programs shall remain in effect for as long as the student continues to work towards the satisfaction of the requirements in his or her original program.
Students wishing to apply for the joint degree program shall make application to the second Department/Committee. If admitted by that Department/Committee, they are admitted into the joint degree program. The first step in either case is to contact Michael Beetley, Associate Dean of Students for the Division of the Humanities. Students are strongly encouraged to apply while they are still in the process of completing their coursework requirements.
Students must satisfy the normal requirements for the degree in Social Thought: successfully passing the Fundamentals Examination, a High Pass in a foreign language examination, and the writing of a dissertation.
Students must satisfy the normal requirements for the degree in philosophy, with the following qualifications:
Students are required to take one course in each of the following three areas of contemporary philosophy:
* Value theory (listed in the course descriptions as I)
* Philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and logic (listed in the course descriptions as II)
* Epistemology and metaphysics (listed in the course descriptions as III)
and three courses on the history of philosophy as follows:
* A figure or movement in either Ancient or Medieval Philosophy (listed in the course descriptions as IV)
* A figure or movement in Modern Philosophy from the 17th through 19th centuries (listed in the course descriptions as V)
* One additional course on a figure or movement in either IV or V.
Candidates for the joint degree may satisfy one of the required history courses through courses listed as Social Thought graduate courses.
The student’s dissertation committee shall consist of at least three faculty, including at least two members of the philosophy department and at least one member of the Committee on Social Thought.