Administrative Unit: Philosophy
College/School: College of Letters & Science
Admitting Plans: M.A., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered: M.A., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates: Doctoral Minor
The Department of Philosophy offers work leading to the doctor of philosophy with a major in philosophy.
The M.A. is granted to Ph.D. program students when they pass their preliminary examinations and become a dissertator. When a student must leave the program early and is unable to complete a Ph.D., a terminal M.A. is granted upon satisfying the department's criteria for a master's degree.
The Ph.D. degree is awarded in recognition of a successfully completed program of advanced studies in philosophy, culminating in a dissertation which represents a contribution to philosophy or to philosophical scholarship.
The Ph.D. program falls into two major stages. The first consists of work that prepares the student for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. Studies during the first stage of the program are devoted to acquiring the philosophical skills and learning needed to do philosophy in the second stage when writing a successful dissertation.
The department offers five years of support to all incoming graduate students. Support begins with the first fall semester and continues for at least nine additional semesters, provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress and carries out duties acceptably as a graduate assistant.
The department assigns a faculty member as placement officer and devotes a significant portion of staff resources to help graduates find employment.