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Master of Arts in Philosophy - Thesis

Master of Arts in Philosophy - Thesis

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The program, which is pluralistic in orientation, requires students to develop a broad knowledge of the history of philosophy, major fields, and various approaches and methods. Students are urged to concentrate in a specific area at the advanced level. Specializations are supported in American philosophy, Continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, Latin American philosophy, philosophy of race, philosophical psychology, and environmental philosophy. Two or more years are typically required for completing the MA degree, and five or more years are typically required for completing the PhD degree. The master’s program is designed to prepare students for PhD research or other professional pursuits through providing a broad background in the history of philosophy and recent developments in the areas of philosophy that are strengths of the department. There are two paths to earning a master’s degree. The first requires completion of the second-language requirement and 48 credit hours of graduate course work including the distribution requirements. The second requires satisfaction of the second-language requirement, completing 45 credits of graduate course work-9 of which are taken in Thesis (PHIL 503)-and the writing of a master’s thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor with a second faculty reader. The distribution requirements may be satisfied by receiving a mid-B or better in two courses in each of three sub disciplinary fields: society and value; knowledge, rationality, and inquiry; and metaphysics; one course from each of three out of the four historical periods: ancient and medieval, modern (16th–18th centuries), 19th century, and 20th and 21st centuries; two courses from each of the four philosophical traditions-continental, analytic, American, and feminist-that ground the diverse philosophical perspectives of the department, one of which is a pro seminar taken within the first two years of graduate study; one course in one of four requirement areas: Asian philosophy, philosophy of race, Native American philosophy, and Latin American philosophy; A single course may count toward each of two categories, but no more than once in a single category. For example, a course may count in a sub disciplinary field such as metaphysics, and, at the same time, apply to the history requirement or the traditions requirement.