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Master’s Programs in Philosophy Curriculum

    The Master of Arts programs are designed to equip the student to pursue doctoral studies and/or handle with competence philosophy subjects at the undergraduate level.

There are three options in the master’s programs: a thesis option that also accepts four term papers with a grade of at least “A-” in lieu of writing a thesis, a non-thesis option, and the Master of Arts in Teaching Philosophy. The non-thesis option and the Master of Arts in Teaching Philosophy are terminal degrees.

Curriculum of the Master of Arts major in Philosophy
(Option I –Thesis)

Pre-requisites
PH 131 Theory of Knowledge 3 units
PH 132 Metaphysics 3 units

I. REQUIRED SUBJECTS (9 units)
PH 200 Methods of Research 3 units
PH 201 Advanced Reflexive Metaphysics 3 units
PH 202 Theory of Knowledge 3 units

II. FIELD OF CONCENTRATION (15 units)
In addition to the 9 units of course work prescribed above, the student is also expected to earn a minimum of 15 units from the other Philosophy subjects appearing under the section on “Course Offerings”.

III. ELECTIVES (6 units)
The remaining 6 units of electives may be taken from any field, subject to the approval of the Department Chairperson.

IV. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS
After all required academic units have been completed, the student is expected to present himself/herself for the comprehensive examinations. These will be composed of two four-hour written examinations on two topics covering:

1. A period in the history of Philosophy
2. One topic in systematic Philosophy

V. THESIS OR FOUR PAPERS AND ORAL DEFENSE (6 units)

SUMMARY
Required Subjects 9 units
Field of Concentration 15 units
Electives 6 units
Comprehensive Examinations -
Thesis/Four Papers 6 units
________
Total 36 units

 

Course Sequence
Program of Study for the Full-Time Student in the M.A major in Philosophy (Thesis)

YEAR FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER SUMMER
First

PH 200 Methods of Research
PH Elective
PH Elective
PH 131 Theory of Knowledge

PH 202 Theory of Knowledge (requires PH 131)
PH Elective
PH Elective
PH 132 Metaphysics

PH Elective
PH Elective

Second

PH 201 Advanced Reflexive Metaphysics (requires PH 132)
PH Elective

Comprehensive Examinations
Thesis Writing

Thesis Direction
Thesis Defense


Curriculum of the Master of Arts major in Philosophy
(Option II – Non-Thesis)

Pre-requisites
PH 131 Theory of Knowledge 3 units
PH 132 Metaphysics 3 units

I. REQUIRED SUBJECTS (9 units)
PH 200 Methods of Research 3 units
PH 201 Advanced Reflexive Metaphysics 3 units
PH 202 Theory of Knowledge 3 units

II. FIELD OF CONCENTRATION (21 units)
In addition to the 9 units of course work prescribed above, the student is also expected to earn a minimum of 21 units from the other Philosophy subjects appearing under the section on “Course Offerings.”

III. ELECTIVES (9 units)
The remaining 9 units from subjects taken as electives may be taken from any field, subject to the approval of the Department Chairperson.

IV. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS
After all required academic units have been completed, the student is expected to present himself/herself for written comprehensive examinations on two topics:
1. A period in the history of Philosophy
2. One topic in systematic Philosophy

At the discretion of the Department Chairperson, oral examinations may be given in place of the written comprehensive examinations.

SUMMARY
Required Subjects 9 units
Field of Concentration 21 units
Electives 9 units
Comprehensive Examinations -
________
Total 39 units

 

Course Sequence
Program of Study for the Full-Time Student in the MA major in Philosophy
(Non-Thesis)

YEAR FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER SUMMER
First PH Field of Concentration
PH Elective
PH 200 Methods of Research
PH 131 Theory of Knowledge
PH Elective
PH Elective
PH 202 Theory of Knowledge (requires PH 131)
PH 132 Metaphysics
PH Elective
PH Field of Concentration
Second PH Field of Concentration
PH Field of Concentration
PH 201 Advanced Reflexive Metaphysics (requires PH 132)
PH Field of Concentration
PH Field of Concentration
Comprehensive Examinations


Master of Arts major in Philosophy list of Course Offerings

PH 203 Philosophy of Being Human 3 units
PH 204 Philosophy of Religion 3 units
PH 205 Contemporary Atheism 3 units
PH 206 Contemporary Crisis of Reason 3 units
PH 207 Philosophy of Work 3 units
PH 208 Philosophy of the State 3 units
PH 209 Contemporary Ethical Problems 3 units
PH 210 Advanced Phenomenology 3 units
PH 211 Philosophy of History 3 units
PH 212 Philosophy of Society 3 units
PH 213 History of Ancient Indian Thought 3 units
PH 214 History of Ideas: Eastern II (Chinese Philosophy) 3 units
PH 215 Medieval Philosophy 3 units
PH 216 Aquinas 3 units
PH 217 Aristotle 3 units
PH 218 History of Modern Indian/Chinese Thought 3 units
PH 219 Plato 3 units
PH 220 Augustine 3 units
PH 221 Kant 3 units
PH 222 Scheler 3 units
PH 223 Ricoeur 3 units
PH 224 Philosophy of Woman 3 units
PH 225 Buddhist Thought 3 units
PH 226 Philosophical Perspectives 3 units
PH 227 Philosophical Topics 3 units
PH 229 Neoplatonism 3 units
PH 230 Peirce 3 units
PH 231 Kierkegaard 3 units
PH 232 Marcel 3 units
PH 233 Sartre 3 units
PH 234 Heidegger 3 units
PH 235 Teilhard de Chardin 3 units
PH 236 Merleau-Ponty 3 units
PH 237 Hegel 3 units
PH 238 Marx 3 units
PH 239 Aurobindo 3 units
PH 240 Philosophy of Art 3 units
PH 241 The Problem of God in Existential Literature 3 units
PH 242 Seminar in Teaching Philosophy 3 units
PH 250 Philosophy of Language 3 units
PH 251 Wittgenstein’s Mature Philosophy: Meaning as Use 3 units
PH 252 Philosophy of Science 3 units
PH 258 Critical Theory 3 units
PH 259 Hobbes and Rousseau 3 units
PH 260 Foucault 3 units
PH 261 Von Hildebrand 3 units
PH 262 Levinas 3 units
PH 263 Derrida 3 units
PH 264 Gadamer 3 units
PH 265 Post-Modernism 3 units
PH 266 Philosophy and Film 3 units
PH 267 Business Ethics 3 units
PH 269 Philosophy and Literature 3 units
PH 270 Advanced Aesthetics 3 units
PH 271 Arendt 3 units
PH 272 Nietzsche 3 units
PH 273 Foundations of Moral Deliberation 3 units
PH 274 Social Ethics 3 units
PH 276 Political Philosophy 3 units
PH 277 Hellenistic Philosophy 3 units





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