Ph. D. Program
The Ph.D. in Philosophy Program aims to prepare men and women for competence in research and teaching philosophy beyond the master's level where the student may design their course of studies according to the following fields of expertise:
Metaphysics, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
Culture, Art, Science, and Religion
Under this program, nine of the required thirty-three (33) academic units will be taken from the student's chosen field of expertise. They will also be entitled to participate in the research and teaching activities of the Department through an apprenticeship program under the direction of a senior faculty who will serve as the student's mentor.
Masters of Arts in Philosophical Research
The Master of Arts programs are designed to equip the candidate to pursue doctoral studies and to handle with competence philosophy subjects at the undergraduate level.
There are three options within the Master of Arts in Philosophy Program: a thesis program, a non-thesis program, and a program that accepts, in lieu of a thesis, four excellent course papers that will be consolidated into one.
Master of Arts in Teaching Philosophy
The Master of Arts in Teaching Philosophy Program requires the completion of thirty-six (36) academic units distributed among four (4) modules of nine (9) units per module. These modules are offered during the summer semesters only.
The non-thesis program and the Master of Arts in Teaching Philosophy Program are terminal degrees. A master's thesis or four excellent papers are required for admission to the Doctoral Program.
Bachelor of Arts, major in Philosophy
The course is designed to cultivate the art of philosophical reflection � the attitude and the habit of consciously viewing the various dimensions of reality (nature, person, society, culture and religion) within the horizon of a whole which grounds all forms of human experience.
Aside from the twelve (12) units to be taken in the core curriculum, philosophy majors take thirty (30) required units and twelve (12) units of philosophy electives. Six (6) units of free electives may be taken from other disciplines. The philosophy electives may be designed according to students' interests: Philosophical Research, Pre-Law, and Applied Professional Ethics.
A Pre-Divinity track is designed by the department for students who intent to pursue careers in the Presbyterate.
The required philosophy subjects are Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Chinese or Indian Philosophy, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science or Philosophy of Language, and Logic. All philosophy majors are required to defend a thesis or take a comprehensive examination.
Minor in Philosophy (Certificate Course)
A certificate for a Minor in Philosophy is awarded to undergraduates who are not Philosophy majors, who complete the following courses:
Philosophy of the Human Person I
Philosophy of the Human Person II
Philosophy of Religion
Foundations of Moral Value
Four philosophy electives (12 units)
Students who are interested in pursuing a Minor in Philosophy must consult with the Philosophy Department Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.