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M.A. & Ph.D. in Philosophy
with a Concentration in Philosophy & Religion


Limited Funding Available

There will be limited funding awarded to PHR (Philosophy and Religion) Ph.D. applicants.



M.A. in Philosophy
with a Concentration in Philosophy & Religion

Once admitted, students must successfully complete at least 30 credit hours in accordance with the following requirements.

REQUIREMENTS

Pro-Seminar I and Pro-Seminar II.

Core Courses

PHI 6706     Seminar in Philosophy of Religion                                                          
RLG 6035    Theory and Methods in Religious Studies 

Course Requirements

One (1) course from each of the following four (4) areas, with at least one course in Philosophy and one course in Religious Studies in each area.

  • Philosophy and Religion in Antiquity
  • Philosophy and Religion  in the Medieval and Modern Periods
  • Philosophy and Religion: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
  • World Religions and Non-Western Philosophy

    Courses

Note: In order to teach at some of the local colleges, one must have 18 graduate credits in a specific discipline. If one does not have 18 graduate credits in Philosophy, one may not teach a Philosophy course; and if one does not have 18 graduate credits in Religious Studies, one may not teach a Religious Studies course. So when planning which courses to take, be sure to include 18 credits in Philosophy AND 18 credits in Religious Studies. The M.A. would thus require at least 36 credits in order to satisfy the requirement for teaching at local State Colleges and Community Colleges.

Languages
Students writing about a text or texts written in a language other than English should demonstrate a reading knowledge of that language. Students writing about a text or texts written in English should demonstrate an elementary reading knowledge of at least two other languages in which one finds research or scholarship devoted to the text(s) being studied.



Ph.D. in Philosophy
with a Concentration in Philosophy and Religion


Limited Funding Available

There will be limited funding awarded to PHR (Philosophy and Religion) Ph.D. applicants.


Once admitted, students must successfully complete at least 90 credit hours in accordance with the following requirements.

Students holding a Master's degree closely aligned with Philosophy may have 30 hours transferred into the Ph.D. program.

REQUIREMENTS

Pro-Seminar I and Pro-Seminar II.

Core Courses
PHI 6706     Seminar in Philosophy of Religion                                                          
RLG 6035    Theory and Methods in Religious Studies 

Course Requirements
Three (3) courses from each of the following four (4) areas, with at least one course in Philosophy and one course in Religious Studies in each area.

  • Philosophy and Religion in Antiquity
  • Philosophy and Religion  in the Medieval and Modern Periods
  • Philosophy and Religion: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
  • World Religions and Non-Western Philosophy

    Courses

Note: In order to teach at some of the local colleges, one must have 18 graduate credits in a specific discipline. If one does not have 18 graduate credits in Philosophy, one may not teach a Philosophy course; and if one does not have 18 graduate credits in Religious Studies, one may not teach a Religious Studies course. So when planning which courses to take, be sure to include 18 credits in Philosophy AND 18 credits in Religious Studies.

Languages
Students writing about a text or texts written in a language other than English should demonstrate a reading knowledge of that language. Students writing about a text or texts written in English should demonstrate an elementary reading knowledge of at least two other languages in which one finds research or scholarship devoted to the text(s) being studied.

Doctoral Research

12 credit hours in area(s) of doctoral research.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive examination on a required list of readings constructed by the candidate and a committee of examiners.

Dissertation

  • A written prospectus for the dissertation and an oral defense of the prospectus.

  • A written dissertation and an oral defense of this dissertation.

    The dissertation committee will be composed of
  • Either a Major Professor appointed in both Philosophy and Religious Studies, or Co-Major Professors, one of whom is appointed in Philosophy and the other of whom is appointed in Religious Studies; and

  • At least one other member from Philosophy and one from Religious Studies.


Annual and Special Evaluations of Graduate Students

All graduate students will be reviewed annually to determine whether or not they are making progress towards the degree, and receiving the proper advice and counsel. There will be an extensive review of each student's progress toward the degree at the end of January in each graduate student's third year of full-time study. If the student is not found to be making satisfactory progress toward the degree, he or she may be given a probationary year in which to remedy the situation and demonstrate that he or she is making progress toward the degree. There will be an extensive review of each student's progress in writing the dissertation two years after he or she has been admitted to candidacy. M.A. students mst form a M.A. Thesis Committee after the completion of 18 credit hours. Ph.D. students must form a Doctoral Dissertation Committee after the completion of 36 credit hours and before the completion of 42 credit hours.