The Department of Philosophy offers courses of study that lead to a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy. Master’s students can specialize in applied ethics, particularly animal welfare and environmental ethics; comparative philosophy; ethical theory; history of modern philosophy; metaphysics; aesthetics; or epistemology. Students interested in graduate work should refer to the Graduate and Professional Bulletin and the Department of Philosophy.

Effective Fall 2018

Any courses required to address deficiencies must be completed before graduation. Credits earned through completion of such courses do not count toward the M.A. degree.

Group 1: Choose 2 courses6
Seminar in Epistemology
Seminar in Philosophy of Science
Seminar in Metaphysics
Group 2: Choose 1 course3
Seminar in Meta-Ethics
Seminar in Normative Ethical Theory
Group 3: Choose 1 course3
Ethics and International Development
Seminar in Animal Rights
Seminar in Environmental Philosophy
Seminar in Applied Philosophy
Group 4: Choose 1 course3
Seminar in Major Philosophical Texts
Seminar: Topics in History of Philosophy
Philosophy Electives 1, 26-9
Out-of-Department Courses 20-3
Program Total Credits:30

 A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.  In addition to completing program credits and courses required to address deficiencies, students must pass an oral defense of their thesis.

Students must complete the minimum number of credits specified in the official program of study as approved by the University Curriculum Committee, and all credit requirements specified in the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for their degree.