Master of Arts - Ethics, Law, and Politics


Course Requirements -- Non-Thesis Option

 

Non-Thesis Option Requirements - at least 33 graduate-level credits with a minimum of 18 credits at the 700-level.

Each 600-level philosophy course has a 700-level component. Instructor permission is required to enroll in 700-level sections.

Non-Thesis Option Requirements (pdf link)

 

Core Requirements - 6 credits

Take two of the following three-credit courses (6 credits)

PHIL 650--Ethical Theory
PHIL 653--Topics in Philosophy of Law
PHIL 654--Global Ethics and Justice
PHIL 657--Political Philosophy


Focus Area - 15 credits

(selected in consultation with student's advisor in order to create a focus in some area(s) of ethical, legal, political, or social philosophy):

Take two of the following three-credit courses (6 credits)

PHIL 650--Ethical Theory
PHIL 651--Happiness
PHIL 652--Aesthetics
PHIL 653--Topics in Philosophy of Law
PHIL 654--Global Ethics and Justice
PHIL 657--Political Philosophy
Any PHIL 600-level history of philosophy course focusing on ethics, law, or politics (3-6 credits)
Any PHIL 600-level metaphysics, epistemology, or history and philosophy of science course focusing on ethics, law, or politics (3-6 credits)
Any selected topics course focusing on ethics, law, or politics (3-6 credits)
Any independent study course focusing on ethics, law, or politics (3-6 credits)

Take at least three more three-credit courses (9 credits)

These courses may be taken either from the focus area list above or from graduate-level courses, appropriate to an Ethcis, Law, and Politics MA, offered by other departments.


Additional Requirements - 12 credits

Take two history of philosophy courses (6 credits)
PHIL 607--British Empiricists
PHIL 608--Continental Rationalistss
PHIL 609--Recent French Philosophy
PHIL 610--Plato
PHIL 611--Aristotlee
PHIL 615--Kant
PHIL 616--Hegel
PHIL 617--Nietzsche
PHIL 618--Heidegger
PHIL 619--Wittgenstein
Independent study or selected topics course in history of philosophy

Take two of the following three-credit courses (6 credits)

PHIL 625--Philosophy of Language
PHIL 635--Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 634--Philosophy of Cognitive Science
PHIL 640--Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 641--Metaphysics


With advisor approval, take at least three credits in Anglo-American philosophy and at least three credits in Continental philosophy (may be satisifed by courses listed above).


Knowledge of a foreign language is not required but is highly recommended, especially for students intending to pursue graduate studies beyond the master’s level.


Taking one or more courses with a global focus is encouraged.


Comprehensive Exam Requirement - (1-3 credits)

Phil 795--Comp Exam (Comp Exam credits do not count in the degree credit total)


Supplementary

In consultation with your advisor, students who have not already done so may need to take undergraduate courses such as the following to round out their curriculum:

PHIL 211--Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 213--Introduction to Modern Philosophy
PHIL 317--History of Ethical Theory
PHIL 318--History of Political Philosophy
PHIL 314--Survey of 20th Century Continental Philosophy
PHIL 315--Survye of 20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy
PHIL 114--Introduction to Symbolic Logic
PHIL 326--Intermediate Symbolic Logic