Course Requirements

Of the 44 quarter hours of graduate philosophy courses numbered 400 and over (11 courses) required for the M.A. degree,16 quarter hours (4 courses) must be taken in accordance with the following distribution requirements:

  • Two History of Western Philosophy Courses
    • One in Ancient or Medieval: 4 quarter hours
    • One in Modern or Nineteenth Century: 4 quarter hours
  • One Contemporary European Philosophy Course: 4 quarter hours
  • One Normative Philosophy Course: 4 quarter hours 

Course Distribution List

History of Western Philosophy - Ancient or Medieval

History of Western Philosophy - Modern or Nineteenth Century

Contemporary European Philosophy

Normative Philosophy

File Paper Requirement

Each year the full-time student will submit two file papers which will be kept in the student's ongoing portfolio. These papers will be read by a second member of the faculty who will judge whether the paper meets the standards of the graduate program.  The Graduate Affairs Committee will review every student's progress toward the degree once a year, normally at the beginning of the Spring quarter.  Students deemed not to be making satisfactory progress may be placed on probation or required to leave the program. 

Foreign Language Requirement

Competence in one of French, German, Latin, or Greek is required. On approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee competence in another language may be used to fulfill the language requirement if deemed appropriate to the research undertaken.

Time Limitation

From entrance into the M.A. program to completion of the degree, no more than six years.​

PHL 400

SPECIAL TOPICS IN TRADITIONAL PHILOSOPHERS

Special Topics In Traditional Philosophers

PHL 410

PLATO I

A study of Plato's life and early dialogues.

PHL 411

PLATO II

A study of the middle and later dialogues.

PHL 415

ARISTOTLE I

A study of Aristotle's life and selected topics of his theoretical philosophy: organon, physics, psychology, and metaphysics.

PHL 416

ARISTOTLE II

A study of aspects of Aristotle's practical and productive philosophy: ethics, politics, rhetoric, and poetics.

PHL 420

AUGUSTINE

A study of Augustine's philosophy through an examination of some of his major writings.

PHL 425

AQUINAS

A study of his philosophy, especially its relations to theology, through an examination of selected major works.

PHL 500

SPECIAL TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

None

A&S 491

ADMINISTRATIVE THEORY AND BEHAVIOR

This course concerns theoretical concepts and empirical research relating to administrative behavior in organizations with special reference to educational organizations. Concepts are examined within the typical decisional framework of supervisors, chief school business officers, principles, and superintendents, and similar positions in the helping professions. Assignments are individualized.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Advanced Masters Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

PHL 434

HOBBES

An examination of Hobbes' role as the father of modern political philosophy: a study of the Leviathan and the Elements of Law.

PHL 435

DESCARTES

An examination of Descartes' role as the father of modern philosophy; issues of the Regulae, the Discours, and the Meditations.

PHL 436

MALEBRANCHE

Malebranche

PHL 437

LOCKE

A study of the major theoretical works.

PHL 438

LEIBNIZ

A study of the major philosophical works.

PHL 440

SPINOZA

A study of the Ethics and/or the Theologico-Political Treatise.

PHL 441

ROUSSEAU

A study of the major theoretical works.

PHL 445

HUME

An examination of Hume's place in classical British empiricism; a study of A Treatise of Human Nature.

PHL 510

KANT I

An introduction to the critical philosophy of Kant by concentrating on the Critique of Pure Reason.

PHL 511

KANT II

A study of the Critique of Practical Reason or the Critique of Judgment.

PHL 512

KANT III

Kant III: Kant's Political Writings

PHL 515

HEGEL I

An Introduction to Hegel: The Phenomenology of Spirit.

PHL 516

HEGEL II

Readings in the Science of Logic or the Philosophy of Right.

PHL 517

HOLDERLIN

An examination of the major theoretical writings, ca. 1797-1804.

PHL 518

SCHELLING

An examination of the treatise on human freedom (1809).

PHL 520

MARX I

An introduction to Marx through a study of selected topics and works.

PHL 521

MARX II

A study of selected topics and works from both Marx/Engels and their disciples.

PHL 525

NIETZSCHE

An introduction to the philosophy of Nietzsche through Beyond Good and Evil, Thus Spake Zarathustra and selected topics and works.

PHL 470

PHILOSOPHY OF WITTGENSTEIN

PHL 535

HUSSERL I

An introduction to Husserl through a study of selected topics and works.

PHL 536

HUSSERL II

Selected topics and works.

PHL 550

HEIDEGGER I

An introduction to Heidegger through study of a major work and one of the Marburg lectures.

PHL 551

HEIDEGGER II

Selected topics and questions.

PHL 552

HEIDEGGER III

Heidegger III

PHL 557

TOPICS IN CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY

None

PHL 559

FOUCAULT

An introduction to Foucault through a study of selected topics and works.

PHL 560

THE PHILOSOPHY OF GABRIEL MARCEL

The Philosophy Of Gabriel Marcel

PHL 561

LYOTARD

An introduction to Lyotard through a study of selected topics and works.

PHL 565

MERLEAU-PONTY I

A study of The Phenomenology of Perception with consideration given to Merleau-Ponty's place in contemporary philosophy.

PHL 566

MERLEAU-PONTY II

A study of the themes of his social philosophy and final ontology.

PHL 570

SARTRE I

A study of Being and Nothingness with attention given to Sartre's early phenomenological studies as background and to some of his literary works and criticism, such as Nausea and Saint-Genet.

PHL 571

SARTRE II

The social thought of Jean-Paul Sartre. A study of A Critique of Dialectic Reason along with appropriate literary works and more recent political writings.

PHL 575

RESPONSES TO SADE

An examination of Sade's writings and responses by such thinkers as de Beauvoir, Lacan, Deleuze, Klossowski, and Blanchot.

PHL 577

DERRIDA I

An introduction to Derrida through a study of selected topics and works.

PHL 578

DERRIDA II

Selected topics and questions.

PHL 584

RICOEUR NARRATIVE

Ricoeur Narrative

PHL 585

RICOEUR

A study of Ricoeur's philosophy and phenomenology of the will with stress on its background and its place in contemporary French phenomenology.

PHL 586

METAPHOR AND POETIC LANGUAGE

An examination of Ricoeur's work in poetics.

PHL 587

READING LEVINAS I

Reading Levinas I

PHL 588

READING LEVINAS II

Reading Levinas II

PHL 589

PHILOSOPHY, LITERATURE, COMMUNITY

Discussion of such thinkers as Bataille, Derrida, Jabes, and Nancy.

PHL 590

TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY FRENCH PHILOSOPHY

A look at the increasing importance of structuralism, deconstruction, philosophy of language, and hermeneutics in contemporary French thought.

PHL 443

MEDICAL LEGAL ETHICS

An examination of contemporary problems in the area of medical legal ethics.

PHL 513

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NORMATIVE ETHICS I

A comparative overview of the ethical writings of Aristotle and Aquinas, with emphasis on the natural law tradition.

PHL 514

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF NORMATIVE ETHICS II

A comparative overview of Kant's moral theory and Mill's moral theory.

PHL 522

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

None

PHL 527

PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS, AND ECONOMICS

An examination of classical and contemporary theories from Smith and Marx to Friedman, Held and others.

PHL 540

SCHELER I

An introduction to Scheler, with emphasis on the phenomenology of value.

PHL 541

SCHELER II

Selected topics and works (Resentment, etc.).

PHL 591

CRITICAL RACE THEORY

Critical Race Theory.

PHL 601

SEMINAR ON AESTHETICS

SEMINAR ON AESTHETICS

PHL 629

SEMINAR ON CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS

None

PHL 639

SEMINAR ON RAWLS, NOZICK, AND THE CONTRACTUAL TRADITION

A study of the contract model from its roots in Locke and Rousseau to the work of Rawls and Nozick.

PHL 640

PROBLEMS IN ETHICS

A seminar in business ethics that centers on theoretical, practical, and pedagogical issues.

PHL 641

SEMINAR ON THE CONTINENTAL TRADITION IN ETHICS

A comparative discussion of the ethical theories of Scheler, Hartmann, Brentano, Levinas, etc.

PHL 650

TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS ETHICS (CROSS-LISTED AS MLS 442 & GSB 650)

A study of religious influences on theoretical and practical ethics. Cross-listed with MLS 442 & GSB 650.

PHL 651

TOPICS IN BUSINESS ETHICS

A seminar in business ethics that centers on theoretical, practical, and pedagogical issues.

PHL 656

SEMINAR ON SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT

A study of selected writings of key social and political thinkers.

PHL 657

TOPICS IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT

Topics In Social And Political Thought

PHL 660

SEMINAR IN FEMINIST ETHICS

Examination of the care perspective as compared to the justice perspective on moral development. Cross-listed as MLS 477 and WMS 410.

PHL 661

TOPICS IN FEMINIST THEORY

Includes such themes as feminist ontologies, theories of discourse and writing, science and technology, etc.