The department offers courses, seminars, and dissertation direction culminating in the award of a Ph.D. in philosophy. While the program touches diverse areas of philosophy, its chief orientation is toward Continental Philosophy, with many members of the department concentrating on issues in ethics and values studies within this tradition or in relation to the broader philosophical tradition.

The Ph.D. in Philosophy may be expanded to include a graduate certificate program in Women’s and Gender Studies. The combined Ph.D./certificate program requires the careful selection of elective courses to fulfill all requirements. A separate application process is required. Students who are interested in the combined Ph.D./certificate program should contact the program office for additional information.