MA Philosophy Program Requirements - Exam Option
Systematic Philosophy - 18 units
- Aristotelian Logic (PH-1115)
- Philosophy of Nature (PH-1056)
- Philosophical Anthropology (PH-2040)
- Metaphysics (PH-2050)
- Theory of Knowledge/Epistemology (PH-1065)
- General Ethics (PH-1008)
History of Philosophy - 12 units
- History of Ancient (PHHS-1050)
- History of Medieval (PHHS-1051)
- History of Modern (PHHS-2000)
- History of Contemporary (PH-2001)
Electives - 15 units
In consultation with your academic advisor and in keeping with the emphasis of your program, 15 units may be chosen in a particular specialization which will be explored in the Colloquium Paper. These units may be taken at DSPT, throughout any of the GTU member schools or centers of the GTU, and/or at UC Berkeley.
MA Colloquium - 3 units
The Comprehensive Exam (3-hour closed book), the Capstone Research Paper (20-25 pages), and the Philosophy Colloquium (2 presentations) constitute the “capstone event” of this program.
Goals and Outcomes
In addition to the stated institutional goals, students in the MA (Philosophy), exam option develop:
- a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the Western philosophical tradition;
- a detailed understanding of systematic philosophy;
- skills for academic research;
- an ability to integrate historical and systematic knowledge in a chosen area of interest;
- skills for effective communication of philosophical ideas.
Students demonstrate competence in these goals by:
- producing three research papers (one of which is the MA Colloquium Research Paper) by the conclusion of their program which meet specified criteria;
- using the MA Colloquium to produce a capstone research paper which synthesizes material from the program, and to demonstrate skills for effective communication and collaborative learning, specifically
- to listen attentively to input from peers and faculty on questions or points of disagreement, and
- to formulate responses which incorporate issues raised.