Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

MA Philosophy Program Requirements - Thesis Option

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Goals and Outcomes

In addition to the stated institutional goals, students in the MA (Philosophy), thesis option develop:

  1. a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the Western philosophical tradition;
  2. a detailed understanding of systematic philosophy;
  3. skills for academic research;
  4. a focused knowledge in one specific topic of philosophical inquiry;
  5. skills for advanced academic writing and publication.

Students demonstrate competence in these goals by:

  1. producing a thesis proposal which articulates and effectively communicates clear goals and outcomes for the proposed thesis;
  2. producing a well-written thesis that meets specified criteria, e.g. philosophical knowledge, writing skills, etc.;
  3. using the MA Colloquium and oral defense to demonstrate their skills for collaborative learning. While working with faculty on the proposal and thesis, students demonstrate an ability
    • to listen attentively to input from peers and faculty on questions or points of disagreement, and
    • to formulate responses which incorporate issues raised.

Course Requirements (48 units total)

Systematic Philosophy - 12 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 - 6 units

  • History of Ancient (PHHS-1050)
  • History of Medieval (PHHS-1051)
  • History of Modern (PHHS-2000)
  • History of Contemporary (PH-2001)

Electives - 24 units

In consultation with your academic advisor and in keeping with the overall emphasis of your program, 24 elective units can may be chosen. These units may be taken at DSPT, throughout at any of the GTU member schools or centers of the GTU, and/or at UC Berkeley.

In Thesis - Units

6 units of “in thesis” allows students time for completion of a written thesis and an oral defense. Students are expected to use the definition of a “credit hour” as the basis for determining their own personal schedules. For example, if taking 3.0 units of “In Thesis,” students should expect to allocate a minimum of 9 hours per week to thesis work.

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Aaron Anderson
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