To remain in good standing in the department, each student in the five-year PhD program must demonstrate competence in the following areas, by August 31 of Academic Year 2:
- At least three of the following five areas in the History of Philosophy:
- 17th and 18th century,
- 19th century,
- 20th century;
- Each of the following three areas in Contemporary Problems of Philosophy:
- Contemporary Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science;
- Contemporary Issues in Values (Ethics, Politics, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Religion); and
- Contemporary Issues in Mind, Language and Logic.
The Breadth Requirement is normally satisfied by taking 4 History courses and 4 Problems courses. In some cases, with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies, competence in a given area can be established by having successfully completed a term-length graduate course in a previous graduate program.