Breadth Requirements

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:
    • Ancient,
    • Medieval,
    • 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.