To remain in good standing in the department, each student in the four-year PhD program must demonstrate competence in the following areas, by August 31 of Academic Year 1:
- 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 the 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.
Competence in a given area is normally established by successful completion of a term-length graduate course in the Philosophy Department in that area. For students in the 4-Year PhD program, competence can also be established by having successfully completed a graduate course in a given area in a previous graduate program.