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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2003-2005 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Philosophy 730 Programs  

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The faculty in philosophy offers a comprehensive program of doctoral studies covering the principal branches of the subject. The program is organized to give students breadth of background before they specialize. The curriculum, which provides a wide range of options in the later stages of study, is complemented by related advanced-study courses in other disciplines at the Graduate School-New Brunswick. The program leading to the Ph.D. requires 48 credits, or 16 courses, taken at the rate of four courses a term. Teaching assistants take only three courses a term. In addition, the program requires 24 credits of research. There is no residency requirement.

Applicants with distinguished undergraduate records who lack certain prerequisites for graduate study in philosophy may be accepted if they remedy these deficiencies by taking undergraduate courses without graduate credit.

There are five requirements in the doctoral program in philosophy. The first, the course requirement, specifies that the student must pass 16 courses (worth 48 credits) that have been approved by the department. The second, the distribution requirement, ensures that students have a broad background in philosophy. To meet this standard, students must earn a grade of B or better in one designated 500-level course in each of six areas of the subject. In addition, they must earn a Bor better in another two 500- or 600-level courses taken in four of the six specialty areas. These areas of distribution are

1. ancient/medieval philosophy (up to 1600 a.d.)

2. modern philosophy

3. logic and philosophy of language

4. epistemology and philosophy of science

5. metaphysics and philosophy of mind

6. ethics and value theory

Successful completion of the next two requirements constitutes passing the qualifying examination. These two requirements are the literature review and the area-of-concentration requirement, which measures a student`s specialized knowledge. To complete the area-of-concentration requirement, students must pass a comprehensive examination in one of the six specialty areas listed above.

As soon as possible after passing the area examination, the student chooses a predissertation adviser and then meets with the graduate director to begin satisfying the predissertation requirements. The graduate director, in consultation with the student, appoints a pre-dissertation committee of three members of the graduate faculty, including the adviser. The predissertation requirements are a predissertation paper ("proto-chapter"), a dissertation proposal, and a predissertation oral examination.

By successfully completing the predissertation requirements, the student qualifies to advance to the candidacy stage.

After a student has met the first four requirements, the final requirement is the dissertation. To be accepted, the dissertation must be judged publishable as measured by style, scholarship, and originality.

When a student has reached the dissertation stage, the director of the graduate program, in consultation with the student, appoints a dissertation committee, with one member designated as dissertation adviser, to direct the student`s work on the dissertation. This com-mittee must approve formally the dissertation proposal, and all members of the committee must approve the completed dissertation.

To obtain a master of arts degree, a student must (1) satisfy all of the master`s degree area-distribution course requirements (including nine courses in philosophy); (2) pass with grades of Bor better 30 credits of courses approved by the philosophy department; and (3) pass the area-of-concentration requirement. The latter requirement constitutes the comprehensive examination.

Normally, the master of arts in philosophy is not offered as a terminal degree and is taken only by students enrolled in the Ph.D. program.


 
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