Dec 09, 2022  
Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Philosophy (PHIM)


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Advisor: James Martin, Director of Graduate Studies
james.v.martin@wmich.edu

The Master of Arts in Philosophy offers advanced study in the main subject areas and historical periods of philosophy.

Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the admission requirements of the Graduate College, applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of twelve semester hours of undergraduate work in philosophy, including a course in the history of modern philosophy, and a course in symbolic logic, and to have achieved a 3.0 or above overall grade point average in the applicant’s undergraduate philosophy courses. The GRE is not required in order for your application to be considered for our admissions and funding decisions. For full consideration for funding, our application deadline is February 1. We will consider applications on a rolling basis thereafter (until April 15).

Program Requirements


Non-Thesis Option


To complete the Non-Thesis Option for a Master of Arts in Philosophy, students must complete

  1. At least 1 course (no less than 3 credit hours) in each of the three Concentration areas (the “breadth requirement”),
  2. at least 3 courses (no less than 9 credit hours) in one of the Concentration areas (the “depth requirement”), 
  3. a grade of “B” or better in all courses,
  4. a minimum of 24 credit hours of 5000- or 6000-level courses in the Department of Philosophy, and
  5. a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours. (With the authorization of the Department Graduate Advisor, students may count up to 6 credit hours of courses from other departments.)

Thesis Option


To complete the Thesis Option for a Master of Arts in Philosophy, students must complete

  1. At least 1 course (no less than 3 credit hours) in each of the three Concentration areas (the “breadth requirement”),
  2. at least 3 courses (no less than 9 credit hours) in one of the Concentration areas (the “depth requirement”),
  3. a grade of “B” or better in all courses,
  4. a minimum of 24 credit hours of 5000- or 6000-level courses in the Department of Philosophy,
  5. a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours. (With the authorization of the Department Graduate Advisor, students may count up to 6 credit hours of courses from other departments, and 6 credit hours of PHIL 7000. Please see Graduate Advisor for details.)

Concentration Areas


The department offers graduate courses in philosophy in three Concentration Areas: Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, and Theoretical and Practical Ethics. Students must declare a concentration by the end of their first semester, but may, with departmental approval, change this at a later date. Students fulfilling their depth requirement in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind must take PHIL 6330 Metaphysics. Students with a Concentration in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science must take PHIL 6320 Theory of Knowledge. Students with a Concentration in Theoretical and Practical Ethics must take PHIL 6310 Ethical Theory.

Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind:


Courses that may, given the Proviso below, count for credit in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind are:

Epistemology and Philosophy of Science


Courses that may, given the Proviso below, count for credit in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science are:

Theoretical and Practical Ethics


Courses that may, given the Proviso below, count for credit in Theoretical and Practical Ethics are:

Proviso:


For courses listed under more than one Concentration, the faculty member and student will come to an agreement concerning which concentration a given course will fall under, determined by the course topic and content. Students may count a single, given offering of a course under only one Concentration. The following courses do not count for credit under any Concentration:

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