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Undergraduate Bulletin 2009-2010

Department of Philosophy


Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
 Josiah B. Gould Jr., Ph.D.
  Johns Hopkins University

Professor Emeritae/i
 John Kekes, Ph.D.
  Australian National University
 Berel Lang, Ph.D.
  Columbia University
 William L. Reese, Ph.D.
  University of Chicago
 Kenneth Stern, Ph.D.
  Yale University
 Naomi Zack, Ph.D.
  Columbia University

 Robert C. Howell, Ph.D.
  University of Michigan
 Robert G. Meyers, Ph.D.
  State University of New York at Buffalo
 Bonnie Steinbock, Ph.D.
  University of California, Berkeley

Associate Professors Emeritae/i
 Robert M. Garvin, Ph.D.
  Columbia University
 Harold Morick, Ph.D.
  Columbia University 
 Anthony M. Ungar, Ph.D.
  Stanford University

Associate Professors
 Bradley Armour-Garb, Ph.D.
 Rachel Cohon, Ph.D.
  University of California, Los Angeles
 Jonathan Mandle, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
  University of Pittsburgh
 Ronald A. McClamrock, Ph.D.
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Assistant Professors
 Lisa Fuller, Ph.D.
  University of Toronto
 Kristen Hessler, Ph.D.
  University of Arizona
 P.D. Magnus, Ph.D.
  University of California, San Diego
 Nathan Powers, Ph.D. 
  Princeton University

Affiliated Faculty
 Glen McGee, Ph.D.
  Vanderbilt University
 Mark Wunderlich, Ph.D.
  University of Arizona

Teaching Assistants (estimated): 10

The department offers diversified and flexible programs leading to the B.A. and M.A. degrees. A combined B.A./M.A. program is available to qualified students. Through lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided research, undergraduate and graduate colloquia, a student philosophy club, interdisciplinary and special studies programs, and visiting philosophers, a challenging and balanced context for philosophical development is provided for major and non-majors alike.

In pursuing philosophy, students develop their ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, and organize ideas. Philosophy majors are successfully employed in many different areas of the private sector and government service—as managers, administrators, journalists, etc.—wherever a liberal education combining analytical skills with breadth of perspective is valued. Holders of the bachelor’s degree in philosophy obtain jobs held by liberal arts graduates in newspapers, government, management, law, and computer-connected businesses.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Philosophy

General Program B.A.: Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits in philosophy, no more than 6 of which may be at the 100 level. These required credits must include: A PHI 110 or 111, 210, 212, 310, 312; an additional upper division historical course from among A PHI 311, 314, 315, 321, 329, 342, 344, 346, 442, 523, 524, 544, 546, 550, 552, 554, 556; a course numbered A PHI 400 or above. (A student may substitute A PHI 412 or A PHI 416 for A PHI 110.) Students are strongly urged to plan their individual programs of study in consultation with their advisers and in the light of their interests and career goals.

Honors Program

The purpose of the honors program is to provide well-qualified students with close contact with faculty and fuller training in philosophical research and writing than are normally possible.

Students may be admitted in the second semester of their sophomore year or during their junior year. To be admitted, students must have completed 12 credits of course work from the Department of Philosophy. In addition, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 overall and 3.50 in philosophy. Students must submit evidence of their written work, preferably a paper written for a philosophy course. A departmental honors committee administers the program, admitting students and evaluating their work.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 42 credits. They must fulfill all regular requirements for the major, and in addition, take at least two 500 level courses in philosophy (8 credits), and A PHI 498, Honors Thesis (4 credits). The honors thesis is a 20—30 page essay, written in the senior year, under the supervision of a faculty member in the department, and acceptable to the departmental Honors Committee.

Students are graduated “with honors in philosophy” upon satisfactory completion of the curricular requirements with a grade point average of 3.50 in philosophy and a minimum 3.25 overall.

Combined B.A./M.A. Program

The combined B.A./M.A. program in philosophy provides an opportunity for students of recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master’s degree programs from the beginning of the junior year. A carefully designed program can permit a student to earn the B.A. and M.A. degrees within nine semesters.

The combined program requires a minimum of 138 credits, of which at least 30 must be graduate credits. In qualifying for the B.A., students must meet all University and college requirements, including the requirements of the undergraduate major described previously, the minor requirement, the minimum 90 credit liberal arts and sciences requirement, general education requirements, and residency requirements. In qualifying for the M.A., students must meet all university and college requirements as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits, and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, or other professional experience and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the B.A. and M.A. programs.

Students may apply for admission to the combined degree program in philosophy at the beginning of their junior year or after the successful completion of 56 credits. A cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are required for consideration.