Two options exist for completing the Master of Arts with a major in philosophy: Thesis and Non-Thesis.
Thesis Option: the student takes a total of 24 semester credit hours of approved course work and a thesis carrying six hours of credit (for a total of 30 credit hours). The student will normally take a minimum of six courses (18 credit hours) in philosophy. Up to six semester credit hours in supporting fields may be selected by the student with the consent of the department. An oral examination is scheduled after the completion of the thesis.
Non-Thesis Option: the student takes a total of 36 semester credit hours. At least seven courses (21 credit hours) are to be in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies. An additional three courses (9 credit hours) are to be in a minor field outside of the department. An additional two courses (6 credit hours) may be used to satisfy further philosophical specialization, further study in supporting fields, and/or internship opportunities that enhance the practice of philosophy.
Anon-thesis oral comprehensive examination is conducted during the final semester of the student's coursework towards the Non-Thesis Option. Effectively satisfying the student's degree plan will be part of the evaluation for the non-thesis oral comprehensive examination, which may involve more than one faculty from the department or the student's minor field.
Students in either the Thesis or the Non-Thesis Option are required to complete six Course Requirements (18 course credits) from among the following areas:
Environmental philosophy sequence at least two courses (6 credit hours):
- PHIL 5000. Environmental Ethics
- PHIL 5010. Philosophy of Ecology
- PHIL 6700. Philosophy of Water Issues
- PHIL 6710. Ecofeminism
- PHIL 6720. Religion and Ecology (Comparative Environmental Ethics, till 2011)
- PHIL 6730. Christianity and the Environment (Western Religion and the Environment, till 2011)
- PHIL 6740. Environmental Ethics, Science, and Public Policy
- PHIL 6750. Environmental Justice
- PHIL 6760. Topics in Environmental Philosophy
Philosophical topic specialization (3 credit hours):
- PHIL 5300. Social and Political Philosophy
- PHIL 5400. Ethical Theory
- PHIL 5500. Philosophy of Science and Technology
- PHIL 5600. Philosophy of Religion
- PHIL 6100. Epistemology
- PHIL 6150. Metaphysics
- PHIL 6250. Aesthetics
Philosophical history sequence (6 credit hours):
- PHIL 5100. Topics in Ancient Philosophy
- PHIL 5200. Topics in Modern Philosophy
- PHIL 5250. Topics in History of Philosophy
Environmental science course (3 credit hours):
Complete at least one graduate course in Environmental Sciences or related field determined in consultation with Graduate Advisor.