2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 22, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, PhD

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Philosophy Department
215 S. Central Campus Drive
CTIHB, Room 402
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-8161 - phone
(801) 585-5195 - fax

 Minimum Degree Hours: 120

For information about the PhD program please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Eric Hutton at eric.hutton@utah.edu or Connie Corbett at c.corbett@utah.edu

Admission Requirements

Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree have equivalent undergraduate training, and must pass the Graduate Study Qualifying Examination (GSQE) during the first year of study as a matriculated student.

Areas of Specialization

The department has particular strength in ethics; moral psychology; applied ethics, especially bioethics and environmental ethics; practical reason; and philosophy of science, including philosophy of biology, philosophy of the social sciences, and cognitive science. The department has significant strength also in the history of philosophy, as well as ancient Chinese philosophy.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a total of 12 graduate level Philosophy courses, including two sections of PHIL 7010 - Proseminar  for a total of 6 credit hours, this is required of all entering graduate students and graduate courses or seminars in the following field areas: two courses in Metaphysics and Epistemology (this field requirement also includes Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, and related areas), two courses in History of Philosophy, two courses in Ethics and Value Theory (this field may include Ethics, Applied Aesthetics, and related courses), and one course in advanced logic (

  or equivalent in other areas of formal methods such as Decision Theory, Game Theory, Probability Theory, and so on). PhD students must also pass the Comprehensive Examination, which involves writing a paper of publishable quality and defending it in an oral examination. To advance to the dissertation, students must prepare, defend, and have approved a dissertation prospectus. The PhD dissertation is supervised by a faculty committee of five members and is to be defended in a public oral examination. Graduate School rules govern all students; however, each student’s course of study is prepared in consultation with an advisor. Consult the department’s graduate handbook for more detailed information about PhD requirements.

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