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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Philosophy (PHI)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 38.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 60

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy Department (PHI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue FAO226
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Joanne Waugh
Phone: 813-974-5955
Email: jwaugh@cas.usf.edu

Website: http://philosophy.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Program Information


Contact program for information or visit web page.

Major Research Areas:
Aesthetics
Analytic Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
Epistemology
Ethics & Contemporary Moral Philosophy
Feminist Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy and Religion
Philosophy of Science
Social & Political Philosophy
19th and 20th Century Philosophy

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: August 1
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Same as university plus the following documents must be submitted:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • A ten (10) page philosophy writing sample
  • Brief statement of the applicant's philosophical interests
  • GRE scores
 

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Program Degree Requirements

Course requirements 9 One (1) course from each of the following three areas:
 
Total Minimum Hours 90
Once admitted, students must successfully complete at least 90 credit hours in accordance with the following requirements:
 
Core requirements 12 hours

Proseminar I and Proseminar II
Students should take PHI 5135 Symbolic Logic or an approved substitute, OR pass an examination administered by the Department of Philosophy.

 
Students complete the remaining coursework either or through general course requirements by completing the Concentration:
 
Coursework 44 hours

Students must complete at least 44 hours of regularly scheduled coursework, with at leaset one course or graduate seminar in each of the following areas:

  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
  • Problems of Knowledge
  • Problems of Value Theory
  • Problems of Metaphysics
Courses are selected from the following list, or other course as approved by the Graduate Program Director:

     PHH 6105 Seminar in Ancient Philosophy - 3
     PHH 6265 Continental Philosophy I: Phenomenology to Hermeneutics -3
     PHH 6266 Continental Philosophy II: Political Theory and Continental Social Theory - 3
     PHH 6267 Continental Philosophy III: From Structuralism to Deconstructionism - 3
     PHH 6420 18th Century Philosophy - 4
     PHH 6435 17th Century Philosophy - 4
     PHH 6640 Contemporary Continental Philosophy - 4
     PHH 6938 Seminar in the History of Philosophy - 3
     PHI 5135 Symbolic Logic - 3
     PHI 5225 Philosophy of Language - 3
     PHI 5934 Selected Topics - 1-3
     PHI 6305 Seminar in Epistemology - 3
     PHI 6405 Seminar in the Philosophy of Natural Science - 3
     PHI 6425 Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science - 3
     PHI 6506 Seminar in Metaphysics - 3
     PHI 6605 Seminar in Ethics - 3
     PHI 6634 Seminar in Biomedical Ethics - 3
     PHI 6665 Metaethics - 3
     PHI 6706 Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion - 3
     PHI 6808 Seminar in Aesthetics - 3
     PHM 5125 Topics in Feminist Philosophy - 3
     PHM 5126 Social Issues in Biomedical Ethics - 3
     PHM 6105 Seminar in Social Philosophy - 3
     PHM 6305 Seminar in Political Philosophy - 3
     PHM 6406 Seminar in the Philosophy of Law - 3
     PHM 6506 Seminar in the Philosophy of History - 3
     PHM 6646 Seminar in Development Ethics - 3
     PHP 6005 Plato - 3
     PHP 6015 Aristotle - 3
     PHP 6400 Seminar on Descartes' Philosophy - 4
     PHP 6415 Kant - 3
     PHP 6420 Seminar on Leibniz's Philosophy - 4
     PHP 6500 Seminar on Hegals' Philosophy - 4
     PHP 6520 Nietzsche and the Nietzscheans - 4
     PHP 6530 Seminar in German Idealism - 4
     PHP 6624 Adorno - 4
     PHP 6640 Foucault - 4
Language
Students writing about a text or texts written in a language other than English should demonstrate a reading knowledge of that language. Students writing about a text or texts written in English should demonstrate an elementary reading knowledge of at least two other languages in which one finds research or scholarship devoted to the text(s) being studied.

Doctoral Research
12 credit hours in area(s) of doctoral research

Comprehensive Exam
A comprehensive examination on a required list of readings constructed by the candidate and a committee of examiners

Dissertation
A written prospectus for the dissertation and an oral defense of this prospectus.
 
Concentration in Philosophy and Religion
Once admitted, students must successfully complete at least 90 credit hours including the following requirements:
PHI xxx Pro-Seminar I and Pro-Seminar II 
PHI 6706 Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion 3
RLG 6035 Theory and Methods in Religious Studies 4
 
At least three courses from each of the following five areas:
Philosophy and Religion in Antiquity
    • PHH 6105 Seminar in Ancient Philosophy
    • PHP 6005 Plato
    • PHP 6015 Aristotle
    • REL RLG 6327 Seminar: Ancient Religions and Literature 3
    •RLG 6938 Formative Christianity ?
    • RLG 6938 Early Jewish Literature ?
    • RLG 6285 Studies in Biblical Archaeology 3
Philosophy and Religion in the Medieval and Modern Periods
    • RLG 6938 Augustine's Confessions ?
    • RLG 6938 Medieval Christian Natural Theology ?
    • PHH 6938 Seminar in History of Philosophy 3
    • PHH 6205 Seminar in Medieval Philosophy 4
    • PHP 6500 Seminar on Descartes' Philosophy 4
    • PHH 6435 17th Century Philosophy 4
    • PHH 6420 18th Century Philosophy 4
    • PHP 6415 Seminar on Kant 3
    • RLG 6938 Modern Jewish Thought ?
    • RLG 6938 Hermeneutics and Epistemology in Modern Religious Thought ?
    • Philosophy, and Religion: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
    • PHI 6605 Seminar in Ethics 3
    • PHI 6634 Seminar in Biomedical Ethics 3
    • PHI 6665 Seminar in Metaethics 3
    • PHI xxxx Environmental Ethics ?
    • RLG 6189 Comparative Religious Ethics 3
    • RLG 6938 Buddhist Ethics ?
    • PHH 6265 Continental Phil I: Phenomenology to Hermeneutics 3
    • PHH 6266 Continental Phil II: Political Theory and Continental Social Theory 3
    • PHH 6267 Continental Phil III: From Structuralism to Postmodernism 3
    • PHI 6425 Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science 3
    • PHI 6808 Seminar in Aesthetics 3
    • PHM 5125 Topics in Feminist Philosophy 3
    • PHM 6105 Seminar in Social Philosophy 3
    • PHM 6305 Seminar in Political Philosophy 3
    • RLG 6126 Religion in America 3
    • RLG 6143 Religion, Culture, and Society 3
    • RLG 6196 Religion and Modernization 3
    • RLG 6938 Buddhism and Postmodernism ?
    • RLG 6938 Religious Issues in the Caribbean World ?
World Religions and Non-Western Philosophy
    • REL xxxx Buddhism 3
    • REL xxxx Comparative Philosophy of Religion 3
    • REL xxxx Buddhism and Postmodernism 3
    • REL xxxx Seminar in Confucianism 3
    • REL xxxx Medical Philosophy: Chinese, Greek, Indian 3
    • REL xxxx Comparative Mysticism 3
    • PHM 5125 Topics in Feminist Philosophy 3
    • PHI xxxx Latin American Thought 3
    • RLG 6189 Comparative Religious Ethics 3
    • RLG 6938 Buddhist Ethics ?
    • RLG 6938 Religious Issues in the Caribbean World ?
 
Language Competency
Students writing about a text or texts written in a language other than English should demonstrate an elementary reading knowledge of that language. Students writing about a text or texts written in English should demonstrate an elementary reading knowledge of at least one other language in which one finds research or scholarship devoted to the text(s) being studied.
 
Doctoral Research
12 credit hours in area(s) of doctoral research.

Comprehensive Exam
A comprehensive examination on a required list of readings constructed by the candidate and a committee of examiners.

Dissertation
A written prospectus for the dissertation and an oral defense of the prospectus.

A written dissertation and an oral defense of this dissertation. The dissertation committee will be composed of
    a. Either a Major Professor appointed in both Philosophy and Religious Studies, or co-Major Professors, one of whom is appointed in Philosophy and the other of whom is appointed in Religious Studies; and
    b. At least one other member from Philosophy and one from Religious Studies.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of the Graduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

PHI6706, REL6706, REL6035, PHP6005, PHP6015, REL6327, REL6285, PHH6938, PHP6415, PHI6605, PHI6634, PHI6665, REL6175, REL6178, REL6182, PHH6265, PHH6266, PHH6267, PHI6425, PHI6808, PHM5125, PHM6105, PHM6305, REL6126, REL6143, REL6175, REL6195, REL6447, PHM5125, REL6178, PHI7980,