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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Philosophy (PHI)
with a Concentration in Philosophy and Religion (PHR)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 38.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

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


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

Contact program for information or visit web page.

Major Research Areas:
Analytic Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
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.


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)


Program Degree Requirements

Course requirements9One (1) course from each of the following three areas:
Total Minimum Hours30
Core requirements6 hours
Proseminar I
Proseminar II
Students complete the remaining coursework either or through general course requirements by completing the Concentration:
Course Requirements24 hours
Students should take PHI 5135 Symbolic Logic or an approved substitute, OR pass an examination administered by the Department of Philosophy
Students must complete at least 24 hours of regularly scheduled coursework, with at least 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 6265Continental Philosophy I: Phenomenology to Hermeneutics-3
     PHH 6266Continental Philosophy II: Political Theory and Continental Social Theory -3
     PHH 6267Continental Philosophy III: From Structuralism to Deconstructionism- 3
     PHH 642018th Century Philosophy- 4
     PHH 6435 17th Century Philosophy- 4
     PHH 6640Contemporary Continental Philosophy- 4
     PHH 6938Seminar in the History of Philosophy- 3
     PHI 5135Symbolic Logic -3
     PHI 5225Philosophy of Language -3
     PHI 5934Selected Topics -1-3
     PHI 6305Seminar in Epistemology -3
     PHI 6405Seminar in the Philosophy of Natural Science -3
     PHI 6425Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science -3
     PHI 6506Seminar in Metaphysics -3
     PHI 6605Seminar in Ethics -3
     PHI 6634Seminar in Biomedical Ethics -3
     PHI 6665Metaethics -3
     PHI 6706Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion -3
     PHI 6808Seminar in Aesthetics -3
     PHM 5125Topics in Feminist Philosophy -3
     PHM 5126Social Issues in Biomedical Ethics -3
     PHM 6105Seminar in Social Philosophy -3
     PHM 6305Seminar in Political Philosophy -3
     PHM 6406Seminar in the Philosophy of Law -3
     PHM 6506Seminar in the Philosophy of History -3
     PHM 6646Seminar in Development Ethics -3
     PHP 6005Plato -3
     PHP 6015Aristotle -3
     PHP 6400Seminar on Descartes' Philosophy -4
     PHP 6415Kant -3
     PHP 6420Seminar 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
Concentration in Philosophy and Religion
Three core courses as follows:
PHI xxx Pro-Seminar I and Pro-Seminar II 
PHI 6706Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion 3
RLG 6035 Theory and Methods in Religious Studies 4
Philosophy and Religion in Antiquity
    PHH 6105 Seminar in Ancient Philosophy
    PHP 6005 Plato
    PHP 6015 Aristotle
    REL RLG 6327 Seminar: Ancient Religions and Literature3
    RLG 6938 Formative Christianity?
    RLG 6938 Early Jewish Literature?
    RLG 6285 Studies in Biblical Archaeology3
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 Philosophy3
    PHH 6205 Seminar in Medieval Philosophy4
    PHP 6500 Seminar on Descartes' Philosophy4
    PHH 6435 17th Century Philosophy 4
    PHH 6420 18th Century Philosophy 4
    PHP 6415 Seminar on Kant3
    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 Ethics3
    PHI 6634 Seminar in Biomedical Ethics3
    PHI 6665 Seminar in Metaethics3
    PHI xxxx Environmental Ethics?
    RLG 6189 Comparative Religious Ethics3
    RLG 6938 Buddhist Ethics?
    PHH 6265 Continental Phil I: Phenomenology to Hermeneutics3
    PHH 6266 Continental Phil II: Political Theory and Continental Social Theory3
    PHH 6267 Continental Phil III: From Structuralism to Postmodernism3
    PHI 6425 Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science3
    PHI 6808 Seminar in Aesthetics3
    PHM 5125 Topics in Feminist Philosophy3
    PHM 6105 Seminar in Social Philosophy3
    PHM 6305 Seminar in Political Philosophy3
    RLG 6126 Religion in America3
    RLG 6143 Religion, Culture, and Society3
    RLG 6196 Religion and Modernization3
    RLG 6938Buddhism and Postmodernism?
    RLG 6938 Religious Issues in the Caribbean World ?
World Religions and Non-Western Philosophy
    REL xxxx Buddhism3
    REL xxxx Comparative Philosophy of Religion3
    REL xxxx Buddhism and Postmodernism3
    REL xxxx Seminar in Confucianism3
    REL xxxx Medical Philosophy: Chinese, Greek, Indian3
    REL xxxx Comparative Mysticism3
    PHM 5125 Topics in Feminist Philosophy3
    PHI xxxx Latin American Thought3
    RLG 6189 Comparative Religious Ethics3
    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.
Comprehensive Examination
Students complete either PHI 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours) OR a comprehensive examination on a required list of readings constructed by the candidate and a committee of examiners

College Degree Requirements

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


USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

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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 Then go to 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: 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.


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, PHH6285, PHH6938, PHP6415, PHI6605, PHI6634, PHI6665, REL6175, REL6178, REL6182, PHH6265, PHH6266, PHH6267, PHI6425, PHI6808, PHM5125, PHM6105, PHM6305, REL6126, REL6143, REL6175, REL6195, REL6447, PHM5125, REL6178, PHI6971,