University of Minnesota
Department of Philosophy
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Department of Philosophy


Degree Programs

The Department of Philosophy offers both Ph.D. and M.A. degrees. Students are generally admitted to the Ph.D. program, while admission to the M.A. is intended for those with professional goals in other fields.

Philosophy is noteworthy for its emphasis on the individual student's research interests. With the help of an advisor, students design their own program of study, which consists of the philosophy major and either a "supporting program" or a minor. The minor or supporting program, drawn at least in part from a department or departments other than Philosophy, complements the student's research focus. At the same time, the Department provides students with a broad base of knowledge through required coursework. Ph.D. students take courses from four main areas: history of philosophy, logic, ELMS (epistemology, philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of science), and value theory. These four areas provide a firm foundation for research and teaching beyond the Ph.D. program.


Anita Wallace
Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies