Ph.D. Degree Requirements
A student preparing for a doctorate in philosophy must meet general requirements and, before officially enrolling in PHIL 999 Dissertation, must satisfy these special requirements:
Complete at least 39 credit hours of graduate work in regular philosophy courses numbered 500 or above with grades in each course of at least B– and an overall grade-point average of at least B in all graduate philosophy courses. At least 24 of these hours must be at the 800 level or above (including PHIL 800 Tutorial and PHIL 901 Ph.D. Tutorial). Beyond the 39-hour requirement, additional hours in PHIL 999 Dissertation are required as appropriate in accordance with the rules of the Office of Graduate Studies and the Department.
- Complete PHIL 800 Tutorial with a grade of B- or higher in the first year of enrollment.
- Formal Philosophy Requirement: Complete PHIL 610 Symbolic Logic or PHIL 666 Rational Choice Theory with a grade of B- or higher.
- Ph.D. Course Distribution Requirement:
Metaphysics and Epistemology (6) Select two of the following:PHIL 620 Philosophy of Natural SciencePHIL 622 Philosophy of Social SciencePHIL 628 Philosophy of LogicPHIL 630 Philosophy of MathematicsPHIL 638 Philosophy of LanguagePHIL 648 Theory of KnowledgePHIL 650 MetaphysicsPHIL 654 Philosophy of MindPHIL 850 Topics in Recent Philosophy: _____PHIL 860 Topics in Philosophy of Science: _____PHIL 862 Topics in Logic: _____PHIL 868 Topics in Philosophy of Language: _____PHIL 870 Topics in Metaphysics: _____PHIL 872 Topics in Theory of Knowledge: _____PHIL 877 Topics in Philosophy of Mind: _____PHIL 888 Topics in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences: _____Value Theory (6) Select two of the following:PHIL 504 Philosophy of Sex and LovePHIL 555 Justice and Economic SystemsPHIL 662 AestheticsPHIL 668 Political PhilosophyPHIL 670 Contemporary Ethical TheoryPHIL 671 Feminist Theories in EthicsPHIL 672 History of EthicsPHIL 674 Philosophy of LawPHIL 676 Medical Ethics: Life and Death IssuesPHIL 677 Medical Ethics: Professional ResponsibilitiesPHIL 850 Topics in Recent Philosophy: _____PHIL 880 Topics in Ethics: _____PHIL 884 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy: _____PHIL 885 Topics in Law and PhilosophyPHIL 886 Topics in Applied Ethics: _____Ancient Philosophy (3) Select one of the following:PHIL 508 Early Greek PhilosophyPHIL 605 The Philosophy of PlatoPHIL 607 The Philosophy of AristotlePHIL 608 Hellenistic PhilosophyPHIL 805 PlatoPHIL 807 AristotlePHIL 820 Topics in the History of Philosophy: _____Modern Philosophy (3) Select one of the following:PHIL 820 Topics in the History of Philosophy: _____PHIL 824 HumePHIL 828 KantNineteenth- and 20th-Century Philosophy (3) Select one of the following:PHIL 560 Nineteenth Century PhilosophyPHIL 562 KierkegaardPHIL 570 NietzschePHIL 580 MarxismPHIL 582 ExistentialismPHIL 590 PhenomenologyPHIL 592 Contemporary Continental PhilosophyPHIL 820 Topics in the History of Philosophy: _____PHIL 831 HegelPHIL 835 FregePHIL 843 HeideggerPHIL 848 WittgensteinPHIL 850 Topics in Recent Philosophy: _____PHIL 852 QuinePHIL 855 DavidsonPHIL 890 Topics in Continental Philosophy: _____ (Topic, instructor, and specific prerequisites to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.)
- PHIL 901 Ph.D. Tutorial: Students may not enroll in PHIL 901 before the third semester and normally should enroll in PHIL 901 no later than the sixth semester.
- Research Skills & Responsible Scholarship Requirement. The University requires that every doctoral student have training in responsible scholarship and research skills pertinent to the field of research and appropriate to the doctoral level. This requirement must be met before taking the comprehensive oral exam. For Philosophy doctoral students, this requirement is met by the following:
- PHIL 800
- PHIL 901
- Demonstrated competence in an approved foreign language, OR completion of a faculty-approved course in a discipline related to the student's research interests.
- Pass the comprehensive oral examination for Ph.D. candidacy. This examination must be taken after all of the above requirements have been completed, or in the semester in which the requirements will be completed.
After the oral comprehensive examination has been passed, the student must write a dissertation of substantial merit showing the planning, conduct, and result of original research and must pass a final oral examination and defense of the dissertation.
Reduction of Credits
University graduate credit policy does not allow for a direct transfer of credits toward the Ph.D.; however, the department’s requirement of 39 credit hours of acceptable graduate work for the Ph.D. may be reduced by departmental petition depending on the amount and quality of equivalent graduate work completed at another institution. At minimum, 24 hours of acceptable graduate work must be taken in the Department of Philosophy at KU.