Depending on which of the two plans they choose, candidates must complete either 30 or 36 hours in courses numbered 6000 or above for which graduate credit is accepted by the department. These courses must include 18 semester hours in regular graduate seminars in the department. Courses taken outside the department will count toward the required hours only with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Plan I (Thesis Option)
Candidates choosing this plan must complete a thesis, and the 6 hours of thesis courses will count as part of the 30 hours required for the degree. Normal university requirements for a thesis must be satisfied (see "Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements" in the Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog). Students wishing to take the Thesis Option must have an A- average in graduate level courses taken in the program.
Plan II (Non-thesis Option)
Candidates must complete 36 semester hours of approved courses, of which 30 hours must be taken in the Department of Philosophy. In addition, candidates must submit to the director of graduate studies, by the middle of their final semester, a copy of a seminar paper they judge to be their best. The paper should be revised and corrected in light of further consultation with the professor in the seminar.