Cornel West
Cornel West

M.A. Program

The M.A. is a two-year program designed to provide both broad competence in the history of philosophy and depth in specific areas of student choosing. The department is pluralist, with particular strengths in 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Ancient and Modern Philosophy, Feminist Theory, and Epistemology. By providing a rigorous grounding in philosophy, we prepare students for further graduate study. We have been very successful at placing our graduates in selective Ph.D programs, usually with funding.

The philosophy faculty as a whole has a diverse array of interests, although many of us have research and/or teaching focus in the history of philosophy (especially Ancient, Modern, 19th Century, and 20th Century) and our program emphasizes the development of historical competence. Our various interests and specialties allow us to offer courses in the traditions of both Continental philosophy and Analytic philosophy, as well as in the history of philosophy generally, understood as the common ground of both traditions.  Our graduate students are similarly diverse in the range of their philosophical interests.

The atmosphere is congenial and intellectually vital, and individual attention is readily available.  The number of graduate students in residence at a given time has been about 6-8.  Our seminars encourage intellectual community both among students and between faculty and students.  We also have a lively colloquium series.

To request more information about the graduate program, please contact Pascal Massie, Director of Graduate Studies (massiep@miamioh.edu).

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