Philosophy of Religion

The contents of this page reflect requirements and guideilnes for students entering the doctoral program before September 2018. Please contact an appropriate faculty member to learn more about current requirements, and check back soon for an update!

Language courses in the languages needed to fulfill requirements for Ph.D. (at least one of which must be French or German).

One course in at least two of the following areas: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology.

Two courses in the history of western philosophy.

One course in a non-western philosophical tradition.

At least four seminars in the philosophy of religion Students will normally take at least four courses in an appropriately defined area of specialization that may be identified either in topical or historical terms (e.g. religious ethics, medieval philosophy and theology), and at least two courses in a minor area. These courses may overlap with those listed above.

Instruction in special tools required for the specific area of research (e.g. additional languages, advanced logic, research methods from another discipline) to be worked out in consultation with the advisor.

First Field Exam

Two papers on significantly different topics within the philosophy of religion, with the topics to be worked out in consultation with the advisor. These would normally focus on philosophers or religious thinkers in two different periods, but the approval of the topic is to be left to the faculty in the philosophy of religion. The exam is to be followed by an oral defense before a committee consisting of a least two faculty.  The examination committee may decide on one of three courses of action: (a) pass a student, (b) terminate a student from the program, or (c) allow the student to retake the exams.

Second Field Exam

A paper on a topic that will prepare the student for the dissertation. This topic might provide background for or be cognate to the area of the dissertation. Or it might later become the focus of a chapter of the dissertation. Choice of topic is left to the judgment of the faculty in consultation with the student. This exam is also followed by an oral defense before at least two faculty.