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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [Archived Catalog]


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Only students who have earned at least a 3.0 (B) GPA in their undergraduate courses will be admitted unconditionally into the graduate program in philosophy. It is expected that you will have taken at least 28 quarter hours in philosophy. Students who have not had a course each in value theory, symbolic (predicate) logic, ancient philosophy, and modern philosophy must take courses in these areas during the first two quarters in residence or as soon as possible. Applications, along with official transcripts and GRE scores, should be submitted to Graduate Studies. At least three letters of reference as well as a sample of original philosophical writing should be sent directly to the department graduate chair. All application materials must be received by March 1 for fall admission with departmental financial aid.

The Master of Arts in philosophy is granted upon the satisfaction of the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 40 quarter hours in Philosophy in addition to any course taken to compensate for deficiencies in undergraduate prep­aration. These hours must derive from classroom courses at the 500 level.  PHIL 685 and 690-695 do not count toward the 40 hours, however they are additionally required as indicated in (2) and (3) below. The 40 hours must include at least one selection from each of the groups indicated below. Additional new course offerings may also count toward requriements at the discretion of the graduate chair.
    1. Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
    2. Ancient Philosophy
    3. Modern Philosophy
    4. Value Theory
    5. Epistemology, Science and Metaphysics
  2. Enrollment in 693 Seminar each fall and spring, 685 Forum each winter, and 690 Supervised Teaching each quarter in residence.
  3. Enrollment (especially in the second year) in a suitable number of hours of 695 Thesis.
  4. Submission of an acceptable thesis on an approved topic, and an acceptable defense of it during an oral thesis examination. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a student may attempt a thesis defense no more than twice dureing his or her maximal six-year term of admission.

Policy Regarding Adequate Progress Toward the Degree

Graduate students are expected to make continuous and adequate progress toward the degree. Progress is defined as:

  1. Enrolling in appropriate philosophy graduate courses (15 hours per quarter).
  2. Maintaining a 3.0 GPA
  3. Avoiding grades of “I”
  4. Avoiding any more than two grades of “PR.”
  5. Arranging for a thesis advisor and a committee of two other readers by the end of fall quarter of the student’s second year.
  6. Submitting a thesis proposal by the end of the first week of winter quarter of the student’s second year.
  7. Evidence of regular progress in completing the thesis (e.g., the submitting of drafts, frequent meetings with thesis advisor, etc).

Failure to satisfy any of these conditions can result in dismissal from the program.

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