Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Our graduate Philosophy programs attract talented students from around the nation and the world. We offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, covering all periods in the history of philosophy and with a diversity of philosophical approaches.
The department is noted for its strength in the history of philosophy, contemporary continental philosophy and practical philosophy, including ethics and social-political philosophy. In addition, the department offers several interdisciplinary programs: philosophy and law, philosophy and theology, and philosophy and psychoanalysis. The program also includes Asian philosophy and diaspora studies.
Each September our doctoral program admits a small group of new students, who are immediately assigned as research assistants. This experience of working with an established scholar is designed to help the student learn some of the basic skills of philosophical research and establish a mentoring relationship with one or more faculty. The program’s flexibility ensures individualized attention in designing a plan of study. All Ph.D. students have funding through their fifth year in the program assuming successful completion of requirements. Doctoral students gain experience teaching in the University’s two-semester Philosophy of the Person core course. There is a teaching seminar in the first two years of the program to help prepare the doctoral students to design their own syllabi and to give them some feedback on their teaching, which continues in ongoing class visitations during their years of teaching. The M.A. program admits an additional group of about 25 students, who share the same faculty, courses and other resources for the study of philosophy, including language preparation.
Philosophy at Boston College benefits from our location in the Boston area, a rich center of academic life, including universities, libraries, and cultural institutions that aid all aspects of our research and scholarly interchange. Internationally, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (Vienna, Austria) offers a program for those at the dissertation stage to reside at the Institut for six months and participate in lectures and seminars. The Boston College Office of International Programs has a cooperative program with the Paris Center for Critical Studies, open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
The Boston College Philosophy Department is a thriving intellectual community, in contact with philosophers both here in New England and throughout the world, and invites you to consider joining with us in the investigation of philosophy’s perennial issues.
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