PhD in Philospohy
The graduate program has been innovative since its beginning. We have always placed
an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and the acquisition of skills needed to
work with texts in foreign languages, and students are required to develop a broad
knowledge of the history of philosophy. There is also an important teaching skills
component. Other new directions in the study of philosophy initiated by the department
include the availability of Graduate Certificates attesting to a student's intensive
course work and qualifying the student to teach at the interface of a related discipline.
Currently, the department is affiliated with Graduate Certificate Programs in Cultural
Women's and Gender Studies.
The purpose of the Doctoral Program is to prepare students for independent research
and scholarship in the field, and to help them develop the necessary intellectual
and pedagogical skills for teaching philosophy. The requirements and review processes
are designed so that all seminar and non-seminar work will be completed by the end
of the third year, leaving the fourth year for dissertation research and writing.
The Program includes seminars from these categories: History of Philosophy, Interface
Studies, and Contemporary Philosophy. Each student then selects additional seminars
in one category to form a concentration. In addition to twelve seminars (36 credits),
there is a Teaching Practicum (3 credits) and several non-seminar units: logic and
language requirements, two research papers, a History of Philosophy Exam, and a Prospectus
Program. Here is a summary of the progress anticipated each year:
The department conducts its pedagogical training through the Teaching Practicum and
the courses taught by graduate students which form an integral part of the undergraduate
curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences. Many doctoral students in the department
have won Stony Brook's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate
Student, and we are proud of the outstanding reputation our doctoral students have
earned as undergraduate teachers.Currently, there are over sixty graduate students
enrolled in the Doctoral Program, many from other countries including, Australia,
Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Sweden and and from a wide range
of liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States. A significant number
participate in conferences and publish articles in philosophy journals prior to the
completion of their doctoral degrees.
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Admissions for more detailed information.
More questions? Contact the Graduate Program Director for the Philosophy Department,
Anne O'Byrne, at (631) 632-7570 or