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New Joint MA Program:  The Departments of Philosophy and Asian & Asian American Studies

This interdisciplinary joint program brings together expert faculty in the history of philosophy in two of Stony Brook University’s departments: Asian & Asian American Studies, and Philosophy. It enables students to broaden their knowledge of philosophy by treating it as a world-wide, rather than an exclusively western, undertaking. The program provides Humanities students with philosophically informed and historically grounded perspectives on what is arguably the principal cultural encounter of our time.

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Coursework focuses on key aspects of the following philosophical traditions: Buddhist, Confucian, Hindu, Islamic, ancient Greek and Roman, Christian medieval, and modern European. Teaching is based on primary texts in English translation, with selective use of secondary sources. Special emphasis is placed on understanding native terms and concepts from the original languages of works studied. The historical texts that you will study belong to these areas of inquiry: ethics, metaphysics, theories of knowledge, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophical anthropology, philosophical theology.

Program Requirements
This 30-credits MA degree can be earned in one year. But it is recommended that full-time students complete the HPEW program as follows: Year one: 24 credits (four 3-credit courses per semester) Year two: 6 credits (two 3-credit in the semester of full-time enrollment) It is also possible to enroll in HPEW on a part-time basis (i.e., by taking fewer than 12 credit hours per semester)

HPEW Director 
Jeffrey Edwards

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