Approved by Graduate Council and Graduate Division, November. 10, 2008. These needs apply prospectively starting with individuals accepted for Fall 2009. Students who joined this program underneath the old needs may choose with the idea to continue under that regime in order to adopt the needs below.
The Ph.D. program is made to provide students having a broad understanding of the concept of philosophy, while providing them with possibilities to operate intensively around the problems that interest them probably the most. Throughout the first stage of the graduate education, students satisfy the Department’s course distribution needs and make preparations to accept qualifying examination. This examination assesses the student’s strengths in areas selected through the student in consultation with supervising faculty. After passing test, students advance to candidacy and start writing the Ph.D. thesis. An in depth explanation from the needs for that Ph.D. in Philosophy follows.
Before Evolving to Candidacy
Throughout the first stage from the program, students are anticipated to get a broad background in philosophy and develop their philosophical abilities by fulfilling the next needs:
A 1-semester seminar for first-year graduated pupils only, conducted by two faculty people, on some central section of philosophy.
The Logic Requirement has two components:
- Completing Philosophy 12A or its equivalent, having a grade of B+ or better.
- Completing 140A or 140B having a grade of B+ or better. Courses having a comparable formal component including, generally, courses within the 140 series may satisfy this requirement, using the approval from the Graduate Consultant.
Both areas of the necessity might be satisfied by effective completing equivalent logic courses before coming at Berkeley.
Whether taken at Berkeley or elsewhere, courses drawn in fulfillment from the logic requirement don’t count for the eight-course distribution requirement.
Before you take the Qualifying Exam a student must complete eight courses in the 100- or 200-level finished with a grade of the- or greater. Four or five from the eight courses should be graduate workshops. The eight courses must fulfill the following distribution needs:
Two eight courses should be within the good reputation for philosophy: one out of ancient philosophy and something in modern philosophy. The courses might be on anyone philosopher or number of philosophers attracted in the following lists:
- Ancient: Plato, Aristotle
- Modern: Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Spinoza, Leibniz, and Kant
Four from the eight courses should be within the following areas, with a minumum of one course from each area:
- Area 1: Philosophical logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mathematics.
- Area 2: Metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of action
- Area 3: Ethics, political, social and legal philosophy, and appearance
A seventh course might be any Philosophy course within the 100 or 200 series aside from 100, 195-199, 200, 250, 251 and 299.
An eighth course might be either any Philosophy course as specified above or perhaps a course from another Department that has been authorized by the Graduate Consultant.
In exceptional cases, students may, in the discretion from the Graduate Consultant, meet one distribution requirement by presenting work done like a graduate student elsewhere: typically a graduate thesis or work completed in a graduate-level course. Meeting a distribution requirement in this manner won’t count as meeting any area of the four-seminar requirement.
Before you take the Qualifying Examination the candidate must pass a departmental examination in French, German, Greek, or Latin requiring the translation of 600 words in 2 hrs by using a dictionary. A test in another language might be authorized by the Graduate Consultant whether it contains significant philosophical literature associated with the student’s dissertation work.
Students should aim to accept qualifying examination through the finish from the fifth enrolled semester plus they will need to take it through the finish from the sixth enrolled semester.
To be able to go ahead and take examination a student should have satisfied the department’s course needs and should have passed the word what requirement.
The qualifying examination is run with a committee of three faculty people in the department and something faculty person in another department. The people of the committee are nominated towards the Graduate Division through the Graduate Consultant in consultation using the candidate.
Right after assembling a test committee, the candidate should, in consultation with this particular committee, write a 300-word description and compile a summary of readings for every of three suggested topics for examination. Each subject ought to be dedicated to a significant philosophical problem or question. Together the themes should reflect an account balance of breadth and depth, and also the Graduate Consultant must approve they meet these criteria.
Per week prior to the qualifying examination, the candidate should submit a summary essay of 1500-3000 words for every subject, which expands around the initial description. The essay should try to construct the central problem or question, to describe its importance, and also to evaluate critically the tries to resolve or answer it, by having an eye to developing a view within, or about, the controversy.
The qualifying examination itself is a three-hour dental exam administered through the committee. The candidate’s essays should function as a springboard for discussion within the exam. The objective of the examination would be to test the student’s general mastery of philosophy. Students are anticipated to attract around the information, skills and understanding acquired within their graduate study and also to demonstrate sufficient breadth and depth of philosophical comprehension and skill to supply a grounds for proceeding toward a Ph.D.
If your student fails the qualifying examination, the analyzing committee might suggest that another examination be administered through the same committee. The 2nd examination should be administered no earlier than three several weeks with no after six several weeks following a first attempt. Failure around the second attempt can lead to a student being instantly ignored in the graduate program. (See Section F2.7 from the Help guide to Graduate Policy .)
Students should advance to candidacy as quickly as possible plus they should do so no after annually after passing the qualifying examination. (Note: students are qualified for that Graduate Division’s full Normative Time Fellowship or Doctorate Completion Fellowship only when they advance to candidacy within six semesters of entering the graduate program.)
Before advancement to candidacy a student must constitute a dissertation committee composed of two faculty people in the department as well as an outdoors faculty member from another department.
Within the semester after passing the qualifying examination a student will need to take two individual study courses of four units each using the two inside people of their dissertation committee with regards to preparing a dissertation prospectus.
The dissertation prospectus ought to be posted both towards the inside people from the committee and also to the Graduate Consultant through the finish of this semester. It ought to contain about 15 pages and description plans for that dissertation. Alternatively, the prospectus may contain areas of a potential chapter from the dissertation plus a short sketch from the dissertation project.
Following submission from the prospectus, the candidate will come across using the inside people from the committee for an off-the-cuff discussion from the candidate’s suggested research.
Each student for that Ph.D. degree is anticipated to function as a graduate student instructor not less than two semesters.
Students within the first couple of years after declaring candidacy must sign up for the dissertation seminar (Philosophy 295) not less than one semester every year, where they have to present a bit of operate in progress, and therefore are likely to attend the seminar all year long. (The seminar meets almost every other week.) A lot of students focusing on dissertations ought to attend the seminar.
In the finish of every academic year, you will see a conference from the student and both co-chairs of their dissertation committee to go over the student’s progress within the year and their plans for an additional year.
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