Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy and Master of Arts in the Field of Public Policy with a Concentration in Philosophy and Social Policy
The Department of Philosophy offers a combined bachelor of arts with a major in philosophy and master of arts in public policy with a concentration in philosophy and social policy degree program. Undergraduate students may take up to 9 graduate credits as part of their undergraduate degree program, thereby decreasing the number of credits normally required for the master's degree. Undergraduate students interested in the BA/MA program should consult the Director of Graduate Studies as early in their program as possible and must apply to the graduate portion of the program before completing 75 undergraduate credits.
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BA/MA students will take up to 9 credits of graduate coursework during the undergraduate degree to be counted toward both the BA in Philosophy and the MA in Philosophy and Social Policy degrees.
Combined degree course work (those hours counting towards both programs) must be at the 6000 level and have grades of “B” or better; these courses will be counted towards both the CCAS undergraduate and graduate grade point averages.
Once the student has competed the BA, s/he then completes the remaining credits required for the MA.
The general BA requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs are as follows:
The following three courses (9 credits):
PHIL 2045 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 2112 History of Modern Philosophy
One of the following courses (3 credits) :
Four additional philosophy (PHIL) courses (12 credits) numbered 2000 or above.
One of the following options:
A: Two Proseminar courses PHIL 4198 Proseminar (6 credits)
The general MA requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs are as follows:
Two options are available at the discretion of the faculty. Thesis option—30 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 6 hours in thesis; non-thesis option—36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.
Four of the following:
Ethical Issues in Policy Arguments
Seminar: Economic Justice
Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
Philosophy, Law, and Social Policy
Topics in Health Policy
Normative Issues in Foreign Policy
Environmental Philosophy and Policy
One course from each of the following groups:
Politics & The Policy Process
Urban Policy Problems
Survey of Economics I
Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
Approaches to Public Policy Analysis
Race and Urban Redevelopment
Women and Public Policy
Women, Welfare & Poverty
Reading and Research in History and Public Policy
Research Methods and Applied Statistics (or substitute as approved by the advisor)
For thesis option:
Electives may focus on a particular policy area (e.g., biomedical/health care, urban/welfare, or environmental policy), or may explore varied approaches and policy issues.
Successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.