Dual 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 dual 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 2111 History of Ancient Philosophy or PHIL 2111W History of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 2112 History of Modern Philosophy

One of the following courses (3 credits) :

PHIL 3113 19th-Century Philosophy or PHIL 3113W 19th-Century Philosophy

PHIL 3172 American Philosophy or PHIL 3172W American Philosophy

PHIL 4192 Analytical Philosophy or PHIL 4192W Analytical Philosophy

PHIL 4193 20th-Century Continental Philosophy or PHIL 4193W 20th-Century Continental Philosophy

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)

B: Honors thesis option (requires departmental approval and a senior thesis) PHIL 4198 Proseminar (3 credits) and PHIL 4199 Readings and Research (3 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:

PHIL 6230

Ethical Issues in Policy Arguments

PHIL 6231

Seminar: Economic Justice

PHIL 6238

Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications

PHIL 6242

Philosophy, Law, and Social Policy

PHIL 6250

Topics in Health Policy

PHIL 6262

Normative Issues in Foreign Policy

PHIL 6281

Environmental Philosophy and Policy

One course from each of the following groups:

Group A

PPPA 6010

Politics & The Policy Process

PSC 8212

Urban Policy Problems

Group B

ECON 6217

Survey of Economics I

ECON 6237

Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

ECON 6248

Health Economics

Group C

PSC 6103

Approaches to Public Policy Analysis

PPPA 6006

Policy Analysis

SOC 6248

Race and Urban Redevelopment

WSTU 6240

Women and Public Policy

WSTU 6265

Women, Welfare & Poverty

HIST 6011

Reading and Research in History and Public Policy

Group D

PPPA 6002

Research Methods and Applied Statistics (or substitute as approved by the advisor)

For thesis option:

PHIL 6998

Thesis Research

PHIL 6999

Thesis Research


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.

Other requirements

Successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.