PhD in Asian Philosophies and Cultures

California Institute of Integral Studies

Program Description

PhD in Asian Philosophies and Cultures

California Institute of Integral Studies

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures doctorate offers intensive study in the spiritual and philosophical traditions of South Asia, China, and the Himalayan regions, both with respect to classical and contemporary contexts.

The PhD consists of 36 semester units of coursework, plus two comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. The coursework consists of twelve units within the program, twelve units in Asian-themed electives, and twelve units in general electives.

Graduates of our PhD program are expected to:

1. Make an original and substantive contribution to the disciplines of Asian religion or philosophy.

  • Think independently to develop questions, concepts, and methodologies.
  • Identify new research opportunities within these fields.
  • Reflect critically upon the histories, tenets, and traditions in their major field.
  • Keep abreast of current advances within these fields and related areas.

2. Demonstrate advanced research and writing skills

  • Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating their own findings and those of others.
  • Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills.
  • Understand the range of issues in the comparative approach to religion and philosophy.
  • Demonstrate ability to write about complex ideas and research in a professional and nuanced manner.

3. Demonstrate commitment to participation in the community of scholars.

  • Show commitment to personal professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes.
  • Show commitment to supporting and promoting learning through teaching, collaborative inquiry, or professional practice.

4. Demonstrate ability to situate scholarship in relationship to social and personal transformation.

  • Situate self in relationship to work and multiple perspectives.
  • Build upon internal passion and vision toward external career and action

5. Demonstrate professional skills.

  • Adhere to ethical standards in the discipline and in relation to the communities studied.
  • Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively.
  • Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline and setting.
  • Appropriately use media for the dissemination of work.

PhD Language Recommendation

PhD students may be required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language if it is deemed essential for the student's dissertation research. Language proficiency may be demonstrated by having passed two years of course work in the study of a language, or additional language study depending on the dissertation topic.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 6, 2017
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2 years
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USA - San Francisco, California
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