Ph.D. in Philosophy Boston College
Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at Boston College
Boston College’s graduate philosophy programs attract talented students from around the world. We offer master’s and doctoral degrees, covering all periods in the history of philosophy and with a diversity of philosophical approaches.
The Department of Philosophy is noted for its strength in the history of philosophy, contemporary continental philosophy, and practical philosophy, including ethics and social-political philosophy. In addition, the department offers two interdisciplinary programs: philosophy and law, and philosophy and theology. The program also includes Asian philosophy and diaspora studies.
Each September our doctoral program admits a small group of new students, who are immediately welcomed as research assistants. The experience of working with an established scholar is designed to help the student learn some of the basic skills of philosophical research and establish a mentoring relationship with one or more faculty. The program’s flexibility ensures individualized attention in designing a plan of welcome to the department of philosophy at Boston College study. All Ph.D. students have funding through their fifth year in the program (fourth year if they enter with an M.A.) assuming successful completion of requirements. Doctoral students gain experience teaching in the University’s two-semester Philosophy of the Person core course. There is a teaching seminar in the first two years of the program to help prepare the doctoral students to design their own syllabi and to provide feedback on teaching; ongoing class visitations take place thereafter.
The M.A. program admits an additional group of students, who share the same faculty, courses, and other resources for the study of philosophy, including language preparation.
Philosophy at Boston College benefits from our location in the Boston area, a rich center of academic life, including universities, libraries, and cultural institutions that aid all aspects of our research and scholarly interchange. There are opportunities for studies abroad at selected universities.
We invite you to consider joining our thriving intellectual community as we continue to investigate philosophy’s perennial issues.
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