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Duquesne University

Academic Year: 
2018 - 2019

Department Name

Department of Philosophy

Department Chair

Daniel Selcer,
Associate Professor

Degrees Offered

Ph.D., Terminal Masters

Areas of Specialization Offered

Social and Political Philosophy, Continental/European Philosophy (including Kant), History of Philosophy, 19th/20th Century Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Financial Aid

Teaching Fellowships:
12
Non-Teaching Fellowships:
4
Teaching Assistantships:
8
Scholarships:
Students teaching their own classes:
17
Other Financial Information:
Duquesne PhD students receive a 5-year $18,000/year stipend, full tuition remission, funding for at least one conference each year, $2,000-$4,500 summer grants to fund intensive summer language study abroad (which can be taken multiple years), a 50% health insurance discount, and tuition-free on-campus academic-year language study. Additional travel funds and research support -- including substantial post-stipend dissertation completion grants -- are available through competitive application. In return for stipend funding, PhD students assist professors teaching very small classes for 2 years (while also enrolling in a comprehensive pedagogical training seminar) and then begin to offer their own small introductory-level courses. After the conclusion of stipend funding, adjunct teaching is usually available for students who request it (with pay approximately equivalent to the stipend). PhD students also have the opportunity to participate in our exchange program with Heidelberg University during their 4th year (for a semester or for the entire year) and continue to receive their stipends (without teaching responsibilities) while they do so. MA students all receive a 25% tuition discount. We are often also able to offer additional tuition waivers to MA students, ranging from 30-50% (availability of this additional tuition support varies year to year). All MA students receive the same language study and conference travel support as our PhDs: $2,000-$4,500 summer grants to fund intensive summer language study abroad; tuition-free on-campus academic-year language study; travel funding for at least one conference each year with additional travel funding available by competitive application.

Faculty


Members

Kelly Arenson, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Bates, Professor
Thérèse Bonin, Associate Professor
Tom Eyers, Associate Professor
Michael Harrington, Associate Professor
Jay Lampert, Professor
Lanei Rodemeyer, Associate Professor
Daniel Selcer, Associate Professor & Chair
Eric Vogelstein, Associate Professor
Jeffery McCurry, Director, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center
Tom Rockmore, Professor Emeritus

Demographics

Ph.D.


Program Strengths

The mission of the Duquesne doctoral program is to provide advanced philosophical training to students of demonstrated scholarly excellence so that they may pursue high-quality independent research under the mentorship of faculty, enter the academic profession as scholars and teachers, find tenure-track employment as professors of philosophy, and become members of the international philosophical community. Our department hosts an active, congenial, and vibrant philosophical community, including an extensive visiting speakers series and graduate research colloquium, student and faculty organized reading groups, and a strong graduate student organization. In the last few years, we have offered graduate courses on the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, Plotinus, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Aquinas, classical Islamic philosophy, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Freud, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Adorno, Levinas, Lacan, Derrida, Ricoeur, Habermas, Foucault, Deleuze, and Badiou. Recent thematic courses have included Aesthetics, Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Phenomenology, German Idealism, History and Philosophy of Science, Early Modern Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Psychoanalysis, Idealism and Materialism, Moral Philosophy, Phenomenological Epistemology, Philosophy of the Body, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Time, and the Phenomenology of Space and Place. NOTE: The current incarnation of the APA Graduate Guide site makes it effectively impossible to accurately record doctoral program placement information. For complete placement information on the Duquesne PhD program, please see http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/liberal-arts/academic-programs/philosophy/graduate-programs/doctorate-in-philosophy/phd-placement

Student Demographics

Degrees Awarded

Ph.D. Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

In State: 
$11,556
Out of State: 
$11,556
Number of Required Courses: 
16
Additional Information: 
All tuition is waived for PhD students. Also, PhD students may transfer up to 3 courses from a previous MA.

Ph.D. Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts: 
Yes
Writing Sample: 
Yes
Minimum GPA Required?: 
No
Letters of Recommendation: 
3
GRE Required?: 
Yes
TOEFL Required?: 
Yes
TOEFL Online Score: 
80.00
TOEFL Paper Score: 
550.00
Other Requirements: 
TOEFL (or IELTS) scores are required only for applicants for whom English is not a first language or who do not yet hold a degree from a university where English is the language of instruction.

Master's


Program Strengths

The primary mission of the Duquesne M.A. program in philosophy is to train well prepared students with strong backgrounds in philosophy to apply successfully for admission to Ph.D.-granting departments.. Our department hosts an active, congenial, and vibrant philosophical community, including an extensive visiting speakers series and graduate research colloquium, student and faculty organized reading groups, and a strong graduate student organization. In the last few years, we have offered graduate courses on the pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, Plotinus, Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, Aquinas, classical Islamic philosophy, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Freud, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Adorno, Levinas, Lacan, Derrida, Ricoeur, Habermas, Foucault, Deleuze, and Badiou. Recent thematic courses have included Aesthetics, Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Phenomenology, German Idealism, History and Philosophy of Science, Early Modern Political Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Psychoanalysis, Idealism and Materialism, Moral Philosophy, Phenomenological Epistemology, Philosophy of the Body, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Time, and the Phenomenology of Space and Place.

Student Demographics

Master's Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

In State: 
$9,630
Out of State: 
$9,630
Number of Required Courses: 
10
Additional Information: 
MA students all receive at minimum a 25% tuition discount, conference travel funding, and are eligible to apply for a scholarship of $2,000-$4,500 in summer funding for intensive language study abroad between their first and second years. We are often able to extend additional tuition support, raising tuition credit coverage to 40-75% of tuition costs (though availability varies year to year).

Master's Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts Required?: 
Yes
Writing SampleRequired?: 
Yes
Letters of Recommendation: 
3
GRE Required?: 
Yes
GPA Required?: 
No
TOEFL Required?: 
Yes
TOEFL Online Score: 
80.00
TOEFL Paper Score: 
550.00
Other Requirements: 
TOEFL (or IELTS) scores are required only for applicants for whom English is not a first language or who do not yet hold a degree from a university where English is the language of instruction.

Types of Master's

Terminal Master's: 
Yes
Non-Terminal Master's: 
No

Placement


Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2017

Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2016

Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2011 - 2015

Summary of Master's Students, 2017

Summary of Master's Students, 2016 — Women | Men | Other Gender | Unknown Gender

Summary of Master's Students, 2011 - 2015