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Duquesne University

Updated

November 12, 2017

Department Name

Department of Philosophy

Department Chair

Ron Polansky,
Professor & Chair

Degrees Offered

Ph.D., Terminal Masters

Areas of Specialization Offered

Social and Political Philosophy, History / Traditions, Early Modern Philosophy (17th & 18th Century), Continental/European Philosophy (including Kant), History of Philosophy, Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, 19th/20th Century Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Financial Aid

Teaching Fellowships:
12
Non-Teaching Fellowships:
Teaching Assistantships:
8
Scholarships:
Students teaching their own classes:
12
Other Financial Information:
In addition to a 5-year $18,000/year stipend and full tuition remission, all PhD students have substantial yearly conference travel funds as well as multiple ~$2,000-$4,000 grants for intensive summer language study abroad. Any on-campus language study is tuition-free. Additional travel funds and research support -- including substantial dissertation completion grants -- are available through competitive application. In return for their funding, PhD students TA for 2 years and then begin to teach their own small introductory-level courses (with enrollments limited to a maximum of 28). During their fourth year, students serve as Research Assistants for members of the faculty. After the conclusion of stipend funding (i.e., from the 6th year forward), additional teaching is usually available for students who request it (with approximately stipend-equivalent). Our MA students receive at minimum 25% tuition remission plus the same language study and conference travel funding as the PhD students (see above). We are sometimes able to offer additional tuition assistance to MA students, though this varies year to year.

Faculty


Members

Kelly Arenson, Asst. Prof.
Jennifer Bates, Professor
Thérèse Bonin, Associate Professor
Brian Cronin, Associate Professor
Fred Evans, Professor
Tom Eyers, Assistant Professor
Michael Harrington, Associate Professor
Charles Don Keyes, Professor
Jay Lampert, Professor
Patrick Lee Miller, Associate Professor
Ronald Polansky, Professor & Chair
Lanei Rodemeyer, Associate Professor
Daniel Selcer, Associate Professor
James Swindal, Professor & Dean
Eric Vogelstein, Assistant Professor
Faith Bjalobok, Assistant Professor
Jeffery McCurry, Director, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center

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.

Student Demographics

Degrees Awarded

Ph.D. Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

Number of Required Courses: 
16
Additional Information: 
All tuition is waived for doctoral students.

Ph.D. Program Entry Requirements

Trascripts: 
Yes
Writing Sample: 
Yes
Minimum GPA: 
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 non-native English-speakers 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: 
$11,106
Out of State: 
$11,106
Number of Required Courses: 
10
Additional Information: 
MA students receive a 25% tuition discount plus significant funding for language study and conference travel.

Master's Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts Required?: 
Yes
Writing SampleRequired?: 
Yes
Letters of Recommendation: 
3
GRE Required?: 
Yes
GPA 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 non-native English-speakers 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, 2011 - 2015

Summary of Master's Students, 2011 - 2015 — Women | Men | Other Gender | Unknown Gender