Ph.D. Options at F.S.U.

H.P.S. MA students have several options to continue at F.S.U. for the Ph.D. Degree. We maintain strong links to related departments (History, Philosophy, Religion, Classics, and Biological Sciences),and we will guide students in their preparation to study for a Ph.D. in one of the related departments.

H.P.S. candidates for the Ph.D.fall into five categories:

(i)         History
(ii)        Religion
(iii)       Philosophy
(iv)       Classics
(v)        Biological Sciences

 

History Ph.D.

To pursue the Ph.D. in History at F.S.U., H.P.S. MA students should complete the H.P.S. requirements including a thesis. In addition, students will need to complete additional requirements as stipulated by the Department of History:

  1. HIS 6059, Historical Methods
  2. HIS 6934, Approaches to History
  3. 2 Seminars or Colloquia, 1 in Area of Specialization (History of Science core courses included)
  4. Minor Field:  8 hours (i.e. 2 graduate level courses)
  5. Thesis

 

Philosophy Ph.D.

To pursue the Ph.D. in Philosophy at FSU, H.P.S. MA students should complete the H.P.S. requirements. In addition, students will need to complete additional requirements as stipulated by the Department of Philosophy:

To gain this exemption they must meet the following requirements while pursuing their M.A. in H.P.S.:

A. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, with no outstanding incompletes at the time of receiving their M.A. in H.P.S.
B. Pass Modern Logic I (PHI 5135) with a grade of “B-” or better. (PHI 3130 or an equivalent course in symbolic logic is a prerequisite.) Students may retake the course only once (under tutorial PHI 5998). Failure to achieve a “B-” on the second attempt constitutes grounds for denial of the philosophy M.A. exemption.
C. Pass the two philosophy core courses          

I.          PHI 5665, Core Course in Ethics
II.         PHI 5555, Core Course in Metaphysics & Epistemology

with a grade of “B”or better. Students may retake either of these courses only once (under tutorial PHI 5998). Failure to achieve a “B” in either course on the second attempt constitutes grounds for denial of the philosophy M.A. exemption.

D. Pass at least one seminar in contemporary metaphysics/philosophy of mind/epistemology.

E. Write a thesis to meet part of their H.P.S. M.A. requirement, and make this thesis available to the F.S.U. philosophy Ph.D. program admissions committee for their approval as satisfying the philosophy M.A. exemption requirement. Or take an M.A. examination in H.P.S. under a committee that includes two members of the F.S.U. philosophy department who approve the performance on the examination as satisfying the philosophy M.A. exemption requirement.

Students entering the F.S.U. philosophy Ph.D. program with an M.A. in H.P.S. from F.S.U.are exempted from the breadth (but take note of D above) and history requirements (3.2 D&E in the F.S.U. philosophy program graduate handbook).

 

Religion Ph.D.

To pursue the Ph.D. in Religion at F.S.U., H.P.S. MA students should complete the H.P.S. requirements. In addition, students will need to complete additional requirements as stipulated by the Department of Religion:

REL5035, Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

  1. Area of Specialization (students will specialize in one of the four areas below):
  2. American Religious History: 4 courses in ARH
  3. Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy: Courses with 3 different REP Faculty
  4. Religions of Asia: 6 courses in Religions of Asia
  5. Religions of Western Antiquity: additional language requirements
  6. Thesis (recommended)

 

Classics Ph.D.

The Department of Classics offers several programs of study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. MA programs are designed to prepare students for doctoral level work in classical studies,though from different perspectives and with varying requirements. The Ph.D.program is designed for more advanced students and seeks to prepare students for careers in research and teaching at the secondary school and college levels. Detailed information about the department's graduate programs can be found in its Graduate Student Handbook.

Students are encouraged to study the particulars of each program with care and to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies when making decisions about which program to enter. Students in some programs may also prepare themselves for a career teaching Latin in the schools, and the Department cooperates with the Foreign Language Education Program in the University in order to help future teachers to meet state certification requirements.

All graduate students are required,during their first fall semester in residence, to take CLA 5936 (proseminar). All students must also demonstrate competence in a modern foreign language(French, German or Italian): this is accomplished (i) by completing 12 semester hours of college level work with a grade point average of 3.0 or above, (ii) by earning a 480 or above on the appropriate examination in the Graduate School Foreign Language Tests administered by ETS, or (iii) by passing FRE 5069, GER5069 or ITA 5069. Graduate students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all graduate work, and no course in Classics for which a student receives a grade of C or below may count toward any graduate degree in the Department. No more than three hours at the 4000 level will count toward any MA degree.

In addition to the basic requirements above, students are expected to have studied at least two years ofAncient Greek and two years of Latin prior to admission to the graduate programin Classics.

 

Biological Sciences (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) Ph.D.

The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Program has no strict admission criteria, but it expects applicants to have both a strong background in biology or a related discipline and independent research experience. College-level coursework in ecology and/or evolution, and statistics, is desirable. Prospective students should contact individual faculty in the program directly to identify potential suitable research advisers. The minimum GRE for admission to our program is a combined score of 1100. EEB expects all students to be full-time in the program; all students are supported for the duration of their studies with full stipends (generally teaching or research assistantships) and tuition waivers.

Note: Before admission, students must have research experience (as an advanced undergraduate or master’s student in the biological or related sciences). Most H.P.S. students, who do not already have a degree in biology or a related science, may want to complete a master’s in EEB before applying to the Ph.D. program.

Note: Students who plan to continue for a Ph.D. at F.S.U. should consult with the Graduate Handbook in the appropriate home department (History, Religion, Philosophy, or Biological Sciences).

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