Course Requirements

Skills Requirement

The skills requirement must be met by showing competence in Greek or Latin, as appropriate for the authors the student wishes to work on. One must have at least three-years worth of language study or the equivalent.

If a student is admitted to the program without knowledge of Greek, he or she should take an intensive course the summer before arriving. (This can be done for free at the University of Chicago). Students entering the program with only one year of Greek must take second-year Greek (Greek 201-1,2,3) in their first year. Alternatively, students may be able to move directly to 300-level courses after taking Greek 201-1.

Proseminars and Distribution Requirements

These are the same as those that apply to all Philosophy Ph. D. students:

Proseminars:
  • PHIL 401-1,2: Proseminar (first year): 2
  • PHIL 402-1,2: Proseminar (second year): 2
Distribution Requirement:

Students must take at least one Philosophy Department course, at the 300- or 400-level, in each of the following areas:

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy Category A: moral or political philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy Category B: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, or philosophy of science

Philosophical Greek Courses

Each year, the Classics Department will offer one designated course in which students read a philosophical text in Greek. Students in both their first and second years must enroll in this course for credit. Students in their third year must take the course pass/fail. Students in higher years are encouraged to enroll. Students who enter the program with only one year of Greek can either take this course in their first year (if they feel ready) or take it for credit in their second and third years.

Electives

  • Philosophy courses at the 400-level: 10 (two fewer than those that apply to other Philosophy Ph. D. students)
  • Greek or Latin courses at the 300-level or above (including philosophical Greek): 4.
  • Classes taken P/NP in the Classics Department during the third year can be at the 400- or 300-level, or may be lower level if they are language courses.
  • Additional courses: 4 (two fewer than those that apply to other Philosophy Ph. D. students)

Students enrolled in the Ph. D. Program in Ancient Philosophy do not take as many 400-level Philosophy courses (ten instead of twelve), and have fewer additional courses (four instead of six); and they take the two philosophical Greek courses as well as two other Greek or Latin courses. If a student in this program needs to take language courses below the 300-level, these can either be among the four “additional courses” mentioned above or be taken as an overload.