Logic and Other Requirements

Logic, Total Units, and Other Requirements

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


The logic requirement for graduate students can be fulfilled in several ways.

  1. Standardly, students attend lectures for PHIL 250, and enroll with the instructor of the class in an independent study. Graduate students are expected to undertake additional work so that their coursework is at the 300- or 400- level.

The remaining means of fulfilling the logic requirement are listed below; however, these are to be understood as potential means of fulfilling the requirement. Whether or not coursework falling under the following rubrics does fulfill the requirement is at the discretion of the logic advisor.

  1. Coursework at another institution deemed equivalent to or exceeding that described in (1).
  2. Coursework at another institution deemed equivalent to part of that described in (1), plus completion of some portion of that described in (1). 
  3. A 300- or 400-level class in formal logic taught at Northwestern. However, no course used to fulfill the logic requirement may also be used to fulfill a part of the language requirement.

Total Required Units: 27 [This includes the nine pass/fail courses taken in the third year]

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Examinations: oral qualifying examination to determine competence within chosen field of proposed dissertation
  • Research/Projects: two research papers related to the proseminars
  • PhD Dissertation: department approval of dissertation topic by three-member dissertation committee with oral qualifying examination as above
  • Final Evaluations: oral defense of dissertation
  • Other: annual review by faculty

Graduate Student Regulations

The regulations governing the Ancient Philosophy Ph.D. program are the same as those that apply to all students enrolled in Philosophy Ph.D. program, with the following exceptions:

  • Whereas other third-year students (who have not entered the program with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy) take two pass/fail courses in the Philosophy Department each quarter, students enrolled in the Ancient Philosophy program are allowed to take one of these two courses in the Classics Department.
  • Students in the Ancient Philosophy Program are expected to attend the ancient philosophy workshop and either the Greek or the Latin reading group. Students are always welcome at either reading group, but they are not required to attend if they are enrolled in a Greek or Latin course. (Students are also expected to attend the Philosophy Department’s colloquium series, as are all students enrolled in the Philosophy Department’s graduate program.)