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M.A. in Philosophical Resources - Curriculum

The MAPR program in philosophy is designed primarily for Jesuit scholastics, although it is open to others who seek to enhance their philosophical knowledge but do not satisfy the stand-alone MA program’s entrance requirement of 24 undergraduate credits in philosophy.

36 hours of course work in philosophy (12 courses), including:

  • Introductory Seminar;
  • Four author courses (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas);
  • Two ethics courses (Natural Law Ethics and Normative Ethical Theory);
  • Two modern philosophy courses;
  • Two contemporary philosophy courses; and
  • Integration Seminar.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in coursework. Only six credits of 2.0 (C) will be credited toward the degree. Twelve credits of C eliminate a student from the program.

The Integration Seminar includes a requirement for a paper that integrates the work done in two courses taken in the program.

Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one language other than English, either through graduate reading courses or by taking departmentally administered language exams. Students who satisfy the requirement by taking a graduate reading course must earn a grade of B or higher in the course.