Among the benefits of studying the Philosophy program at the Smith College are the well-crafted tools it offers for approaching questions that we as human beings inevitably face: What is happiness, and can we hope to attain it? How do we balance our desires, needs and rights with those of other people and animals, now and in the future?
Is there a God? Do people the world over think the same way about basic issues, or are there fundamental differences among cultures regarding these things? If there are differences, must we respect them? Since much of our lives depends on perceiving the world, how can we differentiate between correct and incorrect perceptions?
Philosophy Learning Goals
We encourage our students to read philosophical texts from an array of traditions, historical periods and genres, closely and critically, in order to develop an awareness of complexity and nuance, and we wish them to use those texts, orally and in writing, as sites for their own critical thinking, moral and intellectual exploration, and engagement with the world in which they live.
Accordingly, students who complete the major in philosophy should be able to:
- Understand and be familiar with major movements, authors, and philosophical traditions across the world.
- Understand philosophy in relation to historical frameworks, both diachronic (contemporary texts in relation to prior texts) and synchronic (texts in their own time, in relation to the contexts that shape an era’s thought and expression).
- Write clear, forceful interpretive arguments, which give voice to a complex understanding of philosophical texts, and marshal evidence carefully and persuasively.
- Conduct scholarly research in print and electronic formats, citing sources accurately and responsibly—and using that research to enter the critical debates and conversations that texts provoke.
- Make effective use of oral communication and presentation techniques.
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- History of Early Modern European Philosophy
- Indian Philosophy
- Colloquium: Issues in Recent and Contemporary Philosophy
- Language Acquisition
- Ethics and Society
- American Philosophy
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesPhilosophy & Ethics View 885 other Masters in Philosophy & Ethics in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Common Application or Coalition Application
- Smith Writing Supplement
- Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
- Counselor Recommendation
- Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
- Official SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*
- Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)
International53940 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 53940 USD per year during 48 months.
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