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Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Declan Smithies on the value of a team of advisors

The Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy program, which is strong in the analytical tradition.  Areas of specialization include Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, History of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Law, Logic, Philosophy of Science, and Social and Political Philosophy.  A large number of seminars are offered each year in these different areas.  Most graduate course work takes the form of seminars that are used to satisfy Course Number and Distribution Requirements.  Beginning students are required to take a First-Year Seminar, which is an intensive introduction to a topic and is usually taught by two faculty members.

The William H. Fink Prize for the outstanding graduate student essay in philosophy is awarded annually.

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Thank you for your interest in our graduate program.

Tristram McPherson on the collaborative nature of Ohio State's graduate program in Philosophy