Philosophy and Humanities

College of Liberal Arts

 

Chair Kenneth Williford

 

Web www.uta.edu/philosophy/

Email hekman@uta.edu

Phone 817.272.0505

Fax 817.272.5807

 

305 Carlisle Hall

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Humanities, M.A.

Graduate Faculty

Professor

Susan Hekman

Associate Professor

Lewis Baker

Keith Burgess-Jackson

Charles Chiasson

Charles Nussbaum

Harry Reeder

Kenneth Williford

Assistant Professor

Miriam Byrd

Graduate Advisors

Susan Hekman

Humanities, M.A.

Department Information

Courses

 

Department Information

Objective

 

Objective

The Philosophy and Classical Studies Programs at UT Arlington actively participate in the cooperative philosophy Ph.D. program with the University of North Texas and in the Graduate Humanities M.A. Program at UT Arlington. Our graduate course offerings in philosophy and in classics also support other graduate programs, particularly those in the humanities disciplines and in the social sciences at UT Arlington. These courses provide inter alia the theoretical background necessary to the complete understanding and use of professional skills in such ancillary areas.

The Cooperative Philosophy Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. program in philosophy at the University of North Texas is a cooperative one between UNT and the Philosophy Program at UT Arlington, drawing upon the expertise of the faculty of both institutions. Students apply for admission to the Ph.D. program through the degree granting institution, UNT. Upon admission, students are able to register for graduate courses at either participating institution and to make use of the academic resources available at either institution. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 graduate semester credit hours at each participating institution. See the online Student Handbook for the Program ( www.uta.edu/philosophy/PhDhandbook.htm) and, also, visit the web page of UNT's Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies (www.phil.unt.edu/programs/graduate/ ). For more information, contact Professor Robert Frodeman (frodeman@unt.edu) at the University of North Texas.

The Graduate Humanities Master's Program

Through the Graduate Humanities Program, UT Arlington offers courses of study leading to the Master of Arts in the Humanities. These courses of study are designed to instill understandings across the spectrum of those fields traditionally identified as "the humanities." The Graduate Humanities program is not suited for those wishing to pursue a traditional disciplinary degree, because its views, subject matter and methods transcend those normally allowed in a single discipline. It aims to integrate different disciplines within the humanities and to articulate connections across disciplinary boundaries. Coursework and examinations reflect the methods and perspectives of the humanities. Philosophical Studies is a possible area of concentration within the Graduate Humanities Program.

 

CLAS Courses

CLAS5392 – TOPICS IN CLASSICAL STUDIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Studies in the social, political and cultural systems of the ancient Greeks and Romans, including their influence upon subsequent societies. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

 

GREK Courses

GREK5391 – CONFERENCE COURSE IN GREEK

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be taken only with the permission of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor.

 

HUMA Courses

HUMA5300 – CONCEPTUAL BASES OF THE HUMANITIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Introduces students to fundamental concepts, methods, and issues central to the humanities. Particular attention will be given to a variety of epistemological approaches in humanistic inquiry, to theories of interpretation as applied to cultural constructs, and to recent issues and problems in the humanities. Required of all MA candidates in the humanities.

 

HUMA5303 – APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF CULTURE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examination of the theories and methods by which culture and society have been studied. Discussion of the relationship among natural scientific, social scientific, and humanistic methodologies. Fulfills Foundation requirement.

 

HUMA5304 – CULTURAL STUDIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The study of how elements of culture, particularly texts, practices, and material objects, are interconnected with structures of power. Topics may include analyses of cultural studies in various humanities disciplines, theoretical approaches to cultural studies, and the relationship between cultural studies and the traditional humanities disciplines. Fulfills Foundation requirement.

 

HUMA5306 – CRITICISM, LANGUAGE, AND HISTORY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course examines the ways in which linguistics, literary criticism and history have intersected in 20th century thought. Areas of analysis may include anthropology, historiography, poetics, rhetoric, semiotics, and/or structuralism. Fulfills Foundation requirement.

 

HUMA5307 – TOPICS IN GENDER STUDIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Analysis of the role of gender studies in the humanities disciplines. Topics may include examination of the methods and conclusions of gender analysis in history, the social sciences, philosophy, or literary criticism. Fulfills Foundation requirement.

 

HUMA5391 – CONFERENCE COURSE IN THE HUMANITIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

HUMA5392 – TOPICS IN THE HUMANITIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Selected topics of interdisciplinary interest. May be repeated for credit when subject matter changes.

 

HUMA5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The graduate student must be registered for this when in consultation over the thesis with the supervisory committee.

 

HUMA5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The graduate student must be registered for this course (a) when in consultation over the thesis with the supervisory committee and (b) in the semester or term in which the Master of Arts degree will be conferred.

 

HUMA6391 – READINGS IN THE HUMANITIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Supervised individual study for students preparing for the comprehensive examination. May be repeated for credit.

 

LATN Courses

LATN5301 – INTENSIVE LATIN FOR READING I

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Covers approximately the same material as LATN 1441/1442 (Levels I and II).

 

LATN5302 – INTENSIVE LATIN FOR READING II

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Covers approximately the same material as LATN 2313/2314 (Levels III and IV).

 

LATN5391 – CONFERENCE COURSE IN LATIN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be taken only with the permission of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor.

 

PHIL Courses

PHIL5391 – CONFERENCE COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

May be taken only with the permission of the instructor and Graduate Advisor.

 

PHIL5392 – TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Consideration in depth of the work of a single philosopher or a related philosophical school against the background of the development of philosophy. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

 

PHIL5393 – PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE HUMANITIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A philosophical inquiry into problems and issues of relevance in humanistic disciplines. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

 

PHIL6389 – SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Seminar-style treatment of some major problem in contemporary philosophy. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

 

PHIL6394 – TOPICS IN SYSTEMATIC PHILOSOPHY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

In-depth treatment of an issue or issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics or related subdisciplinary areas. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.