M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs open new frontiers for applied philosophy
Binghamton University's degree programs in philosophy offer an intimate, challenging, and unique environment for study. The program typically has around 35 graduate students enrolled at any given time, and the Department of Philosophy consists of 14 accomplished professors whose expertise spans continents and millennia.
The MA degree program requires 32 credits of graduate coursework, and can function as an effective stepping stone for students wishing to pursue doctoral programs in the future. The curriculum is also relevant to other fields, and can be specially customized for those aiming toward careers in business, law, and more.The PhD degree program requires 24 credits beyond the MA degree program and is also open to students entering with only a previous BA degree in philosophy. Graduates of the program are prepared to teach at the college level and participate in research and publishing within the field.
The SPEL program: a pragmatic focus
Binghamton University's curriculum is guided by SPEL, which stands for social, political, ethical, and legal philosophy. Knowledge of the world's philosophical traditions is combined with a focus on the practical ways in which they inform the actions of nations, cultures, and individuals.
Topics covered in SPEL include issues of national and international importance. Feminist philosophies, critical race theory, relativism, environmental ethics, and human rights are just some areas in which the faculty publish research and contribute to ongoing conversations. The department attempts to integrate continental perspectives alongside Anglo-American approaches, and encourages interdisciplinary investigations of art, literature, and history.
Examples of faculty member publications
Anthony Preus, distinguished teaching professor of philosophy, specializes in the western tradition of Plato and Aristotle. But in addition to editing scholastic works on ancient Greek philosophy, he studies how ancient thinkers related their beliefs to politics and the underlying issues of democratic, oligarchic, and tyrannical governments.
Nicole Hassoun is associate professor of philosophy, and she explores social and political issues including foreign aid, free trade, globalism, poverty, and environmentalism. She teaches courses on systems of law, justice, and the ethical dilemmas of modern social institutions. Her work has also been published in American and European journals dedicated to economics and political science.
Melissa Zinkin, associate professor of philosophy, delves deep into moral philosophy and the imagination. Her work has included studies of aesthetics, film, and art, demonstrating the inclusive nature of modern academic scholarship.
Opening doors after graduation
In recent years many articles have defended philosophy -- not for providing the intellectual elite an oasis from pop culture and consumerism -- but as practical training for career opportunities. Philosophy majors typically score among the very highest on GREs and other exams, and many industries are cognizant of this trend. Employment opportunities in business and law require reasoning, logic, ethics, and flexibility of thinking in novel situations.
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