Our philosophy department provides a challenging and stimulating environment in which graduate students are afforded the opportunity to develop academically and professionally. A graduate enrollment of about forty students and fifteen full-time faculty allows for quality student-faculty interaction as well as smaller graduate seminars. Beyond the graduate seminars offered each semester, academic growth is fostered in a variety of informal venues. All funded graduate students and faculty have offices in either Dodd Hall or the Diffenbaugh Building. As a result, many graduate students interact daily with members of the faculty and each other.
We offer admission on either an MA track or a PhD track. The pre-MA portion of the program is the same on both tracks. Students admitted on the MA track may apply to continue for the PhD. Students admitted on the PhD track who already have an MA in philosophy receive credit for their previous course work.
In recent years, all admitted students—on both the MA track and the PhD track—have been fully funded. Funding includes a tuition waiver and a stipend, as well as payment of the health insurance premium.
The department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics.
Each semester the department organizes a series of colloquia featuring distinguished scholars as well as our own faculty and graduate students. In recent years our colloquium series has included Sarah Buss, Anjan Chakravartty, Jennifer Lackey, Mark Sainsbury, Laurie Paul, Susan Schneider, and Michael Smith, among others. During the fall and spring semesters, graduate students and faculty from philosophy, religion, and humanities meet weekly to read and translate texts of ancient Greek philosophers.
In addition, the Philosophy Graduate Student Association (PGSA) sponsors regular informal discussions on topics ranging from freedom and responsibility to non-western philosophy. The PGSA also annually co-sponsors a Graduate Student Conference with graduate students from the University of Florida.
All graduate students appointed as Teaching Assistants have the opportunity to gain teaching experience at FSU. All assist the department as graders or discussion section leaders, and some have the opportunity to teach courses of their own. In addition to informal faculty and peer review processes, graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of professional development opportunities provided through FSU's Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE).