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Teaching Philosophy will publish “Evaluating the State of Nature through Gameplay” by Ryan Pollock, a fifth year graduate student in the department of philosophy.

Graduate Placement

The Department of Philosophy has an excellent record of placing its students in major colleges and universities.

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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available in several forms, the primary one being graduate assistantships.

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Graduate Course Schedule

The University Schedule of Courses is a comprehensive listing of all courses offered by the University in a given semester.

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CUSP

Find out more about the Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy (CUSP) Program!

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Graduate Program

Our graduate program has particular strengths in Continental philosophy, critical philosophy of race, and feminist philosophy. Graduate training in philosophy at Penn State focuses on these areas while providing all graduate students with a strong foundation in the history of philosophy and encouraging genuine dialogue across multiple philosophical traditions, including Continental, analytic, and American philosophy.  Graduate students have the option of pursuing dual-title doctoral degrees in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or African American and Diaspora Studies; doctoral minors in social thought and literary theory, criticism, and aesthetics are available as well.  Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields; a small sample of their recent publications appears here. We strive to prepare our graduate students for professional academic careers through our mentoring program, teaching apprenticeship and certification programs, and our effective placement program.