Graduate Catalog
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Major Williams contains offices for various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. It was converted from a residence hall in the late 1990s. Entire building housed 352; contains 64,673 sq. ft. The building is named for Marine Maj. Lloyd W. Williams, class of 1907, alumnus hero of World War I, to which has been attributed one of the more famous statements of that war: "Retreat? Hell, no!..."
220 Stanger Street 229 Major Williams Hall Blacksburg VA 24061
Major Williams Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MA
MA Degree in Philosophy
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Feb 01
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Department Head : Kelly Trogdon
Graduate Program Director : Jordan MacKenzie (Assistant Pofessor)
Emeriti Faculty: Richard Burian; Deborah Mayo; Joseph Pitt
Professors: James Klagge; Douglas Lind; Wendy Parker; Lydia Patton
Associate Professors: Benjamin Jantzen; Michael Moehler; Ashley Shew; Kelly Trogdon
Assistant Professors: Mercedes Corredor; Gil Hersch; Daniel Hoek; Jordan MacKenzie; Rohan Sud; Philip Yaure

Philosophy Introduction

The Department of Philosophy's M.A. program is one of the top terminal M.A. programs in philosophy in the United States. Our faculty offer core graduate training in philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition, with particular strengths in the history of philosophy, value theory, and philosophy of science. Emerging areas of strength include core analytic philosophy (e.g. metaphysics and philosophy of language), social philosophy, and environmental philosophy. Many of our students enter with the intention of enriching their philosophical background and then going on to PhD studies in philosophy elsewhere.

Graduate Philosophy Club

The Graduate Students have a Graduate Philosophy Club, which regularly sponsors an annual national graduate conference. The conference features a keynote address by a prominent scholar and graduate presenters from PhD programs across the country.

PPE Speaker Series

The PPE Program offers a public speaker series that is integral to its degree programs. Each academic year, several guest speakers are invited to present their most recent work to PPE students and faculty at Virginia Tech as well as to the general public. PPE students have the opportunity to go for lunch or dinner with the guest speakers and thereby develop their academic and professional skills as well as have opportunities to network. 

Philosophy Colloqia

The Department of Philosophy sponsors a regular colloquium series throughout the year, combining internal and external speakers, at least some of whom coordinate with one or more graduate seminars currently being offered.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 90.0
    • Computer
      • 90.0
    • iBT
      • 90.0
The M.A. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate level work. Students may complete the requirements for the M.A. degree through either the thesis or non-thesis tracks. Students pursuing the thesis track write a thesis and take at least 24 hours of regular coursework. Students pursuing the non-thesis track take at least 27 hours of regular coursework and complete a set of comprehensive exams at the conclusion of the two year program.

Philosophy Facilities Introduction

The Department of Philosophy has office space for all who are currently enrolled. There is also a department lounge/conference room (MJWS 215) for faculty/graduate student use. The Department has a seminar room (MJWS 225) where most graduate seminars are held.

Philosophy Facilities

The Department of Philosophy has office space for all graduate students who are currently enrolled.
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