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: Jan 15
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Department Head : Douglas Lind
Graduate Program Director : Kelly Trogdon
Emeriti Faculty: Richard Burian; Deborah Mayo
Professors: James Klagge; Douglas Lind; Lydia Patton; Joseph Pitt
Associate Professors: Benjamin Jantzen; Michael Moehler; Kelly Trogdon
Assistant Professors: Ashley Heflin; Gil Hersch; Karen Kovaka; Jordan MacKenzie
Visiting Faculty: Gregory Novack; Ted Parent

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. We offer core graduate training in philosophy in the broadly analytic tradition, with particular strengths in the history and philosophy of science and in ethics, social and political philosophy. Many of our students enter with the intention of enriching their philosophical background and then going on to Ph.D. studies elsewhere. We have been highly successful in placing our students in leading doctoral programs. Other students simply wish to gain a deeper knowledge of philosophy before going on to other disciplines or professions. In addition to the philosophy M.A., we participate in Ph.D. programs in Science, Technology and Society (which has a philosophy track), and in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought.

Graduate Philosophy Club

The Graduate Students have a Graduate Philosophy Club, which sponsors an annual national graduate conference. The conference features a keynote address by a prominent scholar and graduate presenters from Ph.D. 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
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal :
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical :
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 conference room (WM 215) for faculty/graduate student use. The Department has a seminar room (MW 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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