Research Tool Requirement

To remain in good standing in the department, each PhD student must demonstrate competence in at least one research tool by August 31 of the academic year following the Qualifying Year. A research tool may be one of the following:

  • reading knowledge of a language other than English,
  • familiarity with a discipline other than philosophy (e.g., linguistics, psychology, or mathematics),
  • mastery of research methods not typical in philosophy (e.g., statistical methods).

The research tool will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student’s thesis committee.

A student whose thesis committee requires more than one research tool may request an additional 6 months to complete the requirement. Such a request must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.