Program Structure

    1. Program Requirements: 

1- Core Courses (24 Credit Hours): 

  • - PHIL 611 Logic and Method in Philosophy

    - PHIL 614 Issues in Modern and Contemporary Western Philosophy

    - PHIL 615 Issues in Greek Philosophy

    - PHIL 617 Contemporary Arab Political Thought

    - PHIL 618 Western Social Philosophy

    - PHIL 619 Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • - PHIL 613 Philosophy of Democracy and Human Rights

  • - PHIL 616 Philosophy of Ethics and Justice

2- Program Electives (3 Credit Hours): 

  • - PHIL 636 Issues in Islamic Philosophy

    - PHIL 630 Modern and Contemporary Arab Social Philosophy

    - PHIL 629 Special Topics in Philosophy

    - PHIL 635 Modern and Contemporary Arab Philosophy


3- Specialized English Language Course (non- credit )

- PHIL 001 Philosophical Texts in English

B. School Requirements: 

1- Cross - Disciplinary Course (3 Credit Hours): 

- SOSH 601 Issues in the Study of Social Sciences and Humanities. All SOSH students must successfully complete a core compulsory courses offered at the School level as a cross-disciplinary introduction to the study of the social sciences and humanities. 


2 – Two Interdisciplinary Electives (6 Credit Hours): 

Each program allows students to enroll in courses of special interest, and of a cross-disciplinary nature, which are offered jointly with one or more other programs. Courses offered as interdisciplinary courses may vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration capacity.

All students will choose two courses of 3 credits each from the list of interdisciplinary courses.  Please visit the "Interdisciplinarity at SOSH" page for more details about these courses and their descriptions.

C. Dissertation (6 Credit Hours): 

This segment of the degree program aims to enable students, through research and the writing and presentation of a dissertation, to demonstrate their achievement of the objectives of their study over the two years of the program, in 12,000-18,000 words.

The dissertation examination consists of two parts; a marked assessment of the dissertation by two examiners and an oral defense in front of an examination panel comprised of the same two examiners.