Study Plan

Course Title 
Course Code
Credit Hours

First Semester​ ​
Logic and  Methods in Philosophy
​3 Credit Hours 
Issues in Modern and Contemporary Western Philosophy
​3 Credit Hours 
Program Elective course Issues in Greek Philosophy
PHIL 615
​3 Credit Hours 
Issues in the Study of Social Sciences and Humanities 
​3 Credit Hours 

Semester​ ​

Philosophy of Ethics and Justice
3 Credit Hours
Contemporary Arab Political Thought
3 Credit Hours
Western Social Philosophy
PHIL 618
3 Credit Hours
Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy
PHIL 6193 Credit Hours
Philosophical Texts in English
​0 Credit Hours

​Third Semester 

Philosophy of Democracy and Human Rights
3 Credit Hours
Program Elective course
3 Credit Hours
Program Elective course
3 Credit Hours
Interdisciplinary course

3 Credit Hours
Fourth Semester 

Dissertation - Philosophy


​ 6 Credit Hours 

Total Credit Hours 

42 Credit Hours

 Elective Courses

PHIL 621 - Topics in Ethics

A study of ethics should help students apply their normative theories make real world ethical decisions and give them the resources and tools to justify their ethical claims to others. This course is understood as an introduction to the practice of engaging in ethical deliberation and so it focuses on normative ethics. It also pokes our heads into two other branches of ethics: meta-ethics and applied ethics. Meta-ethics deals with questions about the nature of morality itself. Is morality dependent on a religious foundation? Is there an objective basis for our moral claims or are all moral claims subjective? Applied ethics makes use of the theories of goodness and rightness and applies them to contemporary moral problem.

PHIL 622- Topics in Political Philosophy

The course aims at introducing students to the most important theories and conceptual developments in the field of philosophical-political thought. This is achieved by critically studying some of the important founding texts of Greek, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary political philosophy. The emphasis is more conceptual than chronological, the aim being to obtain an adequate grasp of important theories and concepts, which enable students to appreciate complexities of political thinking.

PHIL 625 - Topics in Tradition and Modernity

This course is about twentieth century European debates on tradition and modernity. It deals more precisely with three sets of debates that addressed the issues of Enlightenment, revolution, modernity, tradition and critique: first, the Gadamer-Habermas debate on the possibilities and limitations of self-reflective reason and critique given the historical, cultural and linguistic embeddedness of human beings; second, the Foucault-Habermas debate on truth, power and critique and the tensions between the Kantian legacy of Enlightenment on the one hand and the emancipatory legacy of the Frankfurt critical theory on the other; and third, the Lyotard-Habermas debate on truth, production of knowledge and Enlightenment after the collapse of the grand narratives.

PHIL 627 - Topics in Epistemology and Metaphysics

This is an in-depth examination, from a modern point of view, of some of the most important and enduring problems of epistemology and metaphysics. The course also analyses inter-relations between concepts of knowledge and being. Subjects to be discussed include: philosophical schools such as Empiricism, Rationalism, Critical Philosophy, Logical Positivism, Materialism, and Idealism. Additionally, the course critically examines important concepts such as Reason, Perception, Skepticism, Induction, Justification, Explanation, Time and Space, Causality, Determinism, Free Will, Truth and Possibility.

PHIL 629 Special Topics in Philosophy

This course is devoted at every time to a different special topic in philosophy, selected by one of the faculty members, taking into consideration the needs and interests of the students on the one hand and the teaching and research interests of the teacher on the other hand.

 Core Courses

PHIL 611 - Logic and Method in Philosophy

This course introduces students to the basic concepts and methods of critical thinking and formal logic. It explores the philosophical foundations of logic and reasoning, as well as the practical application of logic to arguments encountered in ordinary life. The skills students acquire in this course are vital both to further study in philosophy and to other areas of academic work. They are also a foundation for the kinds of thinking students will have to do in their future life and career.

PHIL 612 - Topics in Islamic Philosophy

This course deals with some of the works of major Islamic philosophers such as al-Kindi, al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, and Ibn Rushd. It examines their sources and influences on medieval theology and philosophy, up until the modern era. It focuses on the humanistic trend in Arab-Islamic philosophy, especially in the writings of al-Kindi, al-Razi, Miskawayh and Ibn Hazm.

PHIL 613 - Topics in Contemporary Arab Philosophy

This course addresses some of the most prominent philosophical currents and debates that took place in the Arab world since the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day by critically reading key original texts. The main currents include neo-Thomism, Personalism, Positivism, and Existentialism. As to the contemporary debates, they revolve around issues of philosophical independence, tradition, modernity, religion, history, freedom, reason and critique. It examines influences from, and receptions of, Western and Islamic philosophy in contemporary Arab philosophy. Finally, it discusses the main challenges and promises of this philosophy.

PHIL 614 - Topics in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

This course examines topics from the last 350 years of Western philosophy from the Renaissance to the 21st century. They include humanism, the rise of modern science, empiricism, rationalism, idealism, pragmatism, logical positivism, existentialism, and analytic philosophy. They address issues such as the nature of reality, knowledge, meaning, morality, and social justice, with an eye to contemporary philosophical discussions. The course features selected works of major philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, James, Sartre, Rawls, Foucault, Wittgenstein and Habermas.

PHIL 615 - Topics in Greek Philosophy

This course examines some of the main issues of Greek and Hellenistic philosophy, ranging from the natural philosophies to neo-Platonism. It looks at the influences of these Greek and Hellenistic philosophies in general, and Platonic, Aristotelian and Stoic philosophies, on medieval, Islamic and modern philosophy. It devotes special attention to Plato’s anthropology of the state and its modern ramifications.

PHIL 001 - Philosophical Texts in English

This course offers a linguistic-conceptual analysis of important philosophical terms, concepts, and theoretical constructs to be found in philosophical writings in the English language. Texts will be chosen from different subfields of Philosophy—Epistemology, Metaphysics, Logic, and Aesthetics. An attempt will be made to cover the different historical periods—Greek, Medieval, Islamic, Modern and Contemporary. The goal is to develop and strengthen students’ ability to handle English language materials in philosophy.

PHIL 699 Thesis (6 CHs)

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