This program aims to train students in a way that enables them to engage in academic research with confidence and competence, in addition to knowing and using philosophical theories, concepts and research methods. The program also poses the fundamental theoretical and practical philosophical issues and questions. 

In line with the DI's mission, this program will also be open to other disciplines in order to diversify the students' knowledge and different methodological approaches, enabling them to become independent thinkers. Such qualities will also give students the courage to pose questions, be intellectually creative and solve the cultural and intellectual dilemmas pertaining to the Arab world. 

This program has one concentration only and gives the students the freedom to choose courses best suited with their interests and intellectual preferences and which will be of use to them when choosing a dissertation topic. Such choice will give students exposure to the different theoretical and practical aspects of the program.


  1.  Program Structure

    1. Program Requirements: 

1- Core Courses (15 Credit Hours): 

  • - PHIL 611 Logic and Method in Philosophy

    - PHIL 612 Topics in Islamic Philosophy

    - PHIL 613 Topics in Contemporary Arab Philosophy

    - PHIL 614 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

    - PHIL 615 Topics in Greek Philosophy

2- Program Electives (9 Credit Hours): 

  • - PHIL 621 Topics in Ethics

    - PHIL 622 Topics in Political Philosophy

    - PHIL 623 Topics in Aesthetics

    - PHIL 625 Topics in Tradition and Modernity

    - PHIL 627 Topics in Epistemology and Metaphysics

    - PHIL 629 Special Topics in Philosophy

    - PHIL 630 Topics in the Philosophy of Culture

3- Specialized English Language Course (non- credit )

The School may offer a number of non-credit bearing courses, which must be taken as a condition for graduation when required by the relevant program. Students must successfully pass the assignment for each course as a condition for graduation. These courses will also appear on the student's transcript but will not contribute to the student's GPA.


B. School Requirements: 

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

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.


3 - Non-restricted Elective (3 Credit Hours): 

Students may choose one course of 3 credits from any program in any of the Schools/centers in the DI (including SPADE and CHS).  For this course, students may take LAL 621 Philosophy of Language course.


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.