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The Program in Political Philosophy is available to students with interests in one or more of three areas: (1) the history of political ideas, (2) the investigation of contemporary problems of political philosophy, and (3) the study of the relations between institutional and social history and systems of political thought. The program enables doctoral candidates in the affiliated departments to supplement their disciplinary training with specialized work in one of the other affiliated departments. The doctoral dissertation is written on a problem in political philosophy in one of the three areas.
Students join the program after first entering the Ph.D. program of one of the affiliated departments. Entry into and progress through the program is guided by the department’s director of graduate studies (or other departmental adviser) and by the director of the program.
Students enrolled in the program are expected to concentrate within their departments, so far as departmental requirements permit, on studies relevant to it. They do their extra-departmental work in one or several of the affiliated departments. Students should check with their home department about whether the department has specific coursework requirements for students enrolled in the program.
The general examination is set by the individual departments after consultation with the director of the program. Whenever suitable, members of affiliated departments will be invited to participate in setting and grading the exam. The departmental requirements (which are subject to revision) are as follows:
The interdepartmental committee sponsors a colloquium for all members and associates of the program. All graduate students participating in the interdepartmental program are encouraged to participate in colloquium seminars and lectures.