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Overview of Programs

Contemporary philosophy is an evolving discipline, reflecting and transforming earlier traditions.  During the past ten years, the Bowling Green Department of Philosophy has developed an innovative range of course offerings in applied philosophy that set it apart from more traditional programs

With specialties in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of public policy, environmental ethics, philosophy of law, philosophy of business, medical ethics, and other areas of applied ethics, we seek to promote interaction between philosophers and non-academic communities as well as other intellectual disciplines.

The Philosophy Department has developed its reputation in applied philosophy (see the Philosophical Gourmet Report) by providing its graduate students with a strong theoretical base from which to pursue the range of issues that comprise applied ethics and public policy.   Whatever the specialization a student pursues in a dissertation, the departmental expectation is that the dissertation will have a strong grounding in theory.  The graduate programs combine areas of applied philosophy (e.g., medical ethics, public policy, philosophy of law, environmental or business ethics) with training in the appropriate historical, methodological and theoretical approaches to traditional areas in philosophy (e.g., moral and political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics and logic).  

An individual student's program can be tailored, both at the master's and doctoral level, for any of the following: 1) a non-academic career in applied philosophy, 2) an academic career focused in a specialization reflected in the faculty, and 3) an interdisciplinary program that combines study in philosophy with some other particular field of the student's choosing, such as economics, psychology, biology, etc. 

As an integral part of their studies, students may undertake internships, involving work in non-academic settings such as governmental agencies, corporations, research centers and foundations.