Students first establish a broad foundation for their upper-level tutorials by taking tutorials connected with the classes at the 1000- and 2000 level, such as: fundamentals, logic, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion.
Students then typically move on to tutorials in the required history of philosophy series: Ancient (pre-Socratics through early Roman philosophy), Modern (Descartes through Kant), and 19th Century (French, German and British Philosophy of the 19th century).
Following these courses, students arrange tutorials in the three major topic areas required by the department: (1) advanced history; (2) value theory; (3) theory of knowledge, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, or analytic. Most often, it is while taking these tutorials that students begin to focus on an area of particular interest to them. It is from this area of interest that students will choose a thesis topic and an advisor to guide them in research, related tutorials and writing.
During the student's last year, the thesis is written and defended. Each semester the program requires that students take Philosophy Practicum. This is a one-credit course meant to informally cover topics relevant to the study as well as to the profession of philosophy. For example, students will meet colloquium speakers and candidates for positions in the department; discuss the ongoing research of faculty members, practice writing and teaching. Students must also take symbolic logic and satisfy a foreign language requirement.
All students are urged to select an area outside philosophy for concentration. Areas most often chosen are: English, psychology, history, art, and mathematics. Although the department does not require mathematics courses, it does encourage the development of a reasonable degree of mastery in this subject area. The Philosophy program of study in the Honors Tutorial College is highly flexible, and every effort will be made to shape it to fit the needs and interests of dedicated students.
For a detailed overview of the courses required for the HTC Philosophy program, please visit the Ohio University undergraduate catalog.
The deadline for application for admission is December 1, and admission interviews are held in January Although the department considers grades and standardized test scores, it places a great deal of emphasis on personal interviews.
Director of Studies Philosophy Tutorial Program
Ellis Hall 202
Athens, OH 45701-2979