Graduate Studies

What We Offer

NC State does not offer graduate degrees in Philosophy or Religious Studies, but the Department provides several opportunities for graduate students:

  • It administers the Graduate Minor in Cognitive Science.
  • It offers a variety of graduate courses in Logic, Philosophy, and Religious Studies that add value to many NC State graduate degree programs and will enrich your experience as a graduate student.
  • It assists students taking the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) with the design of concentrations that are related to Philosophy and/or Religious Studies.
  • It offers a MALS Seminar every fall semester.

Graduate Courses


LOG 535 Advanced Logic and Metamathematics
LOG 537 Model Theoretic Semantics

PHI 501 Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
PHI 520 Global Justice
PHI 525 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PHI 540 The Scientific Method (Fall 2017: Dr. John W. Carroll, TH 8:30-9:45)
PHI 547 Philosophy, Evolution and Human Nature (Fall 2017: Dr. Catherine M. Driscoll, MWF 9:35-10:25)
PHI 575 Ethical Theory
PHI 598 Special Topics in Philosophy
PHI 816 Introduction to Research Ethics (1 credit) (Fall 2017: Dr. Gary L. Comstock, Tue 4:30–6:20 p.m., first seven weeks of the semester)

Religious Studies
REL 507 Islamic History to 1798 (Fall 2017: Dr. Anna B. Bigelow, TH 1:30-2:45)
REL 508 Islam in the Modern World
REL 523 Religion and Politics in America
REL 571 Darwinism and Christianity (Fall 2017: Dr. Mary Kathleen Cunningham, MW 1:30–2:45 p.m.)
REL 572 Women and Religion
REL 573 Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
REL 582 Religion and Conflict

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
MLS 501 Seminar in Liberal Studies:
Fall 2017: The Ethics and Ideology of Choice – Karey A. Harwood
Fall 2018: Religion, Disaster, and Development - Levi McLaughlin