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 (Spring 2018,  Dr. Shay Logan)
LOG 537 Model Theoretic Semantics (To be replaced by proposed new course, LOG 530, Varieties of Logic, planned for Spring 2019, Dr. Kevin Richardson)

PHI 501 Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (Spring 2018,  Dr. Michael Pendlebury)
PHI 520 Global Justice (Planned for Spring 2019,  Dr. Michael Pendlebury)
PHI 525 Introduction to Cognitive Science (Planned for Spring 2019,  Dr. Ronald Endicott)
PHI 540 The Scientific Method (Fall 2018: Dr. John Carroll, TH 8:30-9:45 a.m.)
PHI 547 Philosophy, Evolution and Human Nature (Fall 2018: Dr. Catherine Driscoll, MWF 9:35-10:25)
PHI 575 Ethical Theory (Planned for Spring 2019, Dr. Robert Mabrito)
PHI 598 Special Topics in Philosophy
PHI 816 Introduction to Research Ethics (1 credit) (Fall 2018:  Dr. Gary Comstock, Tue 4:30–6:20 p.m., first seven weeks of the semester; also planned for Spring 2019)

Religious Studies
REL 502 Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
REL 507 Islamic History to 1798
REL 508 Islam in the Modern World (Planned for Spring 2019, Dr. Anna Bigelow)
REL 512 Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels
REL 513 The Life and letters of the Apostle Paul (Fall 2018: Dr. William Adler, TH 1:30-2:45 p.m.)
REL 523 Religion and Politics in America (Planned for Spring 2019, Dr. Jason Bivins)
REL 571 Darwinism and Christianity (Fall 2108: Dr. Mary Kathleen Cunningham, MW 3:00-4:15 p.m.)
REL 572 Women and Religion
REL 573 Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies (Fall 2018: Dr. Karey Harwood, TH 10:15-11:30 a.m.)
REL 582 Religion and Conflict
REL 589 Interpretations of Religion

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

MLS 501 Seminar in Liberal Studies:
Fall 2018: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Human Enhancement Technologies – Dr. Veljko Dubljevic
Planned for Fall 2019: The Ethics and Ideology of Choice – Dr. Karey Harwood