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 (Spring 2018:  Dr. Shay Logan, MW 1:30-2:45; Course flyer)

PHI 501 Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (Spring 2018:  Dr. Michael Pendlebury, TH 1:30-2:45;  Course flyer)
PHI 520 Global Justice
PHI 525 Introduction to Cognitive Science (Spring 2018:  Dr. Ronald P. Endicott, TH 11:45-1:00)
PHI 540 The Scientific Method
PHI 547 Philosophy, Evolution and Human Nature
PHI 575 Ethical Theory (Spring 2018: Dr. Robert A. Mabrito, MW 1:30-2:45; Course flyer)
PHI 598 Special Topics in Philosophy
PHI 816 Introduction to Research Ethics (1 credit) (Spring 2018:  Dr. Gary L. Comstock, Tue 4:30–6:20 p.m., first seven weeks of the semester)

Religious Studies
REL 502 Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
REL 507 Islamic History to 1798
REL 508 Islam in the Modern World
REL 512 Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels
REL 513 The Life and letters of the Apostle Paul
REL 523 Religion and Politics in America (Spring 2018: Dr. Jason C. Bivins, TH 10:15-11:30; Course flyer)
REL 571 Darwinism and Christianity
REL 572 Women and Religion
REL 573 Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
REL 582 Religion and Conflict (Spring 2018:  Dr. Anna B. Bigelow, Tue 3:00-5:45; Course flyer)
REL 589 Interpretations of Religion

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: [Topic on ethics and science/technology to be determined] – Veljko Dubljevic