The Department of Philosophy’s graduate program in social, political, ethical and legal philosophy (SPEL) supports inquiry into the broad array of value theory. Our faculty draw upon a variety of traditions and approaches to address historical, practical and abstract philosophical questions prompted by our evaluative lives. We regard this particular combination of focus and breadth as a considerable strength. On the one hand, there is a common orientation of interest that fosters intellectual community and exchange. On the other, our pluralism enables us to guide advanced work on the diversity of topics in value theory. Moreover, it discourages parochialism and facilitates an appreciation of the way in which apparently distinct issues intersect and address each other. We regard these as fruitful conditions for improving the state of philosophical understanding.
- PhD in Philosophy
- MA in Philosophy
Internships, Research Opportunities and More
The department is host to a vibrant community. The SPEL colloquium standardly meets four times per semester to engage a visiting speaker about their recent scholarship. The SPEL Graduate Student Organization organizes an annual graduate student philosophy conference . Other conferences or workshops are often on the calendar (we were the host to the Nietzsche in the Northeast conference.) SPEL also normally collaborates with the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law when they bring scholars of interest to campus. This is all in addition to faculty/graduate student reading group meetings, weekend mock conference sessions, and other informal activities. And, of course, each student receives individualized attention from the faculty regarding their teaching and scholarship.
After You Graduate
In addition to supporting our students’ scholarly endeavors, SPEL takes active measures to prepare students for the profession. This includes regular professional and teaching workshops, support (in conjunction with the Binghamton University Graduate Student Organization) for appropriate conference travel, and opportunities to engage directly with guest speakers about the profession. Moreover, many of our graduates leave for the job market with a publication or more in hand. Our recent placements include tenured or tenure-track positions at Smith College, California State University at Stanislaus, Antioch College, Southern Illinois University, and Nepal Open University, and term positions at West Point, Michigan State and Penn State, among others.
You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!
For more information, visit the Philosophy - Social, Political, Ethical and Legal website.