Specialized Licentiate

The second cycle is a two-year specialization program that awards students, who complete and pass the exams of all courses, with a Specialized Licentiate degree. Students will thoroughly explore the thought of the foremost philosophers and develop a greater knowledge of the philosophical principles and methods needed to teach and conduct research.

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Particular attention is given to questions arising from the experimental and human sciences. The program offers two specializations: Ethics and Anthropology, and Metaphysics and Science.

Study Plan

Beginning the 2013-2014 academic year, the School of Philosophy has followed a new study plan, which takes into account the new regulations for ecclesiastical studies in philosophy, approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education on Jan. 28, 2011. The second cycle requires having previously completed a three-year first cycle of studies, or having obtained the equivalent through a special program approved by the School of Philosophy.

Each student, after choosing his/her specialization, personally sets up his/her study plan, which must be approved by the School of Philosophy. To complete the licentiate he/she must complete a total of 120 ECTS, distributed as follows:

a) Philosophical Classes and Seminars

Specialization courses include the core subject areas of each specialization and are mandatory for students enrolled in each specialization. Each semester, the student will have two specialization courses worth 4.5 ECTS each.

The elective courses are selected from the courses of the other specialization, and are intended to complement each student's integral philosophical perspective with in-depth study of some key topics that aren’t a part to his/her own area of specialization. Each semester the student must choose an optional course worth 4.5 ECTS.

Reading seminars offer all licentiate students a course to delve into the core works of the major areas of philosophy—Epistemology, Anthropology, Metaphysics, and Ethics—through independent reading, study of the texts, and class discussions. Each week a small-groups session, under the guidance of the lecturer, will verify the students’ work and facilitate discussion of the texts they studied. The seminar’s main homework will be reading and personal homework. Each seminar is worth 6 ECTS, which means that a personal commitment of about 6-8 hours per week is expected, excluding class sessions.

The School of Philosophy offers some supplementary courses, typically worth 3 ECTS, each year. Each student is required to complete his/her study plan with 12 ECTS (one course each semester) chosen from such courses or from those offered by other faculties, subject to approval by the School of Philosophy.

b) Language Courses

Knowledge of classical and modern languages is a prerequisite for the study of philosophy. At the end of the licentiate, it is necessary to demonstrate adequate knowledge of Latin, Greek, English, and one other language (French, German, Spanish, or another language approved by the School of Philosophy). The student must be able to at least read philosophical publications in these languages.

The Specialized Licentiate in Philosophy includes a 3 ECTS course for each semester devoted to the study of languages. Each student's curriculum, as well as his/her preferences, will be taken into account when making their choice of language course. In the first year, students will be able to study Latin or a modern language, taking corresponding courses offered by the university's Language Department. The second year, students will have to complete one's knowledge of Greek by taking courses offered by the Language Department.

For students to reach the right level of competency, they will be able to, in agreement with the School of Philosophy, take summer courses organized by the Language Department. Latin and Greek are offered in July and Latin and modern languages are offered in September.

c) Final Evaluation

The Specialized Licentiate will be awarded after the student will have written a thesis, which is worth 14 ECTS, after having passed the licentiate exam (4 ECTS).


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