The Ph.D. program in social, political, ethical and cultural thought (ASPECT) prepares graduate students to undertake problem‐centered interdisciplinary analysis informed by social, political, ethical and cultural thought. You'll conduct doctoral-level scholarly research and participate in graduate seminars, workshops, conferences, and lectures focusing on new and exciting theoretical and practical problems situated at the intersections of political theory, ethical philosophy, cultural studies, and intellectual history. The Ph.D. curriculum concentrates on methodological and theoretical issues, as well as on domains where social, political, ethical, and cultural thought are put to work in understanding social and individual transformations in contemporary and historical contexts.
ASPECT Ph.D. Core Areas
You will complete 12 credit hours of core studies in interdisciplinary courses offered by alliance for social, political, ethical, and cultural thought including Interdisciplinary approaches in social, political, ethical, and political thought, interdisciplinary perspectives in methodology, interdisciplinary frameworks in social, political, ethical, and political thought and professional development.
You will also study 6 credit hours of theory informed reflection on methodological issues spanning the social and human sciences and the arts is central to ASPECT Ph.D. research.
Concentration Options for Ph.D. Program in Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought (ASPECT)
ASPECT degree students will have choice to select below concentration options and they will complete 12 credit hours in major field; 9 credit hours in minor field of concentrations. Each category includes courses appropriate to a particular concentration. Yet, the courses are drawn from a variety of departments and disciplines so that each concentration can reflect the interdisciplinarity that is a hallmark of the ASPECT degree.
- Social Thought and Theory
- Political Thought and Theory
- Ethical Thought and Theory
- Cultural Thought and Theory
Major Milestones for ASPECT Ph.D. Program
Pre-matriculation: Master’s degree required in a relevant field of study.
Admission into ASPECT doctoral program.
First year of coursework (includes core requirements and electives).
Begin engagement with literatures and theoretical materials pertinent to dissertation project.
Start to develop dissertation project and doctoral dissertation committee.
Completion of coursework.
Prepare for preliminary examination.
Finalize dissertation committee.
Work on dissertation proposal.
Complete preliminary exams and dissertation proposal.
Conduct research for dissertation and write dissertation chapters.
Complete and defend doctoral dissertation.
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
The alliance for social, political, ethical, and cultural thought offers Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) funding to full time Ph.D. students only. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application. You are encourage to look for other funding options listed on our scholarships and awards page.