Adam Briggle, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado. Bioethics; environmental studies; ethics and culture of new media; ethics and policy of science and technology; philosophy of technology.
J. Baird Callicott, University Distinguished Research Professor; Ph.D., Syracuse University. Environmental philosophy; land ethics; Aldo Leopold; American Indian attitudes toward nature; ancient philosophy.
Robert M. Figueroa, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado. Environmental justice studies; environmental philosophy/ethics; environmental policy; philosophy of heritage and culture; social-political philosophy; philosophy of science and technology; critical race theory; pre-college philosophy.
Sarah E. Fredericks, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Boston University. Environmental ethics (Christian and philosophical); science and religion; science and Christianity; science and Islam; Christian theology; sustainable energy; indicator development.
Robert L. Frodeman, Professor; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Continental philosophy; environmental ethics and philosophy; philosophy of science policy; science and technology studies; theory and practice of interdisciplinarity.
Patricia Glazebrook, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Toronto. Environmental philosophy/ecophenomenology; Heidegger; gender and environmental policy; international development; feminism; ancient philosophy; philosophy of science and technology.
Eugene C. Hargrove, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Environmental philosophy; nature aesthetics; history of ideas behind environmental thought; contemporary philosophy; Wittgenstein.
J. Britt Holbrook, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Emory University. Philosophy of science and technology policy; ethics; 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy.
Pankaj Jain, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Environmental issues and movements in India; Hindi/Urdu language and literature; Hinduism; Jainism; religion and film of India; Sanskrit language.
George A. James, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Columbia University. Asian philosophy; comparative philosophy; comparative environmental ethics; environmental issues and movements; history and phenomenology of religion; history and philosophy of the study of religion; phenomenology; philosophy of religion.
David M. Kaplan, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Fordham University. Hermeneutics; philosophy of technology; philosophy of food and food ethics; critical theory; phenomenology; social-political philosophy; aesthetics.
Irene Klaver, Associate Professor; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook. Philosophy of water; aesthetics; feminist theory; philosophy of science; ancient Greek philosophy.
Ricardo Rozzi, Professor; Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Environmental ethics; Latin American philosophy; philosophy of biology; biocultural conservation.
Dale Wilkerson, Principal Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas. History of ideas; continental philosophy; ethical theory; Nietzsche; Heidegger; hermeneutics; social-political theory.
Martin Yaffe, Professor; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University. Social-political philosophy; Jewish philosophy; ancient philosophy; medieval philosophy; modern philosophy; metaphysics.
By pursuing a graduate degree in Philosophy at the University of North Texas, you’ll join an internationally recognized program known for its focus on environmental philosophy and ethics.
The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies oversees one of the world’s leading doctoral programs and the nation’s first master’s program in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics. We also house several research centers, manage various research programs and publish the field’s leading philosophy journal.
We are an emerging leader in the philosophy of science and technology studies with more than seven faculty members publishing in the field. Our combination of environmental philosophy and science/ technology studies makes us unique.
The curriculum for the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees provide you:
You will learn from professors and researchers who are nationally and internationally known in their field. Among our faculty members are the founders of the environmental philosophy discipline — J. Baird Callicott and Eugene C. Hargrove. Another 10 faculty members have strong backgrounds in the discipline with specialties in:
Utilizing the first field station in environmental philosophy, science and policy at Cape Horn, Chile, we coordinate this program with the University of Magallanes and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile. It links biological and cultural conservation with social well-being from the southernmost end of the Americas. As a long-term socio-ecological research, education and conservation program, it develops innovative ways to address intertwined environmental and social problems, such as global ecological change, invasive exotic species, cultural homogenization and sustainable development.
This renowned center furthers research, publication and education in environmental philosophy and ethics. Its primary activities are publishing the journal Environmental Ethics, reprinting significant books on environmental ethics under its own imprint and sponsoring various workshops and conferences.
Housed in the Center for Environmental Philosophy, the EJP oversees networks, scholarship and actions focusing on environmental justice. It includes avenues to relevant environmental research that respects grassroots struggles around the globe.
This research project promotes water education, research and outreach activities with local and international organizations. We provide intellectual analysis, hands-on learning experiences, collaborative connections and academic conferences. Research explores the growing problems of water scarcity, quality and quantity of reserves, restoration of riparian areas, and cultural perceptions of water.
This project disseminates information about the philosophical investigation of food; increases the visibility of food as a topic for philosophical research; serves as a resource for researchers, teachers, students and the public; galvanizes a community of philosophers working on food issues; and helps raise the level of discourse about food, agriculture, animals and eating.
The Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity
The CSID researches the theory and practice of interand transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge. It is devoted to developing a philosophy of interdisciplinarity through research conducted via case studies, an approach called ‘field philosophy.’
You will need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School outlined at catalog.unt.edu. In addition, you will need to meet the following program requirements:
This option requires 24 credit hours of approved course work and a thesis of 6 credit hours. A minimum of 18 credit hours in philosophy is required. Up to 6 credit hours in supporting fields may be selected with the department’s consent. An oral examination is scheduled after completing the thesis.
This option requires 36 credit hours with at least 21 credit hours being in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies. An additional 9 credit hours will be in a minor field outside the department. Another 6 credit hours may be used to complete further philosophical specialization, further study in supporting fields or internship opportunities that enhance the practice of philosophy.
A non-thesis oral comprehensive examination is conducted during the final semester of course work. The examination may involve more than one faculty member from the department or minor field.
You must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond a master’s degree in conjunction with the graduate school degree requirements. Department course requirements include environmental philosophy, the history of philosophy, topical areas in philosophy and interdisciplinary exploration. You will also need to:
Detailed information about degree requirements is available on the Philosophy website.
Our department offers several financial assistance programs to help you pursue your graduate education. Among them are graduate teaching fellowships, as well as teaching and research assistantships, all of which qualify students for in-state tuition rates. Tuition remission is limited and highly competitive. In addition, the Richardson Environmental Action League awards a $500 fellowship each semester to an outstanding student. A limited number of $1,000 awards are offered by the graduate school. Students attending professional conferences may receive departmental support along with a variety of offices throughout the university.
For more information about departmental financial assistance programs, visit our website.