Adam Briggle, Associate 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.
Sarah E. Fredericks, Associate 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.
Eugene C. Hargrove, Professor; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Environmental philosophy; nature aesthetics; history of ideas behind environmental thought; contemporary philosophy; Wittgenstein.
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, 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.
Jaime E. Jimenez, Professor; Ph.D., Utah State University. Sub-Antarctic conservation.
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.
James Kennedy, Regents Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Aquatic ecology; aquatic ecosystems; aquatic ecotoxicology; aquatic toxicology; sub-Antarctic ecosystems; water quantity and quality water resources.
Irene Klaver, Professor; Ph.D., Stony Brook University. 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.
Michael Thompson, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies; Ph.D., University of South Florida. Kant; modern philosophy; philosophy of mind; metaphysics; epistemology; logic; philosophy of literature; ancient Greek philosophy; climate philosophy.
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, youíll join an internationally recognized program known for its focus on environmental philosophy and ethics.
The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies offers course work leading to a Master of Arts or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Philosophy. We also offer two graduate certificates in environmental philosophy.
The masterís degree prepares you to pursue a doctoral degree in philosophy or a related field. Our doctoral program is one of the worldís leading doctoral programs and provides a basis for specializations in environmental policy, environmental justice, philosophy of ecology, eco-phenomenology, eco-feminism and environmental education.
Weíre also 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.
We house several research centers, manage various research programs and publish the fieldís leading philosophy journal.
Youíll 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 such as:
UNT offers a number of resources exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing. The Toulouse Graduate School offers a wide variety of professional development workshops each semester, including Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camps. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
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.
The CSID researches the theory and practice of interand trans-disciplinary approaches to knowledge. It is devoted to developing a philosophy of interdisciplinarity through research conducted via case studies, an approach called 'field philosophy.'
This project assesses impacts of climate change on women farmers in the global South, with particular attention to food security issues, and tracks their adaptation responses. Focusing on the impact of global climate change, this project collects data on food supply, immigration patterns and political shifts resulting from climate change. Analyses of the data contribute to the United Nations FCCC negotiations. Emphases are on gender impact and food scarcity in African nations.
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 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.
This research project promotes water education, research and outreach activities with local and international organizations. It provides 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.
Utilizing the first field station in environmental philosophy, science and policy at Cape Horn, Chile, UNT coordinates 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. 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.
Youíll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school outlined in our catalog. In addition, youíll 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 departmentís consent. An oral exam 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 exam is conducted during the final semester of course work. The exam may involve more than one faculty member from the department or minor field.
You must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond a masterís degree in conjunction with the graduate school degree requirements or 72 credit hours if you have only a bachelorís degree. Department course requirements include environmental philosophy, the history of philosophy, topical areas in philosophy and interdisciplinary exploration. Youíll also need to:
Detailed information about degree requirements is available at our website.
Our department offers several financial assistance programs to help you pursue your graduate degree. 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. The Gene Hargrove Graduate Fellowship offers one or more $1,000 awards per year. A limited number of $1,000 awards are offered by the graduate school.
Students attending professional conferences may receive support from the department and other offices at the university.
For more information about departmental financial assistance programs, visit our website.