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Program Design

Clusters

ICS offers masters and doctoral programs in interdisciplinary philosophy. These programs explore connections between philosophy and other fields of study. They also emphasize the social and cultural implications of academic work.

Our programs have an innovative design. Unlike graduate programs that emphasize the distinct subdisciplines of philosophy, ours gathers courses into six interdisciplinary clusters. Each cluster serves as a major or concentration, within which students find their own pathways of study. A brief description of the six clusters follows:

 
Aesthetics, Hermeneutics, and Philosophy of Discourse
 
Courses exploring the arts, culture, language, rhetoric, and interreligious dialogue.
 

Anthropology and Ethics
 
Courses exploring community, ecology, embodiment, gender, and social critique.
 
History of Philosophy
 
Courses exploring medieval, modern, and contemporary thought, with special attention to Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Dewey, and Arendt, as well as to feminist philosophy, French phenomenology and deconstruction, Reformational philosophy, and Critical Theory.
 
Knowledge, Truth, and Learning
 
Courses exploring education and schooling, epistemology and metaphysics, and faith and philosophy.
 
Social and Political Philosophy
 
Courses exploring civil society, cultural pluralism, democracy, empire, feminism, globalization, and faith and politics.
 
Theology and Biblical Studies
 
Courses exploring theological aesthetics and hermeneutics, Christology and eschatology, spirituality and worship, and faith and culture.