Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)

The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion also participates in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program, in which students may take one or two fields in history, history of science, or philosophy among the three fields required for the degree.

The deadline for applications to the MAIS Program is March 1 for the summer and fall quarter and November 10 for the winter or spring quarter. It is preferred that students begin the graduate program is the fall term (March 1 application deadline).

For History Majors:

The applicant should contact directly, or indirectly through the History Graduate Committee Chair, an appropriate History Department faculty member and obtain agreement from the faculty member to serve as advisor for the field(s) of history to be studied.

Admission to a field or fields in history as a component of the MAIS program are reviewed and decided by the Department's Graduate Committee. This review includes the advice for approval or rejection of the appropriate advisor(s) for the field(s). In addition to the candidate's statement of purpose, an additional writing sample (no more than 25 pages) would be helpful to the graduate admissions committee.

Applicants should note that for those students whose major field is history, demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language is required when use of a foreign language is relevant to completion of research for the MAIS degree.

The History Department does not ordinarily have funds available to MAIS students for graduate research assistantships or graduate teaching assistantships.

For Philosophy Majors:

The Philosophy Department participates in the Masters of Arts in interdisciplinary Studies, (MAIS), an interdisciplinary master's degree. Our program is intended for students with an undergraduate major or minor in Philosophy. The degree consists of 45 credits, including thesis or project, which are distributed among three fields. There are two application deadlines. A student who applies as a philosophy major and who has an exemplary record may make early application by January 15th. In this case, at its discretion, the department will apply for funding from various sources through the Graduate School. Deadline for all applications is April 15th for admission the following fall term.

Admission Requirements:

For students seeking admission to the MAIS program with Philosophy as the primary area, a minimum of a philosophy or religious study minor or equivalent is strongly recommended, but proper preparation for admission will be determined on a case by case basis in accordance with the particular objectives of the applicant's proposal and its suitability for accomplishment within the Philosophy Department. Please note: In addition to the requirements listed by the Office of Admissions, please also include a writing sample of 5 - 7 pages in length with your application to the Philosophy Department.

Program Requirements:

For MAIS students with Philosophy as their primary field, the following program requirements obtain in addition to the graduate school's MAIS requirements:

1. A minimum of 15 credit-units of graduate-level course work in philosophy;
2. A minimum of 6 credit-units of stand-alone graduate-level course work in Philosophy in addition to the Philosophy Department's required 1 credit-unit Graduate Student Orientation Course.

There are a variety of ways in which Philosophy can be involved in the interdisciplinary master's degree:

(1) Philosophy can be both the major field and one of the minor fields, with a second minor from outside of philosophy. For example, a student may select an MAIS in Applied Ethics: This program's strength involves examination of ethical issues and challenges, particularly as presented by advancements in science and technology. It includes core courses in ethical theory and philosophy, an applied ethics concentration (Ethics and the Natural Resources, or Ethics and the Professions), and courses in a complementary discipline (e.g., Sociology). A thesis or project is required. Seminars are offered in a range of philosophical topics and some courses are linked to the Philosophy Department lecture series, "Ideas Matter." The Philosophy Department supports the Program of Ethics, Science, and the Environment (PESE) which offers brown bag discussions in applied ethics, and other activities of interest to graduate students.

(2) Other MAIS Programs with a Philosophy Major and a Philosophy Minor: Students with other interests in philosophy may pursue a program of study which couples the Philosophy graduate core courses with concentrations for which sufficient courses are available (e.g., some areas of Religious Studies).

(3) Philosophy as the major field but with two minors from outside of Philosophy. There are multiple ways in which a graduate student may create a program with a Philosophy major and two minors outside the department. For example, a student may choose Philosophy as a major field, typically 15-21 credits, and Women Studies and Anthropology as minors.

(4) Philosophy as two minor fields, with a major outside of Philosophy.

(5) As a single minor field, with the major and one minor from outside of Philosophy.

For further information about MAIS degree options within the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, contact:

Prof. Jacob Hamblin
Director of Graduate Studies
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
306 Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-3503
Fax: 541-737-1257

email: Jacob.Hamblin@oregonstate.edu