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Ideas and explanations flow freely and clearly under an expansive curriculum of intellectual inquiry at the Department of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research. Pairing academic rigor with exemplary research, renowned scholars from around the world come here to live, work, and think in the heart of New York City. Our spirited community of faculty and students create an open atmosphere for the exploration and inquiry of the biggest ideas of historic and modern thought.
The focus of study in the Department of Philosophy is the history of Western philosophical thought and the European philosophical tradition, particularly contemporary Continental philosophy.
The graduate curriculum consists of two components. The first is the study of major figures such as Plato, Aristotle,
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Graduate degree applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited American college or university or the equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who completed their bachelor's degree in 2014 or later. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit a valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score. The minimum score required for TOEFL (IB) is 100, for IELTS is 7.0, and for PTE is 68.
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