M.A. in Second-Language Philosophy

The M.A. in Second-Language Philosophy (2LMA) is a two-year Master’s program that combines graduate seminars in philosophy with advanced English language instruction to develop students’ knowledge of philosophy, and their literacy in the reading and writing practices of philosophers. The program provides an ideal stepping stone for non-native speakers of English to go on to Ph.D. programs in philosophy in the English-speaking world.

Every student in 2LMA receives an individual evaluation of their English proficiency upon entrance to the program and an individualized development plan for their language skills. Each semester there is one philosophy seminar designated for 2LMA students; otherwise, 2LMA students are free to choose any of the graduate courses offered by the department. All philosophy graduate courses, including the designated 2LMA seminar, are taught by research faculty within the Purdue Department of Philosophy and cover a wide range of philosophical research interests.

English language courses are taught by the Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange Program (PLaCE). The English language courses track the designated philosophy seminar, and provide specific instruction in writing publishable journal articles. A key component of the program is the extensive revision of one seminar paper so as to produce the ideal writing sample for application to Ph.D. programs in philosophy. Both Philosophy and PLaCE faculty work intensively with students on these revisions.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, students will graduate with a full M.A. degree from Purdue University, dramatically improved English language skills, and full immersion in the culture of American research universities.

Overview of 2LMA Curriculum

Upon entrance: Students evaluated for English proficiency; individualized language development plan created.
Semester Language Curriculum Philosophy Curriculum
1st Year Fall

Writing to Learn (3 credits)

Logic (3 credits)

Reading Philosophy: Skills and Strategies (3 credits)

1st Year Spring Writing to Argue (3 credits) Seminar (3 credits)
Reading to Argue (3 credits)
1st Year Summer Walk Along (1 credit) Seminar (3 credits)
2nd Year Fall Portfolio Application Metalogic (3 credits)
Apply for PhD Programs (Dec. 1 - Dec 31st) Seminar (3 credits)
2nd Year Spring Walk Along (1 credit)

Seminar (3 credits)

Seminar (3 credits)
Seminar (3 credits)

Click here to apply to the M.A. in Second-Language Philosophy.

For more information on the program, contact Phil2LMA@purdue.edu.

NOTE: The Department of Philosophy at Purdue does not offer a regular M.A. degree in Philosophy.

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