Catholic University of Lublin Doctorate in Philosophy Program
The Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) launched in the fall of 2016 a European-accredited 12-course (plus dissertation) Ph.D. in Philosophy for all alumni from the MA in Philosophy or MA in Theology programs.
The broad strokes are as follows:
- Students with theology degrees will be required to pass exams on the basic philosophical disciplines, and Holy Apostles will offer propaedeutic philosophy courses for HACS alumni who need them to prepare for the KUL program.
- The degree will be 75% online and 25% on campus in Lublin. That means 3 online courses over the fall and spring terms and 1 intensive 1-week course at KUL during the summer. KUL will provide free housing for the students during that week-long intensive. The duration of the coursework will be 3 years plus 1 year for the dissertation.
The cost of the program is 3,200 Euros per year, which converts into $3534.16 at today’s exchange rate.
Because the program is only 75% online, there is a travel expense to and from Lublin for one week each summer for three summers. The cost of airfare to Lublin from New York is between $800 and $1,000. Once in Lublin, the Catholic University will provide free room and board.
Total annual cost, then, for 12 credits per year is around $4,500 plus souvenirs.
Since KUL will be entirely responsible for the program, US-based financial aid is not available.
The program pre-requisites include a Master of Arts in Philosophy from an accredited college or university. Once you’re accepted into the KUL program, you’ll want to prepare yourself with pre-requisite work in Christian Wisdom by taking the four-course Christian Wisdom sequence from Holy Apostles (listed below) if you haven’t already taken these courses. This is especially important if your MA degree is not in philosophy.
PHS 731 The One and the Many
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas concerning the nature of the metaphysical principles of unity and multiplicity and the essential role that these principles play in the existence of things and all other principles of being, becoming, and knowing, including those of experience, art, philosophy, science. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Peter Redpath.
PHS 741 St. Thomas Aquinas on Being and Nothingness
This course will help students to learn the most important metaphysical doctrines of St. Thomas. It presents an understanding of reality from Being itself (God) to nothingness (complete absence of being). We shall mostly focus on primary texts from Aquinas, but, when appropriate, we shall read selections from other thinkers who have influenced Aquinas, such as Aristotle and St. Augustine. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Robert Delfino.
PHS 751 The True, the False, the Lie and the Fake
This course is a s study the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about truth and its opposites, the false, the lie, and the fake in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and good and evil; and different kinds of falsehood, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Curtis Hancock.
PHS 761 The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful and the Ugly
This course is a study of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas about good and its opposite, evil, and the beautiful and it opposite, the ugly, in relationship to unity and multiplicity, being and non-being, and truth and error, and different kinds of good and evil, beauty and ugliness, considered in themselves and in relation to their existence within human knowing faculties, appetites, and in relationship to God. Online only with an optional synchronous component. Taught by Dr. Peter Redpath.
Applicants will also find it helpful to have a general background in Latin – enough to translate documents from Latin to English with the help of a dictionary.
Please find below the link to the application process for the Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland. To refer to it in your email correspondence with those on the ground in Poland, call it “PhD in Philosophy e-learning programme.” That will signify the Thomistic Studies emphasis specifically (otherwise, you may end up in Enlightenment Studies!).
What you’ll need to complete the application process is as follows:
By August 31st of each year, Ph.D. applicants should submit the following documents by Post or e-mail :
- the application form for the academic year 2016/2017 (download here or fill the application online),
- a photocopy of the certificate of secondary education (High School Diploma/General Certificate of Secondary Education) entitling to enroll for studies in the country of issue,
- a photocopy of MA diploma when the candidate would like to apply for PhD studies,
- a certificate confirming the command of English (here you can find “The list of certificates confirming the command of English”),
- a photocopy of the applicant’s passport,
- curriculum vitae,
- Letter of Recommendation from the Church authorities (only clergymen),
- proof of payment of registration and first semester fees.
- Fr. Andrzej Maryniarczyk, Ph.D., SDB – Metaphysics (http://www.kul.pl/prof-andrzej-maryniarczyk-phd-sdb,art_22782.html)
- Dr. Piotr Jaroszynski – Ethics (http://www.kul.pl/piotr-jaroszynski,art_13165.html)
- Dr. Ewa Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik – Philosophical Anthropology (http://www.kul.pl/ewa-agnieszka-lekka-kowalik-hab-phd,art_21357.html)
The specific courses and their syllabi will be added once the full program list is complete.