The admissions process asks students to: identify and secure the support of a faculty member who will serve as a mentor and adviser; examine carefully whether their undergraduate educational goals can be met through an existing academic major, or whether doing so requires a unique program of courses and activities; develop a proposed course of study that provides the academic breadth and depth associated with the completion of a disciplinary major; and attend a BPHIL admissions interview during which each of these issues and others may be discussed.
Faculty mentors assist students in planning their academic programs and in achieving their BPHIL goals. Students’ written or oral presentations and courses, labs, fieldwork, theses, projects, and performances may provide some of the means through which mentors direct the learning path to document academic success.
To graduate, BPHIL candidates must present their project or thesis to select faculty. Students have the opportunity to share their work, explain the ways in which their scholarship contributes to the larger academic community and respond to faculty questions. Faculty may offer suggestions for revisions in order to accept the thesis or project or suggest continued work and a future reconsideration.
The final presentation will cover the ways in which the BPHIL curriculum creates a cohesive approach to knowledge that relates general education objectives with BPHIL goals and allows the student to reflect on the larger undergraduate experience, while strengthening the community both civically and socially.