The Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought is a graduate program that offers both MA and PhD degree programs. This is an interdisciplinary graduate program that encourages interdisciplinary inquiry and scholars who enjoy working independently on their research projects. For this reason, only those students who indicate that they wish to complete such a program of independent study will normally be admitted. In selecting their courses, students will be expected to acquire a broad and interdisciplinary knowledge base as well as pursue their own specialized interests. In all cases students will have to take considerable personal initiative to develop an intellectually coherent pattern of study which will lead to the writing of an original doctoral dissertation in Social and Political Thought. Students will be required to be adequately prepared in those languages essential to their dissertation research.