Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities

Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities

Faulkner University’s Honors College offers a Doctor of Philosophy for professionals hoping to enrich their higher education experience.

Program Objectives

The Doctor of Philosophy provides an academic path to a career in Christian education and offers a challenging opportunity to expand your mind and experiences through a worldly perspective. Diverse students bring new perspectives to program coursework, helping to facilitate engaging and challenging discussions.

Program Design

Rooted in the Great Tradition of the Western World, the curriculum for the Doctor of Philosophy program follows teachings from the Great Books of the Western Tradition to facilitate intellectual and spiritual engagement from students. Faulkner’s instructors are thought leaders who have proven credentials in the classroom, society and their field of research. Their divine interpretation of philosophical studies and ideas help to facilitate collaborative and engaging discussion threads and conference calls.

The program includes:

  • A foundation course that examines the history and philosophy of humane learning.
  • Seven core courses providing an in-depth look at complex ideas and thoughts.
  • Three independent tutorials focused in your area of interest, including an author, idea(s), problem, theme, specific topic or historical era.
  • Two dissertation courses that are the pinnacle of this academic program.
  • Two interdisciplinary seminar courses.

The PhD program can typically be completed in eight semesters.

Foundation Course:

  • HU 7311: Introduction to Humane Letters and Learning

Core Courses:

  • FNA 8317: Examining Fine Arts: Great Ideas Reading
  • HU 8326: Understanding Humane Letters: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings
  • HY 8315: Historical Investigations: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings
  • LIT 7324: Literary Analysis: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings
  • NMS 8328: Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning: Great Ideas, Authors and Writings
  • PHL 7313: Great Ideas Readings: Philosophical Inquiries
  • SSC 7319: Great Ideas Readings: Reflection on Social Scientific Thought
  • IDS 7310: Interdisciplinary (Humanities) Seminar
  • IDS 8310: Interdisciplinary (Humanities) Seminar


  • 8312, 8313, 8314 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/LIT/PHL)
  • 9301, 9302 Dissertation (HU/HY/LIT/PHL)

Prospective students who wish to enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s and master’s degree from an accredited institution. You must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Acceptable graduate test score on graduate admissions exams, including the GRE (a combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 or above) or MAT (400 or above) taken within the last 5 years.
  • Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study. These letters are typically from the applicant’s previous instructors or supervisory personnel.
  • A statement of personal goals that identifies how the Doctor of Philosophy program will contribute to those goals (300 words).
  • Approval by the director of the Doctor of Philosophy program.
  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the official transcript request form and fax it to 800.473.2512.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to your enrollment counselor.

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