Boston College Philosophy Dissertations

In each graduate course, in which a student is registered for graduate credit, the student will receive one of the following grades at the end of the semester: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F, W, J, U, P, or I. The high passing grade of A is awarded for superior work. The passing grade of B is awarded for work that clearly is satisfactory at the graduate level. The low passing grade of C is awarded for work that is minimally acceptable at the graduate level. The failing grade of F is awarded for work that is unsatisfactory.

Students will be evaluated as making excellent, good, satisfactory, or poor progress toward completion of the degree. Any student who accumulates two or more Incompletes for course work will automatically be regarded as making poor progress toward the degree. Any student who accumulates two or more grades of C will also be regarded as making poor progress toward the degree. Any such student must meet immediately with the Graduate Program Director. Students judged to be making poor progress will be given specific directions for what they must accomplish in the next year in order to continue in the program beyond the following year. Students can be removed from the program after being evaluated as having made poor academic progress for two years. See Evaluation Policies & Procedures for Graduate Students.

A student who has not completed the research or written work for a course taken in the fall or spring semester or is absent from the course examination in either semester, may, with adequate reason at the discretion of the instructor, receive a temporary grade of Incomplete (I). All such I grades will automatically be changed to F on March 1 for the fall, August 1 for the spring, and October 1 for the summer.

A J grade is recorded when the grade is deferred. A faculty member may only assign a grade of J for courses that continue beyond the normal semester period. Such courses may include Internship, Dissertation Direction, and Student Teaching.

A U grade is recorded for ungraded courses such as doctoral continuation.

Graduate students who withdraw from a course after the drop/add period (first seven days of the semester) will have a “W” recorded in the grade column of their academic record.

Nicholas Owen Austin, “Thomas Aquinas on the Four Causes of Temperance,” directed by James Keenan, S.J.

Matthew J. Bagot, “The Future of Global Governance: Towards a Catholic Contribution Regarding the Idea of State Sovereignty,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J.

Steven Douglas Cone, “Transforming Desire: The Relation of Religious Conversion and Moral Conversion in the Later Writing of Bernard Lonergan,” directed by Frederick Lawrence

Thomas Joseph Maximilian Curry, III, “On the Promise of Film as a Locus Mystagogicus: An Appraisal from the Perspectives of Roman Catholic Teaching on Cinema and Karl Rahner’s Fundamental Theology,” directed by Robert Imbelli

Jason Michael Donnelly, “Ecclesiology in Motion: Ecumenical Vocation and the Developing Ecclesial Identity and Self-Understanding of the United Church of Christ (USA),” directed by Mark Burrows

Kathryn A. Getek, “Just Punishment? A virtue ethics approach to prison reform in the United States,” directed by James Keenan, S.J.

Carolyn Weir Herman, “Living as a Sacrament of God’s Reign: Toward a Renewed Ethics in the Catholic Church,” directed by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Suzanne Judith Hevelone, “Preaching the Saints: The Legenda Aurea and Sermones De Sanctis of Jacobus De Voragine,” directed by Stephen Brown

Christian S. Krokus, “Faith Seeking Understanding: Louis Massignon’s (1883-1962) Catholic Conversation with Islam,” directed by Frederick Lawrence

Catherine Lane Muldoon, “Jonah, Nineveh, and the Problem of Divine Justice,” directed by David Vanderhooft

Amanda Osheim, “The Bishop’s Discernment of the Sensus Fidelium: Insights from the Jesuit Tradition,” directed by Michael Himes

Mark Potter, “Solidarity as Spiritual Exercise: A Contribution to the Development of Solidarity in the Catholic Social Tradition,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J.

Tisha M. Rajendra, “The Rights of the Stranger: Justice, Responsibility and the Ethics of Migration,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J.

Anna Floerke Scheid, “Resistance and Reconciliation: Lessons from South Africa on a Twofold Approach to Conflict Resolution,” directed by David Hollenbach, S.J.

Elizabeth Beshear Toft, “Christ’s Role in Sanctification according to St. Thomas Aquinas,” directed by Frederick Lawrence 


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