Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities

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

Program Objectives

The fully online 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 fully online 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 Christian interpretation of philosophical studies and ideas help to facilitate collaborative and engaging discussion threads and conference calls.

The program includes:

  • A fully online platform
  • 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 typically takes three to five years to complete, depending on students’ status (full-time or part-time) and the time taken to complete the dissertation.

Up to six hours of post-master’s coursework may be transferred pending the director’s approval.

Degree Plan

Admission Requirements

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

  • A completed graduate application
  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Acceptable graduate test score on graduate admissions exams, including the GRE (a combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or above) or MAT (400 or above) taken within the last 5 years. This requirement may be waived for students holding master’s degrees in related fields.
  • 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 (400-500 words).
  • A scholarly postgraduate writing sample
  • Approval by the director of the Doctor of Philosophy program.

To Apply

  1. Submit a completed online application.
  2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request  form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
  3. Send all additional items via mail to your enrollment counselor.


Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Financial Information


$650 per semester hour

General Fee $350 per semester ($250 if 11 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $75 per semester hour
Applicable Course Fees see full tuition and fee schedule

Offering Schedule


FNA 8317 Examining Fine Arts: Great Ideas and Readings Tuesdays Dr. Matt Roberson/Dr. Mike Young
HU 7311 Introduction to Humane Letters Mondays Dr. Robert Woods
IDS 8310 Interdisciplinary Seminar Varies TBA
LIT 7324 Literary Analysis: Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings Thursdays Dr. Ben Lockerd
PHL 7313 Philosophical Inquiries: Great Ideas, Writings, and Authors Thursdays Dr. Mark Linville
8312, 8313, 8314 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/PHL/LIT) Varies TBA
9301, 9302 Dissertation (HU/HY/PHL/LIT) Varies TBA


IDS 7310 Interdisciplinary Seminar Varies Dr. Jason Jewell
HU 8326 Understanding Humane Letters: Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings Mondays Dr. Robert Woods
HY 8315 Historical Investigations: Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings Thursdays Dr. Jason Jewell
IDS 7301 Scholarly Inquiry and Writing in the Humanities Fridays Dr. David Stark
NMS 8328 Mathematical Scientific Reasoning: Great Ideas and Readings Mondays Dr. Ted Sabir
SSC 7319 Reflection on Social Scientific Thought: Great Ideas Readings Tuesdays Dr. Tom Lindsey
8312, 8313, 8314 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/PHL/LIT) Varies TBA
9301, 9302 Dissertation (HU/HY/PHL/LIT) Varies TBA

Summer  – Course offerings vary.

A minimum of three seminar courses are offered each summer.These seminars are scheduled in part based on student demand.  Contact program director for offerings in a
specific term.


Seminar I Varies TBA
Seminar II Varies TBA
Seminar III Varies TBA
8312, 8313, 8314 Independent Tutorials (HU/HY/PHL/LIT) Varies TBA
9301, 9302 Dissertation (HU/HY/PHL/LIT) Varies TBA

Note: All live seminar meetings occur 7:30–9:00 pm (CT) via Google hangout video call.