The research interests of the UMSL Philosophy Department are complemented by those of the department at Saint Louis University, which has strengths in the history of philosophy as well as in philosophy of religion. To enhance students' opportunities for instruction and expertise, the two departments have worked out a cooperative arrangement that permits graduate philosophy students on each campus to take up to four courses at the partner institution. In any given semester, UMSL graduate students must take at least half of their courses at their home institution; they must also take all of their coursework in their first semester of graduate study at UMSL.