The proposed logic option is an attempt to restore our ability to recruit and develop logic PhD students. The logic option would not in any way threaten the existing system of qualifying exams in algebra, analysis, and topology. The only purpose of the logic option is to improve opportunities for motivated logic students to succeed in the PhD program, as they did prior to 1990. The logic option will not take students away from any other field, because it will be of interest only to students who arrive at Penn State already committed to specializing in logic. Such students will be required to petition for the logic option almost immediately upon arrival at Penn State.
Our proposal is very narrow and modest, but it would make an enormous difference to us logicians. I urge you to consider it carefully. I welcome your comments or suggestions for improving the proposal.