2016-17 General Bulletin

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Phone: 216.368.2632
Colin McLarty, Program Director

The Department of Philosophy and the Department of History together offer an undergraduate major in the history and philosophy of science. The purpose of the major is to develop a humanistic understanding of the nature and development of science through the combined use of philosophical and historical methods. The major provides a foundation for graduate study in a range of academic disciplines and for careers in such areas as business, medicine, law, public policy, and science journalism. It also may be profitably combined with a program in one of the sciences. Within the major, a student may seek an emphasis on the philosophy of science, the history of the physical sciences, or the history of the biological and medically related sciences.

Department Faculty

Colin McLarty, PhD
Truman P. Handy Professor of Philosophy; Director, History and Philosophy of Science Program

James M. Edmonson, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History; Director, Dittrick Medical History Center

Chris Haufe, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Miriam R. Levin, PhD
Professor, Department of History

Alan J. Rocke, PhD
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor Emeritus of History, Department of History

Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD
Theodore J. Castele Professor; Associate Professor, Department of History

Undergraduate Programs


The history and philosophy of science major requires 30 credit hours from courses in philosophy and in history of science and technology:

Any four of the following seven classes:12
Introduction to Philosophy
Technology in European Civilization
Science in Western Thought I
Science in Western Thought II
Revolutions in Science
Philosophy of Science
Modern Philosophy
HSTY/PHIL 390Senior Research Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science3
Five electives approved by the major advisor 15
Total Units30

Students who major in the history and philosophy of science are not permitted to take a second major in philosophy or to minor in philosophy.


Students who minor in history and philosophy of science are required to complete 15 credit hours, as follows:

Any three of the following five classes:9
Introduction to Philosophy
Science in Western Thought II
Revolutions in Science
Philosophy of Science
Modern Philosophy
Two electives approved by the minor advisor 6
Total Units15