2011-12 General Bulletin

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Alan Rocke, Program Director

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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

Alan J. Rocke, PhD
Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History; Director, History and Philosophy of Science Program

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

Miriam R. Levin, PhD
Professor of History

Colin McLarty, PhD
Truman P. Handy Professor of Intellectual Philosophy; Associate Professor of Philosophy

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

Undergraduate Programs

 

Major

The history and philosophy of science major requires 30 credit hours from courses in philosophy and in history of science and technology. Students who major in history and philosophy of science are required to complete any four of the following seven classes and three electives approved by the major advisor:

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
Natural Philosophy I
Natural Philosophy II
Modern Philosophy
Six electives approved by the major advisor. 18
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.

Minor

Students who minor in history and philosophy of science are required to take any three of the following five classes and two electives approved by the minor advisor: 

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