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Minor in History and Philosophy of Science

Minor Overview

This minor explores the ways in which science has influenced every facet of society and examines the sociological and philosophical issues that it raises.  You’ll develop a broad understanding of technology and how it has evolved over time, study significant medical developments and learn about ethical and historical issues related to fundamental areas of science such as biology, chemistry and the health sciences.

The interdisciplinary nature of this program means you’ll be able to expand on your major and choose from a wide variety of courses offered by our different schools. With the guidance of the program’s director you can tailor your experience to fit your specific interests, drawing from diverse subjects such as evolution, bioethics, anthropology and psychology. 

Curriculum and Requirements

History and Philosophy Minor Curriculum

To complete a minor in history and philosophy of science, students are required to complete six courses (18 credits). All students take both The Rise of Modern Science (HS 230) and Philosophy of Science (PL 235). In addition, students take 12 credits from the list of approved courses:

Course List
AN 337Anthropology of Health and Medicine3
BIO 205Bioethics3
BIO 383Evolution3
BMS 117The Human Organism3
BMS 278Research and Technology3
BMS 474Power of Plagues3
CSC 101Introduction to Internet Studies3
CSC 350Intelligent Systems3
EC 363American Economic History3
HS 220American Environmental History3
HS 330History of Western Medicine3
HS 394Doctors, Disease, and Death in the Western World4
HSC 315Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century3
MSS 320Communication Technologies: Evolution and Impact3
PL 222Bioethics3
PL 234Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine3
PL 238Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation3
PL 320Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL:Service Learning)3
PS 309History of Psychology3
PS 310History of Madness3
SO 280Illness and Disability3
SO 360Sociology of Mental Illness3

In consultation with the director of the program, students design a course of study with a coherent focus related to their interests and major field. These courses of study will have a central theme or area of study that falls within the general scope of the program.