The graduate program in the history and philosophy of science offers MA and PhD degrees through a combination of coursework and dissertation research. The department also offers an area of concentration in classics, philosophy and ancient science. The department supports scholarship in the history and philosophy of general science and in history and philosophy of particular sciences. It has special strengths in the history and philosophy of physical, biological, social, cognitive and neurosciences, and in ancient and 17th-century science. See http://www.hps.pitt.edu/graduate/areas.php.
Department Chair: Michael Dietrich
Main Office: 1101 Cathedral of Learning
Applicants for admission to the graduate program in history and philosophy of science will be expected to have a suitable undergraduate degree and to have some knowledge of the natural or social sciences. Applications are online. The deadline for completed applications is January 10. While the department awards both PhD and MA degrees, virtually all students are admitted into the PhD program.
Students in the PhD program are supported by fellowships or teaching assistantships/fellowships during their first five (5) years. The rates are set annually by the University. The department does not offer financial support to non-continuing MA students.
The graduate program consists of a series of seminars (approximately four to six are offered each term). These range from general surveys of the field and methods of research to specialized research seminars on selected topics in history and philosophy of science. These courses are divided into three areas:
- Area 1: Core sequence: a three-term introduction at the graduate level to history and philosophy of science
- Area 2: History of science
- Area 3: Philosophy of science
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty
CoursesHistory and Phil of Science