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University of Pittsburgh    
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Mar 08, 2021
 
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of History and Philosophy of Science


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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.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Michael Dietrich
Main Office: 1101 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-5896
Fax: 412-624-6825
E-mail: mdietrich@pitt.edu
www.hps.pitt.edu

Admissions

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.

Financial Assistance

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.

Degree Requirements

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

Faculty

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty  

Programs

    DoctoralMaster’s

    Courses

      History and Phil of Science

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