History and Philosophy of Science - Minor

College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Comparative and Integrative Programs
105 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2062
www.kent.edu/ccip


Description

This History and Philosophy of Science minor will prepare students from a variety of related disciplines to think about science as a social, historical and philosophical enterprise. It will also prepare students for graduate work in history of science, philosophy of science and science and technology studies, as well as for careers in areas of public and educational policy related to science.
 
Science is arguably the supreme intellectual enterprise of our species. It pervades nearly every aspect of modern society. Scientific research is heavily funded by governments and private institutions; courses in science are requirements at every level of education; scientific accomplishments are honored with awards and prizes; museums display scientific achievements and inventions. Moreover, the sheer depth and breadth of scientific progress through human history is monumental. All of this raises questions about what science is, how it works, and how it manages to be as successful as it is. These questions define the discipline known as the history and philosophy of science, which aims to study science, to understand its goals and methods, its principles and practices and its failures and triumphs.
 

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

Admission to a minor is open to students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree, the A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree (not Individualized Program major). Students enrolled only in the A.A. or A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree in Individualized Program may not declare a minor. Students may not pursue a minor and a major in the same discipline.

 

Minor Requirements

[HPS]

HIST 31500/PHIL 31080FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 3
HIST 31543THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION 3
PHIL 41035PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 3
Science Electives, choose from the following: 13-4
HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS)
LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS)
CHEMISTRY IN OUR WORLD (KBS)
MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
COMPUTER LITERACY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (KMCR)
SOCIETY, CULTURE AND THE DIGITAL SCIENCES
INFORMATION ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS)
EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS)
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
EXPLORATIONS IN MODERN MATHEMATICS (KMCR)
MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR)
CALCULUS FOR LIFE SCIENCES
SEVEN IDEAS THAT SHOOK THE UNIVERSE (KBS)
FRONTIERS IN ASTRONOMY (KBS)
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
History and Philosophy Electives, choose from the following:6
MEDICINE IN THE MODERN WORLD SINCE 1500
AMERICAN SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, 1876-PRESENT (DIVD)
INTRODUCTION TO FORMAL LOGIC (KMCR)
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
CONTINENTAL RATIONALISM (WIC)
BRITISH EMPIRICISM (WIC)
PHILOSOPHY OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE
RENAISSANCE AND EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE
EPISTEMOLOGY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
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Students declared in a major from any of programs listed in the Science Electives do not need to take a course from Science Electives, and should select an additional course from the History and Philosophy Electives. 

 Graduation Requirements

Minimum Minor GPA
2.000
  • Students must complete at least two upper-division (30000 or 40000 level) courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F).