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Studies of Science and Technology Minor

Philosophy Department
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Studies of Science and Technology, 746 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455; (612-625-6635; fax: 612-626-8380)
Email: mcps@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 7
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Studies of science and technology (SST) deals with a rapidly expanding field that seeks to understand the conceptual foundations, historical development, and social dimensions and context of science and technology. SST faculty are drawn from a number of research and teaching units dedicated in whole or in part to the history, philosophy, and social studies of science and technology. The SST graduate minor is for students from any major who want to gain a deeper understanding of the nature and development of science and technology. It can be particularly valuable for students who are planning teaching careers in science or engineering, or those majoring in philosophy or history of science and technology.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Studies of Science and Technology director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Courses offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F, with a minimum grade of B earned for each. The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.00.
History Course (3 credits)
Select 1 of the following courses in consultation with the SST director of graduate studies:
HSCI 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
Philosophy Course (3 credits)
Select 1 of the following courses in consultation with the SST director of graduate studies:
PHIL 8602 - Scientific Representation and Explanation (3.0 cr)
PHIL 8610 - Seminar: History of Modern Physical Sciences (3.0 cr)
PHIL 8620 - Seminar: Philosophy of the Biological Sciences (3.0 cr)
PHIL 8670 - Seminar: Philosophy of Science (3.0 cr)
Colloquium (1 or 3 credits)
Masterís students take the colloquium once; doctoral students take it twice.
SST 8000 - Colloquium (1.5 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Doctoral
Additional Coursework (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following, in consultation with the SST director of graduate studies, to complete the 12-credit minimum:
SST 8000 - Colloquium (1.5 cr)
SST 8100 - Seminar: Models, Theories, and Reality (3.0 cr)
SST 8200 - Seminar: Philosophy of the Physical Sciences (3.0 cr)
SST 8300 - Seminar: The Biological and Biomedical Sciences (3.0 cr)
SST 8400 - Seminar: Science, Technology, and Society (3.0 cr)
SST 8420 - Seminar: Social and Cultural Studies of Science (3.0 cr)
 
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HSCI 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Models of practice, different schools. Work of representative historians of science, technology, and medicine.
HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HMed 8112/HSci 8112
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Models of practice, different schools. Work of representative historians of science, technology, and medicine. prereq: instr consent
PHIL 8602 - Scientific Representation and Explanation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Contemporary issues concerning representation and explanation of scientific facts.
PHIL 8610 - Seminar: History of Modern Physical Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics specified in [Class Schedule]. prereq: instr consent
PHIL 8620 - Seminar: Philosophy of the Biological Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Topics vary by offering.
PHIL 8670 - Seminar: Philosophy of Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary by offering. prereq: instr consent
SST 8000 - Colloquium
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Series of weekly lectures by nationally and internationally known scholars with diverse disciplinary and methodological backgrounds speaking on a variety of issues. prereq: Grad SST minor
SST 8000 - Colloquium
Credits: 1.5 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Series of weekly lectures by nationally and internationally known scholars with diverse disciplinary and methodological backgrounds speaking on a variety of issues. prereq: Grad SST minor
SST 8100 - Seminar: Models, Theories, and Reality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students participate in ongoing research on the role of models and theories in science, and prepare and present research papers. prereq: HSci 8111 or [Phil 8601 or Phil 8602 or Phil 8605] or instr consent
SST 8200 - Seminar: Philosophy of the Physical Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students participate in ongoing research in history, philosophy, and social study of physical sciences and prepare and present research papers. prereq: instr consent
SST 8300 - Seminar: The Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students participate in ongoing research in history, philosophy, and social study of biological and biomedical sciences, and prepare and present research papers. prereq: HSci 8111 or [Phil 8601 or Phil 8602 or Phil 8605] or instr consent
SST 8400 - Seminar: Science, Technology, and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students participate in ongoing research on interactions involving science, technology, and society from perspectives of history, philosophy, and social study of science, and prepare and present research papers. prereq: HSci 8111 or [Phil 8601 or Phil 8602 or Phil 8605] or instr consent
SST 8420 - Seminar: Social and Cultural Studies of Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: Phil 8660/SST 8420
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Recent work; theoretical and methodological differences among practitioners; selected responses from historians and philosophers of science.