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Studies of Science and Technology Minor

Philosophy Department
College of Liberal Arts
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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 Spring 2018
  • 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 graduate SST 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. Students admitted to the SST minor will develop individual programs of study in consultation with the faculty and the director of Graduate Studies. Adjustments in program requirements can be made for students with relevant previous course experience.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Admission is contingent upon prior admission to a University of Minnesota master's or doctoral degree-granting program, and is by permission of the director of Graduate Studies in SST.
Special Application Requirements:
Prospective students should contact director of Graduate Studies in SST.
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.
History Course
All students pursuing the minor take one of the following two courses:
HSCI 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
or HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
Philosophy Course
All students pursuing the minor take one of the following three courses:
PHIL 8670 - Seminar: Philosophy of Science (3.0 cr)
or PHIL 8610 - Seminar: History of Modern Physical Sciences (3.0 cr)
or PHIL 8620 - Seminar: Philosophy of the Biological Sciences (3.0 cr)
Colloquium
Master's students pursuing the minor take the following course once. Doctoral students take the following course 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.
Master's
Master's students pursuing the minor complete the 7.5 credits noted above.
Doctoral
Additional Requirements for the Doctoral Minor
In addition to the 7.5 credits required for the master's minor, doctoral students must take another 1.5 credits of SST 8000, and at least 3 more SST credits.
SST 8000 - Colloquium (1.5 cr)
SST 8100 - Seminar: Models, Theories, and Reality (3.0 cr)
or SST 8200 - Seminar: Philosophy of the Physical Sciences (3.0 cr)
or SST 8300 - Seminar: The Biological and Biomedical Sciences (3.0 cr)
or SST 8400 - Seminar: Science, Technology, and Society (3.0 cr)
or 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: 01239 - 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 8670 - Seminar: Philosophy of Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary by offering. prereq: instr consent
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.
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: 00970 - 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.