Programs by Campus
History and Philosophy of Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Departmental E-mail: hpscdept [at] indiana [dot] edu
Departmental URL: www.indiana.edu/~hpscdept
Master of Arts, dual Master of Arts and Master of Library Science (jointly with the School of Library and Information Science), and Doctor of Philosophy. Students at IU may also pursue double Ph.D.s with related departments, such as History or Philosophy, writing a single dissertation.
Special Departmental Requirements
(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)
Either (1) an undergraduate major in a science or a related group of sciences with a minor in either history or philosophy or (2) an undergraduate major in either history or philosophy with a strong minor in science; or a similar background is preferred. Applicants with divergent backgrounds who can demonstrate serious interest and research potential in HPS are encouraged to apply.
Master of Arts Degree
A total of 36 credit hours of course work or 30 credit hours of course work together with a satisfactory M.A. thesis. Students who do not write a thesis must choose at least one course which requires the writing of a major research paper. Both options require 24 hours of course work in the department; at least four courses must be selected from the core courses listed below (X506, X507, X551, X552, X556, X706). Students intending to take Ph.D. qualifying exams are advised to take more than the minimum number of core courses required for the M.A.
A 3.3 (B+) grade point average in departmental courses is required.
Foreign Language/Research-Skill Requirement
Proficiency in one language or one research skill. Students are typically expected to complete this requirement before registering for their third semester in the department.
Dual Master of Arts and Master of Library Science Degrees
Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of approximately 51 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately. Students must take 21 credit hours in history and philosophy of science, including three core courses (X506, X507, X551, X552, X556, or X706). The course of studies must be planned in consultation with a history and philosophy of science advisor. Students must also complete 30 credit hours of School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) courses, including completion of SLIS MLS Foundation courses (15 credit hours); other required SLIS courses (9 credit hours); L516 or L586, L624, and L596 and SLIS elective courses. Admission to each of the two areas of study is approved separately on the same basis as for other applicants not in the dual program.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
Fields of Study
A student may concentrate in either the history or the philosophy of science or pursue both fields simultaneously. This affects the Foreign Language/Research Skill Requirement below.
A total of 90 credit hours, including courses that meet all requirements for the M.A., plus at least two additional courses approved by the department from its offerings. Students intending to take Ph.D. qualifying exams are advised to take more than the minimum number of core courses required for the M.A. A maximum of 30 credit hours for dissertation work (X700 and X800) may be counted toward the 90 credit hours.
One minor outside the department is required. The requirements for this minor are set by the department involved. Outside minor fields that students in the history and philosophy of science program have commonly taken include history, mathematics, philosophy, or one of the sciences.
Foreign Language/Research-Skill Requirement
Proficiency either (1) in two languages, or (2) in one language and one research skill, or (3) in one language in depth, depending on the recommendation of the student’s advisory committee. Students are normally expected to complete one of these requirements before their third semester in residence and the second-language or tool-skill requirement before their fifth semester.
Written and oral. Examination in minor area is left to the discretion of the minor department. Examinations may not be taken more than twice, except in extraordinary cases.
Upon advancement to candidacy, if not before, the student must submit and gain departmental approval of a research proposal.
Ph.D. Minor in History and Philosophy of Science
Graduate students from other departments desiring a minor in history and philosophy of science must complete 12 graduate credit hours of course work in the department with a B+ or higher. The set of courses should represent a coordinated objective and must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.