History & Phil of Science

Special Program in History and Philosophy of Science

Undergraduates may major in Philosophy with a field of study in History and Philosophy of Science. This field of study is declared on Axess. Each participating student is assigned an adviser who approves the course of study. A total of 61 units are required for the sub-major, to be taken according to requirements 1 through 5 below. Substitutions for the listed courses are allowed only by written consent of the undergraduate adviser for History and Philosophy of Science. Students are encouraged to consider doing honors work with an emphasis on the history and philosophy of science. Interested students should see the description of the honors thesis in Philosophy and consult their advisers for further information.

    Program Requirements:
  1. Three science courses (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) for 12 units.
  2. The following Philosophy (PHIL) core courses must be completed with a letter grade by the end of junior year:
    1. PHIL 50: Introductory Logic (3 units)
    2. PHIL 150: Basic Concepts in Mathematical Logic (4 units)
    3. PHIL 151: First-Order Logic (4 units)
    4. PHIL 154: Modal Logic (4 units)
    5. either PHIL 60: Introduction to Philosophy of Science or
      PHIL 61: Science, Religion and the Birth of Modern Philosophy
    6. PHIL 80: MInd, Matter, and Meaning
  3. Three history of science courses.
  4. Three philosophy of science courses, of which one must be PHIL 164 Central Topics in the Philosophy of Science: Theory and Evidence.
  5. Three additional courses related to the major, in philosophy or history, to be agreed on by the advisor.
  6. At least courses in the major must be completed at Stanford with a letter grade. Units for Tutorial, Directed Reading, or The Dualist (PHIL 196: Tutorial, Senior Year; PHIL 197: Individual Work, Undergraduate; PHIL 198: The Dualist) may not be counted in the 61-unit requirement. No more than 10 units completed with grades of 'satisfactory' and/or 'credit' may be counted in the 61-unit requirement.
  7. Transfer units must be approved in writing by the Director of Undergraduate Study at the time of declaring a major. Transfer courses are strictly limited when used to satisfy major requirements.


For those who wish to declare a major in the Special Program in History and Philosophy of Science, please visit Ai Tran's office (70-71K) to pick up the Special Program in History and Philosophy of Science packet.