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History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #9 (QS) Chicago, IL, United States
The only program of its kind, the B.A. program in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine is designed for UChicago students interested in studying science in terms of its historical development, conceptual structure, and social role. 
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Overview

Students in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine program at University of Chicago must do sufficient work in one or more sciences to acquire a sound foundation for studying the nature of science. After securing this basis, they are expected to gain an understanding of how science arose, as well as how the content of scientific thought has changed and is changing, because of both its own internal dynamic and its interaction with the larger society in which it is embedded.

Learning outcomes

In disciplines such as anthropology, history, medicine, and philosophy, the faculty designs special tutorials, enrolling three to 10 students, and works closely with students on the bachelor’s thesis. The curriculum covers foundational, advanced science, major, and tutorial courses. Students select courses according to individual interests. For example, students can examine the religious, political, and scientific ideas that formed Darwin’s theory of evolution or the ethical questions surrounding medical procedures and decisions.

The HIPS program is designed to make possible the study of a wide range of social, historical, and conceptual issues relating to science. Students completing the program follow a number of different careers. Some pursue graduate study in the history and philosophy of science or in some field of science. Others find the program valuable preparation for the study of medicine, law, public policy, or science journalism. More generally, the goal of the program is to provide students with a sound basis on which to interpret and evaluate science and science policy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ancient: HIPS 17300–17310
  • Early Modern: HIPS 17400–17410
  • Modern: HIPS 17500–17510
  • Introductory General Chemistry
  • Comprehensive General Chemistry
  • General Physics
  • Elementary Functions and Calculus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission and Supplement Essays
  • Application Fee or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Midyear Report
  • Test-Optional

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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