Katherine Brading
Director of Graduate Studies
HPSTM Program
Box 90743
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708


Program Description

The History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (HPSTM) is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program at Duke University designed to complement and enrich the curricula of graduate students studying English, history, philosophy, science, engineering, medicine, or other disciplines.  The program is administered by the History and Philosophy Departments, but is wide-ranging and draws participants from Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Classical Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, English, Germanic Languages and Literature, Literature, Psychology and Neuroscience, Religion, Women's Studies, and other Duke departments and programs.

The interdisciplinary certificate requires the following: HPSTM core graduate seminar taught annually as a cross-listed course in History (HIST 577S), Literature (LIT 521S), and Philosophy (PHIL 541S), and Women's Studies (WOMENST 541S); one elective seminar or directed readings course in the history of science, technology or medicine; one elective seminar or directed readings course in the philosophy of science or the history of the philosophy of science; one elective seminar or directed readings course relevant to the student's HPSTM interests; and, a capstone research paper on a HPSTM-related topic.