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The history and philosophy of science is an interdisciplinary field that traces its origin to foundational works such as Thomas Kuhn's "Structure of Scientific Revolutions". The field is based on the idea that the best way to understand science is to study how it changes over time, along with careful analysis of its concepts and fundamental principles. The PhD program in the history and philosophy of science combines training in the core areas of history and philosophy of science with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies of the sciences, including:
The program is especially appropriate for students with an undergraduate or master's degree in philosophy history, or the sciences, and those who seek to broaden their disciplinary studies. Science students who have not taken relevant undergraduate humanistic core courses can make these up during their first years in the program. Graduates go on to careers in higher education, including research, teaching and administration; science communication; and other professions related to the life sciences.