Accelerated BA in Philosophy and MS in Science, Technology & Society

Major: Philosophy and Science, Technology & Society
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 30.1501

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9121

About the Program

The accelerated-degree program provides an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a BA degree and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone. By combining graduate-level study with their undergraduate program, motivated students graduate with an MS and BA in just five years. Students can complete the degree solely through coursework or combine coursework with a master's project or a master's thesis. The flexibility offered by the STS curriculum, the opportunity to work closely alongside research-active faculty, and the training offered in multiple theoretical and research methodologies opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities.

Students in the accelerated program have the opportunity to craft their own original research project with guidance from some of the most interesting and dynamic faculty scholars in their fields. The STS Lab course is a unique feature of the curriculum--it prepares students to work as a team to address meaningful science and technology related topics. Working with a faculty adviser, graduate students develop an individualized plan of study that allows them to pursue their interests in depth.

Admission Requirements

Depending on the academic program, eligible students can be admitted to an accelerated degree program in one of two ways: as an incoming freshman or after completing a minimum of 90 credits but no more than 120 credits.

To learn more about eligibility and enrollment requirements, visit the Undergraduate Admissions web page.

Degree Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements - PHIL-BA
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Studies in Diversity Electives6.0
Two International Studies Electives6.0
Two Mathematics Electives6.0
Two Natural Science Electives6.0
Four Social and Behavioral Science Electives12.0
Select two of the following:6.0
History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval
History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism
History of Art III: Modern Art
Language Requirement
Any two (2) consecutive foreign language courses (completing level 201)8.0
Major Requirements - All Concentrations
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 214Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 215Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 221Epistemology: Philosophy of Knowledge3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 461 [WI] Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy3.0
Professional Ethics Elective
Select one of the following:3.0
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Criminal Justice Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option9.0
Thesis Option:
Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis Development
Senior Essay II: Argument Construction
Senior Essay III: Defense
Non-Thesis Option:
Seminar in a Philosophical School
Seminar in a Major Philosopher
Select one of the following:
Philosophy of the Environment
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Electives51.0
Free Electives
Concentration Option *21.0
General Philosophy Concentration:
Symbolic Logic I
Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art
Seminar in a Philosophical School
Seminar in a Major Philosopher
Select one of the following:
Symbolic Logic II
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Ethics and Information Technology
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Ethics of Human Enhancement
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Criminal Justice Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Select two of the following:
Philosophy of the Environment
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Total Credits182.0
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Philosophy students are encouraged to choose the General Philosophy Concentration to complete the accelerated program, but may also opt for concentrations in Ethical Theory and Practice, Philosophy and Law, or Philosophy, Technology and Science.

STS Required Courses:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
SCTS 504Science, Technology & Society Theories3.0
ADVANCED REQUIREMENTS
Ethics, Values, Identities, and Culture6.0
Select two of the following:
Public Health Ethics
Information Ethics
Contemporary Feminist Theory
Material Culture
Technology, Progress, and Determinism
The Biopolitics of Health
Medicine, Technology and Science
Global Subjects of Biocapital
Transnational Science, Technology & Capitalism
Science and Technology Policy3.0
Select one of the following:
Telecommunications Regulation and Policy
Information Policy
Sustainability & Public Policy
Environmental Policy
Science and Technology Policy
Risk and Disaster Policy
Contemporary Stem Workforces:Organizations of Labor in Lab, Shop and Clinic
War and Technoscience
Science, Technology & Society Lab3.0
Select one of the following:
Special Topics in STS Lab
Mobilities Lab
Identity and Intersectionality Lab
Thesis/Project and Electives *21.0
Master's Research
Suggested Electives **
History of Public Health
Contemporary Social Theory
Research Methods in Communication
Data Analysis in Communication
Critical Theory
Seminar in Contemporary Theory
Managing Technology Innovation
Methods of Policy Analysis
Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction Design
History and Systems
Historiography of Science
Politics of Life
STS Perspectives on Risk and Disaster
Theoretical and Sociological Aspects of Measurement
Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science
Internship in Science, Technology and Society
Special Topics in Science Technology and Society
Independent Study in SCTS
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Math Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
Language Elective4.0
Math Elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PHIL 214Modern Philosophy (Natural Science Elective)3.0
Language Elective4.0
Natural Science Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
PHIL 215Contemporary Philosophy3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
Diversity Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 111Symbolic Logic I3.0
PHIL 211Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality3.0
Diversity Elective3.0
Natural Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 6
PHIL 207Symbolic Logic II3.0
PHIL 231Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art3.0
PHIL 421 [WI] Seminar in Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 481 [WI] Seminar in a Philosophical School3.0
Philosophy Elective (PHIL 341 - PHIL 391)3.0
International Studies Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 7
PHIL 431 [WI] Seminar in Modern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 485 [WI] Seminar in a Major Philosopher3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Philosophy Elective (PHIL 341 - PHIL 391)3.0
Professional Ethics Elective3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
PHIL 497 [WI] Senior Essay I: Research & Thesis Development3.0
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
Free Electives6.0
Sociology or Political Science Elective4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
PHIL 498 [WI] Senior Essay II: Argument Construction3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
International Studies Elective3.0
Free Electives (UG)9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 10
PHIL 221Epistemology: Philosophy of Knowledge3.0
PHIL 499 [WI] Senior Essay III: Defense3.0
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
Free Electives9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 11
SCTS 504Science, Technology & Society Theories3.0
SCTS 600Contemporary Feminist Theory3.0
SCTS 645War and Technoscience3.0
Free Electives (UG)9.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 12
SCTS 570Environmental Policy3.0
SCTS 639Politics of Life3.0
STS Elective3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 13
SCTS 571Science and Technology Policy3.0
SCTS 665Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science3.0
STS Elective3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 14
SCTS 612Medical and Healthcare Ethics3.0
SCTS 798Master's Research3.0
SCTS I799Independent Study in SCTS3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 225.0
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