All questions about submatriculation should be addressed to Dr. Barnes, Dr. Voskuhl, or Dr. Greene, the undergraduate advisers.

Submatriculation permits a student to earn a combined B.A.-M.A. in four years.

Submatriculation is part of the graduate program of the Department of History and Sociology of Science.  It is not part of the department's undergraduate programs in STSC or HSOC.  A submatriculated student earns an M.A. in the History and Sociology of Science in combination with their B.A. program in STSC or HSOC.

There is no formal application process for submatriculation.  Admission is by invitation on a case-by-case basis. 

Students interested in exploring graduate work in HSS should attend sessions of the Monday Workshop. Click for Workshop Schedule

This is how the process occurs: A student that shows both the interest in and ability for graduate level work in the History and Sociology of Science declares as an STSC or HSOC major.  This student begins discussing graduate work with the faculty member whose research focus matches the student's.   This conversation should begin during sophomore year and no later than the first term of junior year). Through these conversations and further academic advising, the process of submatriculation can begin.

Admission for submatriculation requires:

1) unequivocal support from a faculty member with whom the student has worked closely;
2) a vote of approval by the full HSSC faculty.

To earn a combined BA and MA in four years, undergraduates must complete all normal requirements for graduation at Penn, and all requirements for submatriculation.

Requirements for submatriculation in HSSC:

  1. A total of 8 graduate course credits, of which at least 6 must be in HSSC. Four of these courses can be used toward the BA in STSC or HSOC.
    • One of these courses must be HSSC 505
    • Four others must be graduate seminars in each of at least two of our three major subfields (science, technology and medicine)
    • One must be a research seminar in which the student completes a substantial writing project, and earns an A- or better.
    • One must involve historical study of the period before 1850.
  2. Application no later than the junior year, and completion of all requirements within four years from entering Penn as an undergraduate.

Undergraduates interested in submatriculation should

  • take courses from faculty whose research interests them
  • "test the waters" of graduate study by taking 500-level graduate courses in this department.  NOTE: these courses are by permission only, so they must receive specific permission from an instructor in order to register.  Instructors will want to see evidence (grades and written work)  that the undergraduate has the reading and writing skills necessary for graduate study.
  • attend HSS Monday Workshop Click for schedule