More than just what happened and why:  From the History and Philosophy of Science to Applied Ethics and Religion, our courses connect across the OSU campus providing a broad perspective and a unique insight into the issues facing our world.  Our students and faculty research on and collaborate with a wide array of disciplines from Oceanography to Nuclear Engineering - from Music to Environmental Science.  Our school provides students with a series of lenses though which they can examine the universe and their place in it.

News and Reflection @ SHPR

Why fierce animals are fierce

Apr 23, 2014

The eighteenth-century Dutch physician Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738) wrote many books, but among his most famous were his Aphorisms and his Materia medica, both of which were translated and reprinted throughout the century.  They distilled the conventional wisdom of the day … Continue reading  Read full story.

SHPR Digest-Winter 2014

Apr 14, 2014

The latest news and information from the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion (SHPR) at Oregon State University Highlights: The classroom is only the beginning of education.   Recognizing this, the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State is … Continue reading  Read full story.

A Marine Biology Student’s Education Through the Scientific Art of Biography

Apr 9, 2014

by Ariana Meltvedt Snow* These reflections result from a February 2014 address at OSU’s Center for the Humanities delivered by Mary Jo Nye, Professor Emerita of History at OSU.  Professor Nye, who spoke on “Biography and the History of Science,” has written biographies of many scientists including the English physicist and Nobel laureate P.M.S. Blackett [...] Read full story.

Does Crisis in Ukraine Shatter the Nuclear Order?

Mar 18, 2014

Ukraine’s inability to stop Russia from seizing Crimea may sound the death knell for the global nuclear order. For years I have written about the environmental dimensions of nuclear power and nuclear weapons programs, and more recently I have been exploring the connection between environmental crisis rhetoric and the proliferation of nuclear communities all over […] Read full story.

OSU Events


History Student Career Fair

A history degree is only the beginning to endless career possibilities!!  

The History Students’ Association is sponsoring a career fair to get you started.  There will be representatives from various…

The Philosophy of Rowing

Philosophers have been enamored with water from the 5th century pre-socratic Heraclitus who told us that 'we can not step into the same river twice,' to virtually every


The Holocaust and the Shaping of Israel

Many historians have claimed that groups and governments outside Nazi Europe did too little to try to rescue Jews during the…

"Forty" (A Play on the Armenian Genocide)

Among the genocides of the twentieth century, the one most often likened to the Holocaust is the Armenian Genocide of 1915-16. In both cases, a religious minority was targeted, and…
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