The department offers a track in the History of Science for History majors. Those pursuing the HOS track have slightly different requirements from other students in the History major. The number of those pursuing the track varies from year to year, but it is generally around a dozen students, quite a few of whom are also pre-med (the track is designed to take advantage of the pre-med requirements, reducing the overall course load for pre-meds who want to study history).
The HOS track combines many of the advantages of a small major (close work with faculty, a strong sense of community), with all the virtues of a large department (since students can draw on the resources of the whole history department as well). If you are interested in science and/or engineering, but also enjoy the humanities, history of science could be for you. For more information about the major, please contact the Undergraduate Program Director for History of Science.
History of Science Track Curriculum
History majors wishing to major in the history of science are required to meet the thematic requirements (4 courses) and geographic requirement (2 courses, which can overlap with the thematic) among their ten to twelve courses. They must also take courses that satisfy the following requirements:
- Two courses in science, engineering, or mathematics in addition to those used to fill the University’s science distribution requirement.
- Four of the HOS courses listed below.
- These specific courses can and almost certainly will also serve to at least partially meet the geographic and thematic requirements.
- With the permission of the Undergraduate Program Director for History of Science, one of these courses may be replaced by a cognate course from another department, for example, in philosophy or sociology of science.
- Four additional history courses.
The independent work and senior departmental requirements are the same as for all other departmental majors.
Bolded courses are offered in the current or upcoming semester.
(only applies to majors)1
|EGR 277 / HIS 277: Technology and Society||P, KB|
|HIS 290: The Scientific World View of Antiquity and the Middle Ages||P|
|HIS 291: The Scientific Revolution and European Order, 1500-1750||P|
|HIS 292: Science in the Modern World||P, KB|
|HIS 293: Science in a Global Context: 15th to 20th Century||KB, PC|
|HIS 294: Science and Medicine in the Early Modern World||KB, PM|
|HIS 295: Making America: A Technological History of the United States||P, KB|
|HIS 297 / STC 297: Transformative Questions in Biology||KB|
|HIS 298: Information Revolutions||Fall 2023|
|AAS 352/HIS 347 Race and Reproduction in U.S. History|
|ART 361/HIS 355: The Art & Archaeology of Plague||G|
|SPI 364/HIS 368 Making Post-Pandemic Worlds: Epidemic History and the Future|
|AAS 331/HIS 382: Beyond Tuskegee: Race and Human Subjects Research in US History||RD|
|HIS 390: Formations of Knowledge: Historical Approaches to Science, Technology, and Medicine||RD, PC||Fall 2023|
|HIS 392: History of Evolution||KB|
|HIS 393: Race, Drugs, and Drug Policy in America||KB, RD|
|HIS 394: History of Ecology and Environment||KB|
|HIS 395: History of Medicine and the Body||KB, RD|
|HIS 396: History of Biology||KB|
|HIS 397: Medicine and the Mind: A History of Psychiatry from the Asylum to Zoloft||KB, RD|
|HIS 398: The Einstein Era||KB|
|AMS 399 / HIS 399: In the Groove: Technology and Music in American History, from Edison to the iPod||KB|
HIS 452: Magic, Matter, Medicine: Science in the Medieval World
|GSS 426/HIS 458: History and the Body|
|HIS 472: Medicine and Society in China: Past and Present||KB, RD, G||Fall 2023|
|HIS 481: Science and Film||KB|
|HIS 489: The Scientific Self||KB, PC|
|HIS 491: Fertile Bodies: A Cultural History of Reproduction from Antiquity to the Enlightenment||PM|
|HIS 492: The Therapeutic Persuasion: Psychotherapy and American Life||KB|
HIS 493: '1, 2, 3, Testing'... in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
|HIS 494: Broken Brains, Shattered Minds||KB, RD|
|HIS 495: Alchemy - Art and Science||KB, PM|
HIS 496: History of Neuroscience
|HIS 497: Eating, Growing, Catching, Knowing: Historical Perspectives on Food, Science, and the Environment|
|HIS 498: History of Pseudoscience||KB|
|HIS 499: Things|
These specific courses can and almost certainly will also serve to at least partially meet the geographic and thematic requirements.
With the permission of the Undergraduate Program Director for History of Science, one of these courses may be replaced by a cognate course from another department, for example, in philosophy or sociology of science.
- Four additional history courses.
- The independent work and senior departmental requirements are the same as for all other departmental majors.
1 Distribution Requirement Designations:
- Knowledge & Belief (KB)
- Power & Conflict (PC)
- Pre-Modern, pre-1700 (PM)
- Race & Difference (RD)
- Geographic (G)