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History, Science, and Medicine

The History, Science and Medicine (HS&M) track is a collaborative program of the Department of History and the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science. The major is designed for students interested in both sciences and humanities, and in the interactions between the two. It is also especially useful for students contemplating medical school, since it allows them to study the history of medicine, biology, and allied sciences in conjunction with fulfilling the pre-med science requirements. 

Gateway Course (one course)—HISTORY 140. World History of Science, Technology and Medicine: From Prehistory to the Scientific Revolution (Winter Quarter)

Methodological Cluster (three courses)—These History courses focus on the history of science, technology, and medicine. For 2009-10, these courses are:

HISTORY 7S. The Age of Discovery: Maritime Imperialism and Science, 1400-1850

HISTORY 31S. The Renaissance of War: War, Technology, and Art in the High Renaissance

HISTORY 42N. Science, Medicine and Empire

HISTORY 141A. The Emergence of Medicine: The Middle Ages and Renaissance

HISTORY 142. Darwin in the History of Life

HISTORY 144. Gender in Science, Medicine and Engineering

HISTORY 208A. Science and Law in History

HISTORY 231S. Early Modern Things

HISTORY 243G. Tobacco and Health in World History

HISTORY 243J. Climate Change in the West: A History of the Future

Geographical Cluster (four courses)—Students select four History courses in one geographic area. Examples include: Europe, Britain and the countries of the former British Empire, Asia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, or Africa. These four courses must be taken in addition to the three methodological cluster courses. Courses in the history of science, technology, and medicine that have a geographic focus may be used to fulfill this requirement, but cannot be double-counted in the methodological cluster.

Interdisciplinary Cluster (four courses)—Students select four courses in scientific disciplines and/or in philosophy of science, anthropology of science, or sociology of science. These courses require faculty adviser pre-approval.

Research Seminar for Majors (HISTORY 209S)—Fulfills the Writing in the Major requirement.

General Requirements—Like all history majors, students in History Interdisciplinary Programs must complete two lecture courses (one Europe or US, one Africa, Asia, Middle East or Latin America), two 200-level courses, a Sources & Methods seminar, and a Research Seminar for Majors.

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