History of Science, and Medicine
The History of 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)
Methodological Cluster (three courses)These History courses focus on the history of science, technology, and medicine. For 2011-12, these courses are:
- AMSTUD 156. Women and Medicine in U.S. History: Women as Patients, Healers and Doctors
- HISTORY 41Q. Mad Women: Explorations in Gender & Mental Illness in US History
- HISTORY 41S. Speed and Power and Work by the Hour: The Revolution of Western Industry
- HISTORY 44Q. History of Women and Gender in Science, Medicine and Technology
- HISTORY 103D. Human Society & Environmental Change
- HISTORY 130A. The Rise of Scientific Medicine
- HISTORY 142. Darwin in the History of Life
- HISTORY 169. Environmental History of North America
- HISTORY 205A. The History of Information
- HISTORY 242G. Einstein: Science, Technology, and Culture
- HISTORY 243C. 18th-Century Colonial Science and Medicine
- HISTORY 243G. Tobacco and Health in World History
- HPS 154. The History of Scientific Methods, Pythagoras to Popper
- HPS 158. Madness: Explorations in Mental Illness
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 RequirementsLike all history majors, students in History Interdisciplinary Programs must complete two lecture courses (one Europe or U.S., one Africa, Asia, Middle East or Latin America), two 200-level courses, a Sources and Methods seminar, and a Research Seminar for Majors.