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History of Science, Medicine and Technology

Planning on a career in a STEM-related field? In addition to our general major and minor, the History Department also offers a major and a minor in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology.
A British caricature from 1848 entitled "March of Intellect." A caption above the image reads "Lord how this world improves as we grow older." Various vignettes within the image include: "Scheme for the Payment of the National Debt" (shown as castles in the sky); "Quick conveyance for the Irish Emigrees" (showing a dozen stick figures being shot out of a cannon); a mail carrier with wings; a tricicle-powered covered wagon conveying passengers between "London & Bath in Six Hours"; "Grand Vacuum Tube Company" providing passengers with a direct trip to Bengal; an enormous flying bat headed "For New South Wales with Convicts"; and a bridge named Restorateur, an unnamed "Company's Suspension Bridge to Cape Town."

Classes you might take in this track include:

  • HIST 200: Science, Medicine, and Technology in World Perspective
  • HIUS 365: Food and Power in U.S. History
  • HIST 410: Infectious Disease: A Global History
    HIEU 432: Medicine in the Third Reich
  • HIEU 435: Science, Religion and Magic in Early Modern Europe

The registrar’s office provides more details about requirements for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology majors¬†and minors.

ABOVE: March of Intellect; A futuristic vision: the advance of technology leads to rapid transport, sophisticated tastes among the masses, mechanization, and extravagant building projects. Coloured etching by W. Heath (1848) CC BY 4.0