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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine M.A.

History of Science & Technology
Graduate School
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Contact Information
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Minnesota, 154 Shepherd Labs, 100 Union Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-7069; fax: 612-301-1442)
Email: hstm@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 31
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The program offers opportunities for advanced research and study in the history of science and technology (with particular expertise in the history of the physical sciences, history of the biological sciences, history of technology, and history of American science and technology) and in the history of medicine.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students must have a bachelor's degree with a preferred grade average of B or better and must be capable of interdisciplinary study. Depending on background and career objectives, additional preparatory studies may be necessary in either the science-technology area or in the humanities and social sciences. Although it is not strictly required for admission, it's strongly recommended that applicants submit a GRE score.
Special Application Requirements:
All application materials are submitted online to the University. Check the HSTM website (www.hstm.umn.edu) for more information. Applications are accepted for fall admission only. The application deadline is December 1.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 15 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Language Requirement: Reading proficiency in one foreign language.
A minimum GPA of 3.30 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The M.A. is offered under Plan A and Plan B. Following the guidelines in the Graduate Student Handbook for the program (www.hstm.umn.edu), M.A. students select one of two tracks, the history of science and technology or the history of medicine, and, within the chosen track, select courses subject to distribution requirements in terms of area and period. All of the courses selected for the requirements must be passed with a grade of B or better. Plan A requires 31 credits consisting of 6 credits in the required courses HSCI/HMED 8112 and 8113, 9 additional credits in HSCI or HMED, 6 credits in an outside field or in a minor, and 10 thesis credits. Plan B requires 30 credits consisting of 6 credits in the required courses HSCI/HMED 8112 and 8113, 15 additional credits in HSCI or HMED, 3 credits in a directed study course, and 6 credits in an outside field or in a minor.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
History of Medicine
Plan A
Required Courses
Take the two-semester sequence of historiography and research preparation, plus an additional 9 credits in HMED chosen in consultation with adviser.
HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
Outside Field Coursework
In consultation with adviser and the DGS, take 6 credits in courses from either the track alternative to the one in which you are enrolled, in outside fields, or in a minor.
Thesis Credits
Take 10 thesis credits
HMED 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan B
Required Courses
Take the two-semester sequence of historiography and research preparation, plus an additional 15 credits in HMED chosen in consultation with adviser.
HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
Outside Field Coursework
In consultation with adviser and the DGS, take 6 credits in courses from either the track alternative to the one in which you are enrolled, in outside fields, or in a minor.
Directed Study
Take 3 credits in a directed study course.
HMED 8631 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
HMED 8632 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
History of Science and Technology
Plan A
Required Courses
Take the two-semester sequence of historiography and research preparation, plus an additional 9 credits in HSCI chosen in consultation with adviser.
HSCI 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
Outside Field Coursework
In consultation with adviser and the DGS, take 6 credits in courses from either the track alternative to the one in which you are enrolled, in outside fields, or in a minor.
Thesis Credits
Take 10 thesis credits
HSCI 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan B
Required Courses
Take the two-semester sequence of historiography and research preparation, plus an additional 15 credits in HSCI chosen in consultation with adviser.
HSCI 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
Outside Field Coursework
In consultation with adviser and the DGS, take 6 credits in courses from either the track alternative to the one in which you are enrolled, in outside fields, or in a minor.
Directed Study
Take 3 credits in a directed study course.
HSCI 8993 - Directed Studies (1.0-5.0 cr)
HSCI 8994 - Directed Research (1.0-5.0 cr)
 
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HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01239 - HMed 8112/HSci 8112
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Models of practice, different schools. Work of representative historians of science, technology, and medicine. prereq: instr consent
HMED 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01257 - HMed 8113/HSci 8113
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sources, methods, and problems of research in history of science, technology, and medicine. Preparation of major research paper under faculty supervision. prereq: instr consent
HMED 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01239 - HMed 8112/HSci 8112
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Models of practice, different schools. Work of representative historians of science, technology, and medicine. prereq: instr consent
HMED 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01257 - HMed 8113/HSci 8113
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sources, methods, and problems of research in history of science, technology, and medicine. Preparation of major research paper under faculty supervision. prereq: instr consent
HMED 8631 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
tbd prereq: instr consent
HMED 8632 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
tbd prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Models of practice, different schools. Work of representative historians of science, technology, and medicine.
HSCI 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01257
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sources, methods, and problems of research in history of science, technology, and medicine. Preparation of major research paper under faculty supervision.
HSCI 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required (Plan A only)
HSCI 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Models of practice, different schools. Work of representative historians of science, technology, and medicine.
HSCI 8113 - Research Methods in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01257
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sources, methods, and problems of research in history of science, technology, and medicine. Preparation of major research paper under faculty supervision.
HSCI 8993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
TBD prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8994 - Directed Research
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
TBD