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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Ph.D.

History of Science & Technology
Graduate School
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
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: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2021
  • Length of program in credits: 54
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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. Applications are accepted for fall semester 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
  • 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
24 credits are required in the major.
6 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
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 two foreign languages.
A minimum GPA of 3.30 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Courses must be taken on the A/F grade basis, unless only offered S/N, with a minimum grade of B earned for each course. Students select one of two tracks: the history of science and technology or the history of medicine. Coursework is subject to distribution requirements in terms of area and period.
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
Major Courses
Required (6 credits)
Complete the following courses.
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)
Additional Coursework (18 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select a minimum of 18 credits, including 3 credits in either HMED 8631 or 8632.
HMED 5075 - Technology and Medicine in Modern America (3.0 cr)
HMED 5940 - Topics in the History of Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8001 - Foundations in the History of Early Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8002 - Foundations in the History of Modern Medicine, 1800-present (3.0 cr)
HMED 8135 - Disease and Debility in History (3.0 cr)
HMED 8220 - Seminar: Current Topics in the History of Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8631 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
HMED 8632 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
HMED 8830 - Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
Outside Field Courses (6 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select a minimum of 6 credits from the following. Other courses may be approved by the director of graduate studies.
EMS 8100 - Workshop in Early Modern Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
EMS 8250 - Seminar in Early Modern Studies (3.0 cr)
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8940 - Topics in Asian History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8993 - Directed Study (1.0-16.0 cr)
HSCI 5242 - Navigating a Darwinian World (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5244 - Nature's History: Science, Humans, and the Environment (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5246 - History of (Un)Natural Disasters (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5331 - Technology and American Culture (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5332 - Science in the Shaping of America (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5993 - Directed Studies (1.0-15.0 cr)
HSCI 8124 - Foundations for Research in Ancient Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8125 - Foundations for Research in the Scientific Revolution (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8131 - Industrial Revolutions (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8421 - Social and Cultural Studies of Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8441 - Women in Science: Historical Perspectives (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8900 - Seminar: History of Early Physical Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8910 - Seminar: History of Modern Physical Sciences (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8920 - Seminar: History of Biological Sciences (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8930 - Seminar: History of Technology (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8940 - Seminar: History of Science and Technology in the Americas (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8950 - Seminar: Science and Technology in Cultural Settings (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8993 - Directed Studies (1.0-5.0 cr)
HSCI 8994 - Directed Research (1.0-5.0 cr)
MST 5011 - Museum History and Philosophy (3.0 cr)
MST 5012 - Museum Practices (3.0 cr)
MST 5020 - Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
Thesis Credits (24 credits)
Complete 24 credits after passing preliminary oral exam.
HMED 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
History of Science and Technology
Major Courses
Required (6 credits)
Complete the following courses.
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)
Additional Coursework (18 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select a minimum of 18 credits, including 3 credits in either HSCI 8993 or 8994.
HSCI 5211 - Biology and Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries [CIV] (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5242 - Navigating a Darwinian World (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5244 - Nature's History: Science, Humans, and the Environment (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5246 - History of (Un)Natural Disasters (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5331 - Technology and American Culture (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5332 - Science in the Shaping of America (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 5993 - Directed Studies (1.0-15.0 cr)
HSCI 8124 - Foundations for Research in Ancient Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8125 - Foundations for Research in the Scientific Revolution (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8131 - Industrial Revolutions (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8421 - Social and Cultural Studies of Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8441 - Women in Science: Historical Perspectives (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8830 - Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8900 - Seminar: History of Early Physical Science (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8910 - Seminar: History of Modern Physical Sciences (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8920 - Seminar: History of Biological Sciences (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8930 - Seminar: History of Technology (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8940 - Seminar: History of Science and Technology in the Americas (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8950 - Seminar: Science and Technology in Cultural Settings (3.0 cr)
HSCI 8993 - Directed Studies (1.0-5.0 cr)
HSCI 8994 - Directed Research (1.0-5.0 cr)
Outside Field Courses (6 credits)
In consultation with adviser, select a minimum of 6 credits from the following. Other courses may be approved by the director of graduate studies.
EMS 8100 - Workshop in Early Modern Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
EMS 8250 - Seminar in Early Modern Studies (3.0 cr)
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8940 - Topics in Asian History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8960 - Topics in History (1.0-4.0 cr)
HIST 8993 - Directed Study (1.0-16.0 cr)
HMED 5075 - Technology and Medicine in Modern America (3.0 cr)
HMED 5940 - Topics in the History of Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8002 - Foundations in the History of Modern Medicine, 1800-present (3.0 cr)
HMED 8135 - Disease and Debility in History (3.0 cr)
HMED 8220 - Seminar: Current Topics in the History of Medicine (3.0 cr)
HMED 8631 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
HMED 8632 - Directed Study (1.0-6.0 cr)
MST 5011 - Museum History and Philosophy (3.0 cr)
MST 5012 - Museum Practices (3.0 cr)
MST 5020 - Internship (1.0-6.0 cr)
Thesis Credits (24 credits)
Complete 24 credits after completing preliminary oral exam.
HSCI 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
 
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HMED 8112 - Historiography of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 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: 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 5075 - Technology and Medicine in Modern America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HMed 3075/HMed 5075
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
How technology came to medicine?s center-stage. Impact on medical practice, institutions, consumers, production of medical knowledge, professionalization, health policy, gender/race disparities in health care. prereq: instr consent
HMED 5940 - Topics in the History of Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Selected history of medicine topics not covered in regular courses.
HMED 8001 - Foundations in the History of Early Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of Western medicine, from professionalization of healing in Greco-Egyptian antiquity to association of postmortem pathology with disease and clinical movement of early 19th-century Paris.
HMED 8002 - Foundations in the History of Modern Medicine, 1800-present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of Western medicine in Europe and America, from the Paris School and pathological anatomy in early 19c France through germ theories of disease, bacteriological revolution, reform of medical education, pharmaceutical revolution, growth of biomed research establishment, and comparative health care delivery systems.
HMED 8135 - Disease and Debility in History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In this graduate seminar we will examine how concepts of disease and health have changed over time and across place. We?ll move from debates over the identity of the Black Death in 14th century Europe to the treatment of infectious diseases in Imperial China and colonial India, and to the contested diagnoses of AIDS and fetal alcohol syndrome in late 20th century United States. Along the way we?ll evaluate the different methodological approaches used by scholars to study the history of disease, and we?ll examine the ways in which social values, cultural assumptions, and political interests have shaped how diseases have been defined, experienced, and treated, and we?ll consider the role that diseases have played in the shaping of health care institutions, policies, and practices. At the same time, we?ll examine the processes of medicalization and demedicalization; colonialism, post-colonialism, and the politics of state-building; the ecological understandings of disease, environmentalism, and the politics of place; and the increasingly visible role of the politicized consumer and patient activist in late 20th century health care politics.
HMED 8220 - Seminar: Current Topics in the History of Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary. 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
HMED 8830 - Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical literature of topics common to history of science, technology, and medicine. prereq: instr consent
EMS 8100 - Workshop in Early Modern Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Lectures and workshops offered by various centers, departments, institutes, and libraries across disciplines on Twin Cities campus. Online reports and discussion. prereq: instr consent
EMS 8250 - Seminar in Early Modern Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Current research and debates in early modern studies. Theoretical approaches to major questions shaping seminar's subject matter.
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in U.S. history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: Grad or advanced undergrad student with instr consent
HIST 8940 - Topics in Asian History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work on tutorial basis. Guided individual reading or study. prereq: Grad student, instr consent
HSCI 5242 - Navigating a Darwinian World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3242/HSci 5242
Typically offered: Every Spring
In this course we grapple with the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution in the scientific community and beyond. We'll examine and engage the controversies that have surrounded this theory from its inception in the 19th century through its applications in the 21st. What made Darwin a Victorian celebrity, a religious scourge, an economic sage and a scientific hero? We'll look closely at the early intellectual influences on theory development; study the changing and dynamic relationship between science and religion; and critically analyze the application of Darwin's theory to questions of human nature and behavior.
HSCI 5244 - Nature's History: Science, Humans, and the Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3244/5244
Typically offered: Every Fall
We examine environmental ideas, sustainability, conservation history; critique of the human impact on nature; empire and power in the Anthropocene; how the science of ecology has developed; and modern environmental movements around the globe. Case studies include repatriation of endangered species; ecology and evolutionary theory; ecology of disease; and climate change.
HSCI 5246 - History of (Un)Natural Disasters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3246/HSci 5246
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires, epidemic disease, and technological failures. This course will examine large scale natural events in American and world history, the social, technological, and environmental conditions that underlie them, and their historical consequences. Human societies have long been embedded in physical landscapes where they are subject to specific environmental conditions and physical risks: eight thousand-year-old wall paintings in Turkey depict the eruption of Hasan Dag volcano over the city of Catal Huyuk, for example. But then and now, it takes a certain combination of social conditions and environmental events to create a natural disaster. In this course, we will use historical natural disasters to explore the interconnections between the structures and ideas of human society and environmental forces. Humans have not been simply the random victims of natural disasters; where and how they chose to live influenced the impact of any disastrous event. Examining these events in a historical context will help us see the social, technological, scientific, and environmental systems that have been constantly interacting, but which are normally taken for granted until they break down.
HSCI 5331 - Technology and American Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3331/5331
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of American technology in its cultural/intellectual context from 1790 to present. Transfer of technology to America. Establishment of an infrastructure promoting economic growth. Social response to technological developments.
HSCI 5332 - Science in the Shaping of America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3332/5332
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The British colonies of North America were founded in precisely the same centuries as a revolution in Europeanís understanding of nature, transformed by the ideas of Galileo, Newton, and Linnaeus and by the technologies of the industrial revolution. Native Americans and African Americans had their own knowledge of nature, and their close understanding intersected with the increasingly scientific techniques brought with European settlers and enhanced the survival and intellectual capacities of the newcomers. By demonstrating the diversity of scientists in the ever changing demographics of an immigrant nation, the course argues that this diversity and the capacities of newcomers contributed to the national success in science and engineering. The engagement with science at points were used to try to limit access by women or African-Americans, but sciences was also used to discredit false theories through ever expanding emphasis on empiricism as well as attention to the social and economic consequences of innovation. The goal is to demonstrate those historical linkages in particular places and institutions as they influenced and reinforced specific scientific work, while, at the same time, being attentive to how scientific ideas and practices were shaped by American culture.
HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3401/5401
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical issues involving ethics in science. Ethical problems posed by modern science/technology, including nuclear energy, chemical industry, and information technologies.
HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3421/HSci 5421
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Engineering ethics in historical context, including the rise of professional engineering societies; ethical problems in engineering research and engineers' public responsibility; ethical implications of advanced engineering systems such as the production of nuclear weapons; development of codes of ethics in engineering.
HSCI 5611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3611/HSci 5611
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Understanding the origins of our own culture of Modern Science in the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Newton's ambiguous legacy; science as wonder and spectacle; automata and monsters; early theories of sex and gender; empire and scientific expeditions; reshaping the environment; inventing human sciences; Frankenstein and the limits of science and reason.
HSCI 5993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -15.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8124 - Foundations for Research in Ancient Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Development of natural/mathematical science in ancient Near East and Classical Greece. prereq: Grad HSci major or minor or instr consent
HSCI 8125 - Foundations for Research in the Scientific Revolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Development of sciences/natural philosophy, 1500-1725. prereq: Grad HSci major or minor or instr consent
HSCI 8131 - Industrial Revolutions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Development of industrial society, from 1700 through 1850. Emphasizes developments in mechanical/engineering sciences. Scientific, economic, political, and social dimensions of industrialization.
HSCI 8421 - Social and Cultural Studies of Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Review of recent work; theoretical and methodological differences among practitioners; selected responses from historians and philosophers of science.
HSCI 8441 - Women in Science: Historical Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Key literature dealing with patterns of participation in science and medicine since the 18th century. The ways in which modern science is perceived to be gendered, particularly in its practice and in ways that seem to influence theory and applications. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8900 - Seminar: History of Early Physical Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of natural and mathematical science before 1800. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8910 - Seminar: History of Modern Physical Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of physical sciences since 1800. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8920 - Seminar: History of Biological Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of natural, biological, and medical sciences from Aristotle to the present. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8930 - Seminar: History of Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of technology from ancient times to the present. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8940 - Seminar: History of Science and Technology in the Americas
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of science and technology, emphasizing the United States and Canada. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8950 - Seminar: Science and Technology in Cultural Settings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of science and technology in or across specific geographic regions or particular cultures. prereq: instr consent
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
MST 5011 - Museum History and Philosophy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical and philosophical roots of museums and emerging philosophical issues faced by museums today - from art, history, science, and youth to living collections, living history sites, and historic houses. Field trips to area museums.
MST 5012 - Museum Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad student or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Practical aspects of museum work. Standards, practices, responsibilities, issues, all set in greater museum context. Curatorial/educational duties, collections management, security, funding, boards, public relations, installation, budgeting. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
MST 5020 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 32.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students arrange to perform a professional-level task in a museum of good standing under close supervision of a member of the museum's professional staff. Instructor must approve a work plan and report. prereq: 5011, 5012, dept consent
HMED 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
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: 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.
HSCI 5211 - Biology and Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3211/5211
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Changing conceptions of life and aims and methods of biology; changing relationships between biology and the physical and social sciences; broader intellectual and cultural dimensions of developments in biology.
HSCI 5242 - Navigating a Darwinian World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3242/HSci 5242
Typically offered: Every Spring
In this course we grapple with the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution in the scientific community and beyond. We'll examine and engage the controversies that have surrounded this theory from its inception in the 19th century through its applications in the 21st. What made Darwin a Victorian celebrity, a religious scourge, an economic sage and a scientific hero? We'll look closely at the early intellectual influences on theory development; study the changing and dynamic relationship between science and religion; and critically analyze the application of Darwin's theory to questions of human nature and behavior.
HSCI 5244 - Nature's History: Science, Humans, and the Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3244/5244
Typically offered: Every Fall
We examine environmental ideas, sustainability, conservation history; critique of the human impact on nature; empire and power in the Anthropocene; how the science of ecology has developed; and modern environmental movements around the globe. Case studies include repatriation of endangered species; ecology and evolutionary theory; ecology of disease; and climate change.
HSCI 5246 - History of (Un)Natural Disasters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3246/HSci 5246
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires, epidemic disease, and technological failures. This course will examine large scale natural events in American and world history, the social, technological, and environmental conditions that underlie them, and their historical consequences. Human societies have long been embedded in physical landscapes where they are subject to specific environmental conditions and physical risks: eight thousand-year-old wall paintings in Turkey depict the eruption of Hasan Dag volcano over the city of Catal Huyuk, for example. But then and now, it takes a certain combination of social conditions and environmental events to create a natural disaster. In this course, we will use historical natural disasters to explore the interconnections between the structures and ideas of human society and environmental forces. Humans have not been simply the random victims of natural disasters; where and how they chose to live influenced the impact of any disastrous event. Examining these events in a historical context will help us see the social, technological, scientific, and environmental systems that have been constantly interacting, but which are normally taken for granted until they break down.
HSCI 5331 - Technology and American Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3331/5331
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of American technology in its cultural/intellectual context from 1790 to present. Transfer of technology to America. Establishment of an infrastructure promoting economic growth. Social response to technological developments.
HSCI 5332 - Science in the Shaping of America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3332/5332
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The British colonies of North America were founded in precisely the same centuries as a revolution in Europeanís understanding of nature, transformed by the ideas of Galileo, Newton, and Linnaeus and by the technologies of the industrial revolution. Native Americans and African Americans had their own knowledge of nature, and their close understanding intersected with the increasingly scientific techniques brought with European settlers and enhanced the survival and intellectual capacities of the newcomers. By demonstrating the diversity of scientists in the ever changing demographics of an immigrant nation, the course argues that this diversity and the capacities of newcomers contributed to the national success in science and engineering. The engagement with science at points were used to try to limit access by women or African-Americans, but sciences was also used to discredit false theories through ever expanding emphasis on empiricism as well as attention to the social and economic consequences of innovation. The goal is to demonstrate those historical linkages in particular places and institutions as they influenced and reinforced specific scientific work, while, at the same time, being attentive to how scientific ideas and practices were shaped by American culture.
HSCI 5401 - Ethics in Science and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3401/5401
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical issues involving ethics in science. Ethical problems posed by modern science/technology, including nuclear energy, chemical industry, and information technologies.
HSCI 5421 - Engineering Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3421/HSci 5421
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Engineering ethics in historical context, including the rise of professional engineering societies; ethical problems in engineering research and engineers' public responsibility; ethical implications of advanced engineering systems such as the production of nuclear weapons; development of codes of ethics in engineering.
HSCI 5611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HSci 3611/HSci 5611
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Understanding the origins of our own culture of Modern Science in the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Newton's ambiguous legacy; science as wonder and spectacle; automata and monsters; early theories of sex and gender; empire and scientific expeditions; reshaping the environment; inventing human sciences; Frankenstein and the limits of science and reason.
HSCI 5993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -15.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8124 - Foundations for Research in Ancient Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Development of natural/mathematical science in ancient Near East and Classical Greece. prereq: Grad HSci major or minor or instr consent
HSCI 8125 - Foundations for Research in the Scientific Revolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Development of sciences/natural philosophy, 1500-1725. prereq: Grad HSci major or minor or instr consent
HSCI 8131 - Industrial Revolutions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Development of industrial society, from 1700 through 1850. Emphasizes developments in mechanical/engineering sciences. Scientific, economic, political, and social dimensions of industrialization.
HSCI 8421 - Social and Cultural Studies of Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Review of recent work; theoretical and methodological differences among practitioners; selected responses from historians and philosophers of science.
HSCI 8441 - Women in Science: Historical Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Key literature dealing with patterns of participation in science and medicine since the 18th century. The ways in which modern science is perceived to be gendered, particularly in its practice and in ways that seem to influence theory and applications. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8830 - Topics in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical literature of topics common to history of science, technology, and medicine. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8900 - Seminar: History of Early Physical Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of natural and mathematical science before 1800. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8910 - Seminar: History of Modern Physical Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of physical sciences since 1800. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8920 - Seminar: History of Biological Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of natural, biological, and medical sciences from Aristotle to the present. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8930 - Seminar: History of Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of technology from ancient times to the present. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8940 - Seminar: History of Science and Technology in the Americas
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of science and technology, emphasizing the United States and Canada. prereq: instr consent
HSCI 8950 - Seminar: Science and Technology in Cultural Settings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
For advanced graduate students; topics in development of science and technology in or across specific geographic regions or particular cultures. prereq: instr consent
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
EMS 8100 - Workshop in Early Modern Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Lectures and workshops offered by various centers, departments, institutes, and libraries across disciplines on Twin Cities campus. Online reports and discussion. prereq: instr consent
EMS 8250 - Seminar in Early Modern Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Current research and debates in early modern studies. Theoretical approaches to major questions shaping seminar's subject matter.
HIST 5910 - Topics in U.S. History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected topics in U.S. history not covered in regular courses. Taught as staffing permits. prereq: Grad or advanced undergrad student with instr consent
HIST 8940 - Topics in Asian History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8960 - Topics in History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics not covered in regular courses.
HIST 8993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work on tutorial basis. Guided individual reading or study. prereq: Grad student, instr consent
HMED 5075 - Technology and Medicine in Modern America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HMed 3075/HMed 5075
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
How technology came to medicine?s center-stage. Impact on medical practice, institutions, consumers, production of medical knowledge, professionalization, health policy, gender/race disparities in health care. prereq: instr consent
HMED 5940 - Topics in the History of Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Selected history of medicine topics not covered in regular courses.
HMED 8002 - Foundations in the History of Modern Medicine, 1800-present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of Western medicine in Europe and America, from the Paris School and pathological anatomy in early 19c France through germ theories of disease, bacteriological revolution, reform of medical education, pharmaceutical revolution, growth of biomed research establishment, and comparative health care delivery systems.
HMED 8135 - Disease and Debility in History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In this graduate seminar we will examine how concepts of disease and health have changed over time and across place. We?ll move from debates over the identity of the Black Death in 14th century Europe to the treatment of infectious diseases in Imperial China and colonial India, and to the contested diagnoses of AIDS and fetal alcohol syndrome in late 20th century United States. Along the way we?ll evaluate the different methodological approaches used by scholars to study the history of disease, and we?ll examine the ways in which social values, cultural assumptions, and political interests have shaped how diseases have been defined, experienced, and treated, and we?ll consider the role that diseases have played in the shaping of health care institutions, policies, and practices. At the same time, we?ll examine the processes of medicalization and demedicalization; colonialism, post-colonialism, and the politics of state-building; the ecological understandings of disease, environmentalism, and the politics of place; and the increasingly visible role of the politicized consumer and patient activist in late 20th century health care politics.
HMED 8220 - Seminar: Current Topics in the History of Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary. 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
MST 5011 - Museum History and Philosophy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical and philosophical roots of museums and emerging philosophical issues faced by museums today - from art, history, science, and youth to living collections, living history sites, and historic houses. Field trips to area museums.
MST 5012 - Museum Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Grad student or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Practical aspects of museum work. Standards, practices, responsibilities, issues, all set in greater museum context. Curatorial/educational duties, collections management, security, funding, boards, public relations, installation, budgeting. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
MST 5020 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 32.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students arrange to perform a professional-level task in a museum of good standing under close supervision of a member of the museum's professional staff. Instructor must approve a work plan and report. prereq: 5011, 5012, dept consent
HSCI 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required