Biological and the Social Sciences in Modern World
(Professors Hale, Heyck, Moon, Pandora and Weldon)
There is a diverse set of interests among the modern faculty in relation to the biological and social sciences, which includes approaches that range from intellectual histories, biography, and disciplinary studies to technology and science studies to cultural histories that incorporate literary perspectives, popular culture, and mass media. Particularly strong focal points are: evolution; natural history; environmental studies; colonialism; questions regarding the convergence of the biological, the social and the technological; interdisciplinarity in the social sciences; politics; religion; and the cold war period. Related expertise in environmental studies in the Department of History and elsewhere on campus complement these emphases, as do the interests of particular faculty in the biological and social sciences. Beyond the History of Science Collections, university resources include the hosting of the state’s biological and archeological surveys, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and holdings related to nature and the American West and Native American Studies in the Western History Collections and in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.