Over the last four years, the department has been working hard to develop our brand-new major in the history of science, technology, and medicine that received approval from the Regents in summer 2011! We began enrolling majors this fall, and invite you to look over the checksheet and learn more about how the major can work for you. Contact our academic advisor, Ms. Stella Graves Stuart, to explore your options!
We invite you to take a look at the major requirements, which we think provide a firm overall structure, while maintaining flexibility for customization and creativity in individual approaches. Much of the groundwork entailed extensive revising of our roster of undergraduate courses and pilot-testing new offerings. We've reorganized the overall structure to make it easier to be introduced to the history of science, technology and medicine -- for example, by providing more opportunities at the lower-division level. This is especially true of the introductory freshman course (hsci 1003) that allows you to sample a variety of topics in hsci/tech/med early in your schedule. Even if you're not thinking of earning a major or a double major, more lower-division offerings also make it easier to earn a minor while you fulfill your gen ed requirements. At the upper-division level we've enhanced your ability to integrate themes and interests that are important to you by augmenting our core courses with freshly-designed opportunities to dig into hsci/med/tech from broadened perspectives, including courses that take a global perspective and that meet the non-western gen ed requirement.
We're still assessing our full list of classes and adding to it, while also innovating in terms of new formats such as summer abroad courses, hybrid courses and more. We'll take you behind-the-scenes here on the teaching blog, by sharing with you our plans as we work to strengthen our reach to the entire campus, and to students with a wide variety of goals and experiences. Drop us an email and let us know what you think -- we look forward to hearing your comments!
-- Katherine Pandora
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