The University of Oklahoma helped pioneer the professional study of the history of science in American universities. Building on a long tradition of talented faculty, creative and dedicated graduate students and outstanding research facilities, the History of Science Program prepares students for professional careers in university teaching and research as well as library and curatorial positions. History of Science at OU explores the role of science, technology and medicine in society while providing the skills necessary for focused concentration on specific topics. The department offers special fellowships in support of graduate study, lively interaction with visiting scholars through the endowed Mellon Fellowship Program, and innovative teaching within an intimate community of scholars.
This part of our website is designed to provide both prospective and current students with answers to questions about the graduate program and the department in general. Under Areas of Study, you will find general fields within the history of science in which the department is especially strong; nevertheless, the graduate program encourages each student to design doctoral fields that uniquely address individual interests. Application Information and Application Checklist provide specific information about preparing a successful application, and Funding your Graduate Education explains resources available through the department and the university to help our students with assistantships, fellowships, and financial aid. Professional Development/Placement provides information about department programs to help students launch professional careers and our record of placement of alumni. The History of Science Association is the graduate student organization of the department, which among other things produces Hydra, the Online Graduate Journal for the History of Science.