What follows below is a sketch (as of 3/31/2010) of the Proposal for a Major in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine that the department will submit for consideration by the OU Regents.
Please note the following two points: 1) that this is a draft, and changes may still be made to items in this overview; and 2) that this is currently in the submission stage, and that no decision has yet been made on the proposal beyond the departmental level.
In addition to the overview below, we also have links here to examples of what a general pathway through the major looks like, or one where a student might focus on biology, medicine and society, or technology and society, or classic themes in history of science. Of course, even more individualized pathways are possible: it's up to you! See our roster of courses.
:: History of Science, Technology,
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& Medicine Major :: Overview
Total number of hours required for degree: 120 hours
Number of hours in general education: 50 hours
Number of hours in degree program core: 36 hours
Number of hours in free electives: 34 hours
The BA in history of science, technology and medicine includes 36 hours of required courses in the field:
• at least twenty-one hours must be at the upper-division level;
• six hours of coursework may be taught in other departments (e.g. courses in the Honors College) with prior written approval by the undergraduate advisor
While the specific courses allow considerable flexibility to design concentrations in one of the three areas of the program (science, technology or medicine) or historical period (pre-modern or modern), the degree requirements include:
• at least one global/non-Western history of science course;
• at least one course focused on the period before 1750;
• at least one course focused on the period since 1750;
• at least one survey course in two of the three areas defining the program (science, technology, and medicine)
• the capstone seminar [included in the required 21 upper-division hours]
Currently, the department has created 24 courses (1 at the 1000-level, 9 at the 2000-level, 14 at the 3000-level) that fulfill the requirements of the major.
HSCI 1003 provides a broad introduction to historical investigations of science, technology and medicine. The 2000-level courses build upon this foundation to provide opportunities to explore the field through different approaches, including biography, the medium of popular culture, the interrelationship of science and religion, and social and ethical perspectives. 3000-level courses offer greater focus, both in the historical period of investigation and the topical issues within the discipline, and prepare the student to undertake original research projects, leading eventually to the capstone (HSCI 4993) experience. Regardless of whether the student goes on to graduate study in the history of science, technology and medicine or another career track, this developmental path assures a solid foundation on which to build and the opportunity to pursue independent and original investigations.
Admission to the BA in history of science, technology and medicine program is based on the standards for admission established by the College of Arts and Sciences, which include: 1. declaration of intent to pursue the major in history of science, technology and medicine; 2. at least a 2.0 combined retention grade point average on all college level work attempted; and 3. at least 24 hours of earned college credit.
Satisfactory Progress towards Completion is assessed each semester. Students in the BA program in history of science, technology and medicine will be placed on enrollment contract if they fall below the minimum requirements for good standing in the College of Arts and Sciences, that is, if his or her OU and/or Combined GPA falls below a 2.00. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 is required for graduation and conferral of the Bachelor of Arts in history of science, technology and medicine. A grade of C [2.00] or better must be earned in any course that is used to satisfy the hours in the major.