History of Science & Technology
- Majors & Minors in the Humanities
- Africana Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Film & Media Studies
- History of Art
- History of Science & Technology
- Jewish Studies (minor)
- Latin American Studies
- Museums & Society (minor)
- Music (minor)
- Near Eastern Studies
- Romance Languages
- Theatre Arts & Studies (minor)
- Writing Seminars
- Research Opportunities
- Study Abroad
- Freshman Seminars
- Humanities Honors Program
- Interdisciplinary Study
History of science & technology provides unique perspectives on science, medicine, technology, and the humanities. Courses combine an appreciation of the developments in science, medicine, and technology with an awareness of their cultural impact. Faculty interests extend to such subjects as the history of architecture, the emergence of science cities, the iconography of science, science and exploration, and science and religion. The program offers a humanities major that meets all the requirements for premedical students. At the same time, it prepares students for a growing number of other careers in which an understanding of the impact of science is important, including teaching, journalism, law, public policy, business, and work in museums.
Overview of the Undergraduate Curriculum
Students take courses in the natural sciences, which complement those in the history of science, medicine, and technology. Internships in Washington, D.C., and an optional senior thesis allow students to get practical experience and explore topics in depth.
Students with a good academic record may write a senior thesis for honors credit. The writing of the thesis, which is undertaken in conjunction with a year-long research seminar, is done under close faculty supervision.
Many curators and research historians at the Smithsonian not only teach at Johns Hopkins, they also sponsor conferences and workshops and provide curatorial internship opportunities for history of science & technology majors.
Jennifer Alejo ‘13 works for the Johns Hopkins Department of Transplantation on a long-term study of living kidney donors. She contacts patients in order to investigate their medical histories and extract data from their medical records.
Students majoring in the history of science & technology have studied abroad in France and England.
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