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  1. #1 Why no Science/Medical History degree? 
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    I'm a history student who has become tired of all the subjects the history classes I take revolve around. They always revolve around politics, military & religion. This is when I realized that at most schools you can choose between the following degrees:

    Art History/Music History - For people interested in art but not necessarily good at it.

    American History - For people interested soley in U.S. history.

    History - General

    History - Legal - For people interested in law but don't want to become lawyers or judges

    History - Religion - For people interested in religious history (normally American only)

    Yet with all of these history fields no schools (that I know of) have a history of medicine, history of physics/astronomy, history of biology/medicine, history of chemistry, history computers or anything in the history field of science and technology.

    I've become increasingly interested in science from a "outside" point of view, but aren't good enough at it to become a scientist. As a result I find myself lost in deciding what to do with my life.

    Why do you think there isn't history of science/technology degrees & what degree would be the best for a social science student who has a big interest in science & computers? Also, do you know of any schools that might have a history of science/medicine or technology degree?


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    Fifteen seconds of googling produced this:

    Brown University has a program in the History of Mathematics. [1]
    Carleton University Ottawa offer courses in Ancient Science and Technology in its Technology, Society and Environment program
    Case Western Reserve University has an undergraduate interdisciplinary program in the History and Philosophy of Science [2] and a graduate program in the History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine (STEM) [3].
    Georgia Institute of Technology has an undergraduate and graduate program in the History of Technology and Society. [4]
    Harvard has a large undergraduate and graduate program in History of Science, and is one of the largest departments currently in the world. [5]
    Indiana University offers undergraduate courses and a masters and PhD program in the History and Philosophy of Science. [6]
    Johns Hopkins University has an undergraduate and graduate program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. [7]
    Linköpings universitet, Sweden, has a Science, Technology, and Society program which includes HST. [8]
    The London Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine - this Centre was formed in 1987 and runs a postgraduate programme which is jointly administered and taught by Imperial College London, University College London, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. [9]
    MIT has a Science, Technology, and Society program which includes HST. [10]
    Princeton University has a program in the History of Science. [11]
    Stanford has a History and Philosophy of Science and Technology program. [12]
    Stevens Institute of Technology has an undergraduate and graduate program in the History of Science.
    UC Berkeley offers a graduate degree in HST through its History program, and maintains a separate sub-department for the field. [13]
    UCLA has a relatively large group History of Science and Medicine faculty and graduate students within its History department, and also offers an undergraduate minor in the History of Science. [14]
    University College London has an undergraduate programme in History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies. A postgraduate programme is offered through the London Centre. [15] UCL also contains The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine which runs a postgraduate programme. [16]
    University of Bristol has a masters and PhD program in the Philosophy and History of Science. [17]
    University of Cambridge has an undergraduate course and a large masters and PhD program in the History and Philosophy of Science (including the History of Medicine). [18]
    University of Durham, UK, has a 1st year History of Science module in the Philosophy department. [19]
    University of Florida has a Graduate Program in 'History of Science, Technology, and Medicine' at the University of Florida provides undergraduate and graduate degrees. [20]
    University of King's College has a History of Science and Technology Program.[21]
    University of Leeds has both undergraduate and graduate programmes in History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy. [22]
    University of Oklahoma has an undergraduate minor and a graduate degree program in History of Science. [23]
    University of Oxford has a one-year graduate course in 'History of Science: Instruments, Museums, Science, Technology' associated with the Museum of the History of Science. [24]
    University of Pennsylvania has a program in history and sociology of Science. [25]
    University of Toronto has a program in history and philosophy of Science and Technology. [26]
    University of Wisconsin-Madison has a program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. [27]
    Utrecht University has a program in History and Philosophy of Science. [28]
    Yale University has a program in the History of Medicine and Science. [29]

    Copyright of the above list resides with Wikipedia.
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History...and_technology

    If you go to the original article each item is linked to more information on the specific course.


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    15 seconds?

    Thanks for the info, I plan to check out everyone of them... i'm sure I can afford at least a few 8) Much appreciated.

    Edit: I live right by Ohio, i'm thinking about getting a BA in history with a minor in Physics then going to Case Western for their STEM (History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine) program. Whether or not i'll be able to get work as a history of science professor is unknown, but if I do at least i'll be doing something I really like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jelx
    15 seconds?
    Yes. Here's a rough breakdown.
    Call up google from shortcut 2 seconds
    Type in query "history of science" degree 3.5 seconds
    Wait for google to load 1 second
    Scan first site summary 1.5 seconds
    Open it 1 second
    Wait for site to open 1.5 seconds
    Scroll down page 1.5 seconds
    Scan list, simultaneously deciding it met your needs 2 seconds

    Total time: 14 seconds.

    Life is too short to waste.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jelx
    but if I do at least i'll be doing something I really like.
    This is really smart. If you do something you like, you will do it well. If you do it well you will be recognised for the quality of what you do. This will ensure that you get the best opportunities in that field and the best rewards that are available to you. And on top of all that - you are doing something you enjoy.
    Good luck with it.
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    i suppose , one reason why you might find it hard, is because science is the study of everything. life, ect.
    and its basis is really focased on discovery? so the future

    although its evident, that there are. a lot out there!

    good luck
    Stumble on through life.
    Feel free to correct any false information, which unknown to me, may be included in my posts. (also - let this be a disclaimer)
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