History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Major and Minor

This discipline combines studies of the develop­ments in science, medicine, and technology with an awareness of their cultural impact. By developing a strong background in science, as well as learning about the historical developments of science and technology, students are suited to understand the roots of modern interpretations and developments in these fields, and consider how to represent and exhibit the influential scientists, movements, and important discoveries.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

This major provides unique perspectives on sci­ence, medicine, technology, and the humanities. 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, including teaching, journalism, law, public policy, business, and museums, in which an understanding of the impact of science is important. Students take courses in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, complementing courses 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.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • A 100-200 level course in the department (AS.140.1xx or AS.140.2xx)
  • Course(s) in the natural sciences
  • Elective H or S course
  • Additional elective
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set

The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology:

  • Writing and orally presenting information
  • Analyzing ideas and information
  • Understanding the progression of ideas over time
  • Interviewing, examining evidence, and drawing conclusions

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