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Overview of the Program

Introduction

The UW-Madison Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology is one of the largest and oldest academic programs of its kind in the United States. Administered by the Department of the History of Science, and staffed by faculty from the departments of History of Science and Medical History & Bioethics, the program is known for the strength and diversity of its areas of study and its warm, collegial environment. All historical aspects of science, medicine, and technology receive attention - from their internal development to their broader social contexts, including their relationships with institutions, philosophy, religion, and literature.

Twelve participating faculty provide broad coverage of the field, with expertise that spans Europe, the United States, and non-Western areas from the Middle Ages to the recent past, and ranges across the physical, biological, and social sciences to medicine and technology. Faculty affiliates from other departments add further depth and research opportunities to our program.

Administrative Structure and Ties to Other Programs

The program is housed in the Department of the History of Science and staffed by faculty from that department and the Department of Medical History & Bioethics. Courses and seminars are taught by faculty members whose appointments are primarily in the Department of History of Science (in the college of Letters and Sciences) and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics (in the Medical School). All members of Medical History and Bioethics who participate in the Program are also appointed as full members of the Department of History of Science, and the program is administered through the Department of History of Science. Faculty and graduate students participate collectively in the governance and administrative life of the department

The History of Science, Medicine, and Technology program has close ties to a number of programs and departments that support our graduate studies. These include the Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and the Center for Culture, History and the Environment along with the departments of History, Philosophy, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction.

Our faculty members are also active in the Integrated Liberal Studies program, an interdisciplinary liberal education core curriculum and ever-changing set of special topics courses about Western history, philosophy, politics, art, literature, and culture.

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