University of Wisconsin–Madison

Welcome, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology!

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Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (HSMT) becomes a field of study and a degree program in the Department of History. Joining us are faculty and graduate students from the former Department of History of Science (later, Science, Medicine, and Technology), which was founded in 1941 as the first separate history of science department at an American university.

The Department of History is now home to two graduate degree programs—the M.A./Ph.D. in History and the M.A./Ph.D. in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. Graduate applicants wishing to focus their studies in the history of science, medicine, and technology have two options: the degree program in HSMT, in which they earn an M.A./Ph.D. in HSMT, or the History degree program, with HSMT as the primary field of study. We also offer an M.A. in the History of Medicine for health care professionals as well as a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree through the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Medical Scientist Training Program and the HSMT degree program.

The undergraduate major in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology has been suspended. Interested students should consult Undergraduate History Advisor Scott Burkhardt about ways in which the history major can be completed with coursework in history of science, medical history, and the history of technology.