The major in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health (HSHM) requires twelve term courses, including the two-term senior requirement. Students select a pathway of seven courses that guides them through an area of specialization. The seven pathway courses must include two courses in HSHM; one seminar numbered 100 or above in HSHM or History; one science course; and three electives chosen from relevant courses in any department.
The five standard pathways in the major are: medicine and public health; global health; science, technology, and society; gender, reproduction, and the body; and media, knowledge, and visual cultures. Students may also design a custom pathway in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. No later than the beginning of the junior year, students in the major must select a standard pathway or indicate that they will design their own.
Beyond the seven pathway courses, students must complete three additional electives in HSHM. One of the electives must be a seminar, and one must be chosen from a pathway other than the one selected for the major. All courses for the major are chosen in collaboration with the student’s advisor.