HIST 295
Technology and Science in American Culture Fall 2014
Division II
Cross-listed HSCI 240 / HIST 295
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Although technologically dependent, the American colonies slowly built a network of native scientists and inventors whose skills helped shape the United States’ response to the Industrial Revolution. The interaction of science, technology, and society in the nineteenth century did much to form American identity: the machine in the garden, through the “American System of Manufactures” helped America rise to technological prominence; the professionalization and specialization of science and engineering led to their becoming vital national resources. Understanding these developments, as well as the heroic age of American invention (1865-1914), forms the focus of this course: how science and technology have helped shape modern American life.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, six short reports (2-3 pages), and two hour exams
Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HSCI 240 Division II HIST 295 Division II
Attributes: ENVP SC-B Group Electives
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
SCST Elective Courses

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