University of Wisconsin–Madison

Seats still available in Hist Sci 202: Making Modern Science

With increased demand for History of Science 202: Making Modern Science, new sections have been added to give first- and second-year students enrollment availability.


This course surveys the development of STEM fields from the Scientific Revolution to the present and gives Humanities credit.  

Course Description:

History of Science 202: Making Modern Science
MW 09:55-10:45am
2650 Mosse Humanities

Welcome to Making Modern Science!  Considered as a professional activity, science and technology are relatively recent products of Western European culture. In this course, we will examine developments since the mid-seventeenth century that have brought about a dramatic change in the way we understand the world and our place in it. How can we best explain why the thing we call science began when and where it did? What forces formed it, and how – in turn – has it become a powerful agent in shaping modern life? Tackling these questions is a major historical challenge, one that will take us from the familiar and the local to the furthest extent of distant empires. We will not find all the answers. But we will learn a lot about the connections between commerce, manufacture, exploration, and war, changing conceptions of man’s place in nature, and our ability to control the world around us. And, in the process, we will come to a new understanding of the relationship between science, technology and society.

If students you’re advising are seeking a relevant 3-credit course that gives humanities credit, this might be an interesting option.  Here’s what previous students have said about the course: 

• “Relevant to just about every major”

• “Meaningful and applicable to real life”

• “Great analysis of science and society”

• “I now see the value in understanding science’s past and the impact it has on the future”

• “Informative and thought provoking”

• “Fun, enlightening, and easy to understand”