First-Year Focus

Welcome, first-years! Do you think you might be interested in the Science in Human Culture adjunct major or minor? Please read this page and peruse the other pages under the "undergraduate" tab on our website.

WHY STUDY SCIENCE IN HUMAN CULTURE?

The Science in Human Culture Program offers undergraduate students the choice of an adjunct major or a minor field where they can learn about the impact of science, medicine, and technology on society—and on their own lives.

WHO PARTICIPATES IN THIS PROGRAM?

The program welcomes students from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Many of our students are interested in careers in science or medicine, but many are simply interested in thinking about the history, politics, and ethics of science, technology, medicine, and the environment.

WHAT IS AN ADJUNCT MAJOR?

An adjunct major is a second major that you choose to take in addition to your primary major. Alternatively, you can minor in SHC.

HOW DO THE ADJUNCT MAJOR AND MINOR WORK?

SHC allows students to choose from a menu of courses and focus on topics of interest to them.

WHAT ARE GOOD CLASSES FOR FIRST-YEARS TO TAKE?

Please consider the 200-level classes that count toward the major and minor, including:

  • History 275-1: History of Early Modern Science and Medicine (17th and 18th centuries)
  • History 275-2: History of Modern Science and Medicine (19th and 20th centuries)
  • Humanities 220: Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (co-listed as Sociology 220)
  • Sociology 220: Health, Biomedicine, Culture, and Society (co-listed as Humanities 220)

Sometimes Freshman seminars count toward SHC. Please refer to our list of upcoming courses.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Please read the other pages on this website under the "undergraduate" tab or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. James Schwoch, j-schwoch@northwestern.edu, or SHC's program director, Prof. Helen Tilley at helen.tilley@northwestern.edu or shc-dir@northwestern.edu.

For general information about Weinberg College, go to the Weinberg College website.