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History of Science minor

Because new scientific theories by their very nature render earlier theories obsolete and worthless (at least to practicing scientists), interest in scientific history has been a relatively recent phenomenon.

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Program Overview

The history of science program offers you the opportunity to go beyond the accumulation of scientific facts and to gain an understanding of the historical roots of science and technology as well as the interaction between scientific history and social, literary, economic, and political history.

Why Study the History of Science at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty devoted to teaching, scholarship, and mentoring. Students are also supported by welcoming and knowledgeable staff members.
  • Research and internship opportunities.
  • Work with the Veterans History Project.
  • Get involved with student organizations including the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.
  • GVSU history graduates are accepted into top law schools and master's degree programs in history, museum studies, and library science.

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For More Information

Department of History
Mackinac Hall D-1-160
(616) 331-3298

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Location & Format

Classes for this certificate are on the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


A student choosing history of science as a minor program must complete 20 hours of study, including the following courses:

  • HSC 201 - The Scientific Revolution
  • HSC 202 - The Technological Revolution
  • HSC 399 - Readings in the History of Science

Additional related courses from other units may be included. Courses not regularly offered may be available through independent study. Such a minor is not recognized as a "teachable minor."