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History of Science Minor

History of Science examines the emergence and development of scientific enterprise and how science and technology shape our lives. The skills you gain through the study of history of science allows you to analyze and interpret evidence and evaluate how scientific knowledge and practice have changed over time.

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Program Overview

Any undergraduate can minor in the History of Science. The minor provides valuable perspectives for those majoring in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Careful training in research, writing, critical reading, and interpretation makes history of science minors attractive to a great number of employers who value those abilities.

Why Study the History of Science at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty devoted to teaching, scholarship, and mentoring. You 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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Location & Format

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

  • 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

You will work with an advisor to select additional courses from humanities, social science and science departments. Independent studies are encouraged. History of Science is not a teachable minor.

For More Information

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

Admissions and Recruitment Office