Undergraduate Courses

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The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found on the Student Information Services (SIS) website.

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History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (01)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Fissell, Mary E
  • Room: Hodson 210
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Science: Antiquity To Renaissance
AS.140.301 (01)

The first part of a three-part survey of the history of science. This course deals with the origins, practice, ideas, and cultural role of scientific thought in Graeco-Roman, Arabic/Islamic, and Medieval Latin/Christian societies. Interactions across cultures and among science, art, technology, and theology are highlighted.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Ferrario, Gabriele, Principe, Lawrence
  • Room: Hodson 313
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/12
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Science: Antiquity To Renaissance
AS.140.301 (02)

The first part of a three-part survey of the history of science. This course deals with the origins, practice, ideas, and cultural role of scientific thought in Graeco-Roman, Arabic/Islamic, and Medieval Latin/Christian societies. Interactions across cultures and among science, art, technology, and theology are highlighted.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Ferrario, Gabriele, Principe, Lawrence
  • Room: Hodson 313
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/12
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (06)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Fissell, Mary E
  • Room:  
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Freshmen Seminar: Techno-ethics
AS.140.177 (01)

We are all familiar with bio-ethics: dealing with living subjects is an enterprise prone to ethically questionable practices, and we have learned the hard way to raise the ethical questions regarding biomedical projects. But what about technology? Can technology be unethical? Sure, one can design technologies of pain and destruction, or simply ignore regulations and make unsafe products—those technologies would be unquestionably unethical. But what if somebody comes up with new technology with the best intentions in mind? Could those technologies be ethically unsound? In addition to learning the skills required in college, academia, and professional world, the freshman seminar on Techno-ethics will explore the ethical issues involved in technological designs. Students will learn how to identify groups of people who could be harmed by technologies, how to detect factors that may result in unethical use of technologies, and how to pay attention to social dynamics that could turn even useful technologies into a nightmare.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Frumer, Yulia
  • Room: Krieger Laverty
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/14
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (04)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Fissell, Mary E
  • Room: Hodson 210
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (02)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Fissell, Mary E
  • Room: Hodson 210
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (05)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Fissell, Mary E
  • Room:  
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Science: Antiquity To Renaissance
AS.140.301 (03)

The first part of a three-part survey of the history of science. This course deals with the origins, practice, ideas, and cultural role of scientific thought in Graeco-Roman, Arabic/Islamic, and Medieval Latin/Christian societies. Interactions across cultures and among science, art, technology, and theology are highlighted.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Ferrario, Gabriele, Principe, Lawrence
  • Room: Hodson 313
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/12
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Technology and Global Health
AS.140.162 (01)

This course explores the intersection of technology and health through three main phases in the history of global health: colonial medicine from the 19th century to the mid-20th century, international health in the post-World War II era, and global health from the late 20th century to the present day. Through background lectures and seminar discussions, students will consider how technologies for health are designed, developed, distributed, used, and discarded. We will ask questions such as: How and why were certain technologies chosen over others? How and why has the use of technology in international health programs changed over time? How have medical technologies been transferred between geographic, social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental contexts? This course is a first year seminar, designed to develop students’ understanding of how to conduct historical scholarship.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Morefield, Heidi Anna
  • Room:  
  • Status: Canceled
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

History of Medicine
AS.140.105 (03)

Course provides an overview of the medical traditions of six ancient cultures; the development of Greek and Islamic traditions in Europe; and the reform and displacement of the Classical traditions during the Scientific Revolution.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Fissell, Mary E
  • Room: Hodson 210
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Ecology, Health, and the Environment
AS.140.311 (01)

Explores diverse problems linking ecological, environmental and public health themes, with focus on Chesapeake region. Students’ research projects can be outside Chesapeake region.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Kingsland, Sharon E
  • Room: Gilman 300
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/12
  • PosTag(s): GECS-SOCSCI, ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Heredity, Eugenics, and Society
AS.140.394 (01)

In this course, we will examine the ways in which concepts of the gene, heredity, and innateness have both shaped and been shaped by society over the last two-plus centuries. Topics under discussion may include: eugenics, biological determinism, scientific racism, human breeding programs, genetics and gender, genetics and intelligence, genetic engineering including CRISPR, assisted reproductive technologies, sociogenomics, and polygenic risk scores. Term paper. AS.140.106 recommended.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Comfort, Nathaniel
  • Room: Maryland 109
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/30
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Earth Stewardship: A History of Environmentalism in the Atomic Age
AS.140.417 (01)

Explores the history of environmentalism and the roots of modern concepts of sustainability, resilience, and Earth Stewardship. Focuses especially on problems emerging after 1945. Students will do research projects, with options for doing traditional expository writing or a creative arts project.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Kingsland, Sharon E
  • Room: Gilman 300
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/12
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Experimental Bodies: Histories of Human Subjects Research in the 19th and 20th Centuries
AS.140.314 (01)

This course traces the history of human subjects research as a medical and scientific practice. It will focus on the human subjects themselves, and how their experiences intersect with the histories of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Nuriddin, Ayah
  • Room: Gilman 300
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Senior Research Seminar
AS.140.411 (01)

For majors pursuing independent research.

  • Credits: 2.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times:
  • Instructor: Mercelis, Joris Hans Angele
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Technology and the Making of the Modern World
AS.140.393 (01)

This course critically examines the role of technology in some of the main developments that have shaped the modern world, ranging from industrialization and globalization processes to the rise of new political ideologies and gender patterns. This course is co-taught by an instructor from the Smithsonian Institution and will include a public history research project.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Mercelis, Joris Hans Angele, Molella, Arthur
  • Room: Gilman 377
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/19
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Ladies in the Laboratory: Science and Gender in U.S. History
AS.140.380 (01)

Why has science historically been so dominated by men? Why is this still true for many STEM fields today? We will explore the answers to these questions in this course, as well as look at a broader history of women and gender in science in the United States. Because education continues to be crucial in pushing people into or out of scientific careers, this course will also feature a large focus on K-12, college, and graduate science education.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Behrman, Joanna F
  • Room: Gilman 300
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Knowledge City: from Silicon Valley to Bloomberg’s New York
AS.140.401 (01)

This seminar will explore the increasingly productive relationship between research universities and urban and regional development in the period after World War II to the present. Working with the faculty, participants will be expected to develop a research paper. Discussion, presentations, lectures.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Kargon, Robert H
  • Room: Gilman 217
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Man vs. Machine: Resistance to New Technology since the Industrial Revolution
AS.140.356 (01)

This course analyzes different episodes of “luddism” in the history of science and technology, from the destruction of textile machinery in the early 1800s up to recent controversies about biotechnology and ICT.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:20PM
  • Instructor: Mercelis, Joris Hans Angele
  • Room: Krieger 302
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/13
  • PosTag(s): GECS-SOCSCI

Prosthetics and Technologies of Disability
AS.140.395 (01)

The purpose of prosthetics seems to be fairly straightforward—to restore function that was lost due to the loss of a body part. According to this logic, the quality of prosthetics is measured in its ability to replicate lost human function and restore individuals with disabilities to normalcy. And indeed, numerous disability technologies enrich the experience of individuals in need of them. At the same time, these very technologies are often perceived as a marker of something abnormal, or, by the nature of their design prove to be an obstacle for mobility and access. Therefore, as much as prosthetics and other technologies of disabilities improve the quality of life, they also led to stigmatization, marginalization, and exclusion. By looking at prosthetics and disability in a variety of historical contexts, we will learn what kind of ideas of ‘normalcy’ they reflect, and how they shape the experience of individuals who use them.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Frumer, Yulia
  • Room: Gilman 300
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/16
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The University and Society
AS.190.471 (01)

In the 20th century, American universities became the envy of the world, leading in most categories of scholarly productivity and attracting students from every nation. In recent years, though, American higher education has come to face a number of challenges including rapidly rising costs, administrative bloat, corporatization and moocification. We will examine the problems and promises of American higher education, the political struggles within the university and the place of the university in the larger society. Upper classes and Grad Students only.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Ginsberg, Benjamin, Kargon, Robert H
  • Room: Gilman 381
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-AP

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.140.105 (01)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMFissell, Mary EHodson 210MSCH-HUM
AS.140.301 (01)History of Science: Antiquity To RenaissanceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFerrario, Gabriele, Principe, LawrenceHodson 313MSCH-HUM
AS.140.301 (02)History of Science: Antiquity To RenaissanceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFerrario, Gabriele, Principe, LawrenceHodson 313MSCH-HUM
AS.140.105 (06)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFissell, Mary E MSCH-HUM
AS.140.177 (01)Freshmen Seminar: Techno-ethicsTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMFrumer, YuliaKrieger Laverty
AS.140.105 (04)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFissell, Mary EHodson 210MSCH-HUM
AS.140.105 (02)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMFissell, Mary EHodson 210MSCH-HUM
AS.140.105 (05)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFissell, Mary E MSCH-HUM
AS.140.301 (03)History of Science: Antiquity To RenaissanceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMFerrario, Gabriele, Principe, LawrenceHodson 313MSCH-HUM
AS.140.162 (01)Technology and Global HealthTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMMorefield, Heidi Anna 
AS.140.105 (03)History of MedicineMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, F 10:00AM - 10:50AMFissell, Mary EHodson 210MSCH-HUM
AS.140.311 (01)Ecology, Health, and the EnvironmentTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMKingsland, Sharon EGilman 300GECS-SOCSCI, ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.140.394 (01)Heredity, Eugenics, and SocietyT 1:30PM - 4:00PMComfort, NathanielMaryland 109
AS.140.417 (01)Earth Stewardship: A History of Environmentalism in the Atomic AgeM 1:30PM - 4:00PMKingsland, Sharon EGilman 300ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.140.314 (01)Experimental Bodies: Histories of Human Subjects Research in the 19th and 20th CenturiesTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMNuriddin, AyahGilman 300
AS.140.411 (01)Senior Research SeminarMercelis, Joris Hans Angele 
AS.140.393 (01)Technology and the Making of the Modern WorldW 1:30PM - 4:00PMMercelis, Joris Hans Angele, Molella, ArthurGilman 377
AS.140.380 (01)Ladies in the Laboratory: Science and Gender in U.S. HistoryMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMBehrman, Joanna FGilman 300
AS.140.401 (01)The Knowledge City: from Silicon Valley to Bloomberg’s New YorkM 1:30PM - 4:00PMKargon, Robert HGilman 217
AS.140.356 (01)Man vs. Machine: Resistance to New Technology since the Industrial RevolutionM 3:00PM - 5:20PMMercelis, Joris Hans AngeleKrieger 302GECS-SOCSCI
AS.140.395 (01)Prosthetics and Technologies of DisabilityT 3:00PM - 5:30PMFrumer, YuliaGilman 300
AS.190.471 (01)The University and SocietyW 1:30PM - 4:00PMGinsberg, Benjamin, Kargon, Robert HGilman 381INST-AP