Joseph N. Tatarewicz
B.A., Towson University, 1972; M.A., The Catholic University of America, 1976; MA., Indiana University 1981; Ph.D., 1984
Human Context of Science and Technology Committee
B.S., University of Virginia, 1963; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1967
B.A., Wittenberg University, 1963; M.A., Brandeis University, 1965; Ph.D., 1968
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1991; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1999
Phillip S. Sokolove
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1964; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969
Lynn C. Sparling
B.S., University of New Mexico, 1976; M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1980; Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1987
M.S., Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary), 1974; Ph.D., 1978
Courses in this program are listed under HCST.
For students in the humanities and social sciences, the Human Context of Science and Technology Certificate complements the student’s major and provides a core of foundational courses in one of the areas of science or engineering that will provide the technical background allowing them to integrate humanistic and scientific learning. The program provides students in the sciences and engineering with a broad-based education that will equip them to understand the cultural setting and societal impact of their future work.
To assist students in their future careers, whether in business, engineering, education, writing or in the arts, the certificate provides a bridge connecting the cultural life of the humanities and the sciences. In an era when individuals change careers with some frequency, it also provides avenues into a number of different areas of knowledge.
Career and Academic Paths
This program is suitable for and accessible to students of all abilities, particularly those with serious interests in both the humanities and the sciences. Sometimes the choice may be a matter of emphasis. Does a student want to be a physicist with an interest in archaeology, or an archaeologist with training in physics? Sometimes the choice is more dramatic. If a student is interested in biology, would he or she be better served by pursuing an M.D., or a degree in the new field of medical humanities? Sometimes the choice may be more market-driven. With the current high demand for teachers of mathematics and science in elementary and secondary schools, students who excel in the skills of communication so essential to the humanities might be drawn to complete more years of training in science and technology-related fields than they otherwise might have. It is also true that in the Baltimore-Washington area, with its emphasis on public affairs, students with both technical and humanistic knowledge are often preferred by employers over those students whose education is more limited. In short, HCST is important to any individual who wishes to understand the human dimensions of science and technology, or the technical and scientific dimensions of his or her humanity.
CoursesHuman Context Science & Technology