History of Technology, Environment, and Medicine

This 12-credit, 4-course graduate certificate examines technology, environment, and medicine through the lens of history. Analysis of each issue's broad and overlapping historical origins, causes and patterns of development clarifies why these topics dominate so many conversations today. By putting the technology world in an historical context a clearer road map can emerge for ways to address and improve our common future.

This certificate will examine the historic evolution of technological and medical advancements in American culture and modern society. Core courses will explore the inter-relatedness between humankind and the environment in North America over the last four centuries.

Who should enroll in this program?

New Jersey social studies teachers and educators seeking graduate credit as well as a means to fulfill in-service teaching training requirements. Additionally, professionals in health and government agencies, the environmental industry, history buffs, and librarians, as well as life learners in the liberal arts.

What will I learn?

* Practices of 19th-century regular medicine.

* Relation between medical concepts and   mainstream social thought.

* Triumphs of late 19th- and early 20th-century medical therapeutics.

* Emergence of nursing as a profession and modern medicine in an international perspective.

* Fuller understanding of the connection between humankind and the environment in North America over the course of the last four centuries. 

* Examine the ways in which cultural ideals, conceptions, and preconceptions serve to influence the rate and manner of technological change, as well as the ways in which technology affects social and cultural life.

* A global view of human interaction with the natural world, mixing broad themes such as colonialism and industrialization with detailed case studies in an effort to understand the ways that people and the environment have mutually shaped one another

* The role of the economy, culture, and technology in shaping the urban environment. Newark and the New York metropolitan area, including field observations and local research. Spatial relationships, the role of transportation, and the development of suburbia.

Graduate Certificate Information:    

 * 12 graduate credits - four classes

* The graduate certificate is a stand-alone credential in itself, and also relates to the joint NJIT/ Rutgers Master of Arts degree in History.

* NJIT's standard graduate admission requirements apply.

Why Study History of Technology, Environment and Medicine at NJIT?

Students can use the full resources of the university to pursue studies in technology while majoring in history. Students also have all the advantages of a traditional university through participation with Rutgers in the federated department. The history faculty at Rutgers University-Newark and NJIT are joined in a single federated department that offers an integrated curriculum and joint undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The history faculty at Rutgers University-Newark and NJIT are joined in a single federated department that offers an integrated curriculum and joint undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Prerequisites

Upper-level undergraduate courses in history of technology, environment and medicine are suggested. NJIT’s standard admission requirements apply to this graduate certificate.

Related Degree Programs

Credential relates to the joint Rutgers/NJIT MA in History

Take Note

Check the course descriptions for more information. Some courses have prerequisites and must be taken in order.

Faculty Adviser: R. Sher

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