Chair of the School of History and Sociology offers a critical history of technology.

In his most recent book, Technology: Critical History of a Concept, Chair and Professor of History Eric Schatzberg "presents a long, complicated, and important story: the emergence of a key concept—arguably the defining concept—of our age."

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The School of History and Sociology presents the Fall 2021 Speakers Series

The Fall 2021 Speakers Series will feature Peter Brannen, award-winning science journalist at The Atlantic, and two more experts in history and sociology.

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Spotlight on 2021 Graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Meet some of this year's graduates and find out what they plan to do after graduation.

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Why Covid Conspiracy Theories Spread: Understanding the Human Behaviors Behind the Pandemic

Four faculty members in the School of History and Sociology (HSOC) are examining the human behaviors behind the pandemic to help craft effective policy responses.

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What Have Our Graduate Students Been Up To? A 2020-2021 Timeline

HSTS graduate students are advancing the conversation on subjects as diverse as messenger pigeons, eco-feminism, Covid-19 vaccines, and the history of personal computers.

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HSOC Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC) and Chair's Statement 


Explore the Past, Engage the Present, Define the Future – The School of History and Sociology (HSOC) brings the perspective of the social sciences to bear on critical issues facing the modern world, while providing a source of analysis that emphasizes both change over time and cultural comparisons on a global scale.

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The program's focus on global issues related to the origin and impact of technology and science is also distinctive, providing students with the critical tools needed to understand the development of the modern world.

The masters degree in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science can be a jumping-off point for further professional training in law, business, or public policy and is an asset to those seeking careers in museums, historical agencies, and public service organizations.

This interdisciplinary degree program trains students in advanced scholarly research on the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of science and technology, past and present.  Students choose to concentrate in one of two disciplines.

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School of History and Sociology Updates

Fall 2021 Speakers Series


The School of History and Sociology presents the Fall 2021 Speakers Series.  

This semester's series will be focused on the "History of Now."

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Did you know that the School of History and Sociology produces a weekly newsletter, in addition to its annual newsletter

Click on the "Newsletter" links in the "News and Events" menu at the top of the page.

About the School of History and Sociology


The School of History and Sociology (HSOC) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and educators.

HSOC is comprised of historians and sociologists dedicated to the study of social change, past and present.