History

The Program in History at Stevens allows students to peer into the past as they analyze the present and prepare themselves for the future—all the while paying special attention to the ways that science and technology inform and influence that future. No fields of human endeavor have advanced faster or influenced our lives to a greater degree than science and technology, and no university stands more firmly at the intersection of science and the humanities than Stevens. With this unique perspective, and in keeping with the mission of the College of Arts and Letters, it is our goal to use historical research to provide a deeper understanding of our world through an examination of science and technology and their impact on human existence.


In addition to traditional courses in American and world history, Stevens’ history majors take a course load that emphasizes the importance of science, technology, engineering, and innovation. Our offerings include:

          History of Science & Technology
          Technology in American Society
          Darwin & the Darwinian Revolution
          Science, Faith & the American Imagination
          Engineering in History

Why Study History at Stevens?

The History program at Stevens recognizes that history is much more than just a study of the past. Our faculty believe that the critical study of events that occurred in the past can help us to become more aware of who we are in the present; and that by evaluating the ways key historical figures have dealt with the problems and challenges that faced them, we are able to become acutely aware of the problems facing us today. While the study of history will not tell us what will happen in the future, it does give an opportunity to reflect on how knowledge of who we are in the present may influence the course of events that lead to the future.

What Will You Learn?

Students in the History Program enjoy an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Students learn to understand the evolution of the discipline of history in concrete cause and effect relationships, and be able to discern schools of interpretations such as cultural history, Marxism, cliometrics (quantification), digital history, oral history, postmodernism, gender based studies, transnational history, and others. In their coursework and their own research projects, History students at Stevens learn to develop their individual research skills; they also learn to contribute to research activity as part of a working team, and facilitate cooperation among the members of the team resulting in a successful project. Most importantly, students learn to become a professional and a colleague in a community of inquiry that maintains a lifelong investment in history and in the pursuit of learning -- about themselves and their place in the world around them.

Who Are We?

The Program in History at Stevens Institute of Technology embodies a community of scholars, teachers, and students committed to historical inquiry at the highest levels. We are part of, and aligned with, the larger community that is Stevens Institute of Technology, and we serve a broad range of students and colleagues through the research, teaching, and programmatic activities that take place under the aegis of the history program. As a Program in History within a technological institute, we are proud of our expertise in the history of science and technology and our insight into the scientific and/or technical dimensions of historical topics our faculty explore in other areas of their research. The Program is fully engaged with its local community and with citizens and other historians nationally and internationally. It welcomes fellow travelers.