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Science in Human Culture, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Science in Human Culture program of Northwestern University offers undergraduate students the choice of an adjunct major or a minor field meant to prepare them to confront the impact of science, medicine, and technology on society—and on their own lives.
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The Science in Human Culture program of Northwestern University welcomes premedical students and science majors interested in thinking beyond the problem sets assigned in their specialized courses, as well as students in the humanities and social sciences who aspire to overcome the division of knowledge that accompanied the rise of modern science.

Program highlights

Students join the program because it offers them a chance to integrate their understanding of science, medicine, and technology into a liberal arts education, and because it offers them the freedom to tailor an adjunct major or minor to their own particular interests. Above all, the major appeals to students who rebel against the claim that human knowledge can be sharply divided into disciplinary fields, or into the "two cultures"—so neatly symbolized at Northwestern by the north and south ends of campus.

Here are some of the questions students in the program address:

  • Why have we come to rely on scientific explanations?
  • How has scientific knowledge been translated into radical new technologies—from the atomic bomb to the genetic testing of fetuses?
  • In what ways have different places and people around the world served as a venue for scientific innovation and conceptual discovery?
  • How has the rise of medical science altered the relationship between physicians and patients and diseases and environments?
  • What are the religious implications of our changing understanding of space, time, and biological evolution?
  • How has science contributed to (and undermined) our sense of human difference, including racial and sexual difference?
  • Why is the impact of different expert fields so uneven globally?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Race
  • Values of Biodiversity
  • American Religion, Ecology, and Culture
  • Sexuality and Society
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Digital Technologies

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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