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This archived information is dated to the 2009-10 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Minor in Science, Technology, and Society

Students planning careers in many technical and non-technical fields, including business, education, engineering, science, law, medicine, and public affairs, are faced with important STS issues in their professional practice. Therefore, a minor in STS is likely to prove practically valuable as well as intellectually stimulating.

Requirements—The STS minor requires completion of six courses satisfying the following requirements:

  1. Foundational Course: STS 101 or 101Q
  2. One disciplinary analysis course from each of the following categories:
    1. Philosophical/Ethical Perspectives: STS 110, 112, 114, 115; ENGLISH 176
    2. Historical Perspectives: STS 128; CLASSGEN 123, 133; ECON 116; HISTORY 41A/141A, 140A, 208A; POLISCI 116
    3. Social Science Perspectives: ANTHRO 82, 180; COMM 120, 169; ENGR 145; MS&E 181, 185, 193; POLISCI 114S, 116; PUBLPOL 194; SOC 114
  3. Two advanced courses, from one or two of the following categories and building on courses taken under requirements 1 and 2:
    1. Philosophical/Ethical/Aesthetic Perspectives: STS 210, 211; CS 181; ME 314
    2. Historical Perspectives: ECON 224, 226; HISTORY 243G
    3. Social Science Perspectives: COMM 268; ECON 224, 226; EDUC 358X; SOC 115
  4. At least one of the courses taken under requirements 1 to 3 should incorporate a weekly small-group discussion.
  5. With at most one exception, all courses taken to satisfy STS minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade where available. The exception cannot be STS 101 or STS 101Q.
  6. The six courses taken under requirements 1-3 should be chosen so as to realize a measure of intellectual coherence and interrelatedness.

Note—Students wishing to use a course not listed above to satisfy one of the requirements for a minor in STS may petition to do so. For details, inquire at the STS office, Building 200, Room 19.


For a list of cognate courses offered by other departments that can be used to satisfy requirements for the minor in Science, Technology, and Society, see the "Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology, and Society" section of this bulletin.

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