Minors

Many Rensselaer students get a major in one field and a minor in STS. Moreover, many students find that they can use the minor to stand out in the job market or in pools of graduate students.

A Science, Technology, and Society minor can be an extra boost to help you stand out in your applicant pool. Prospective employers like to hire "well-rounded" scientists and engineers who show some aptitude for the human and social dimensions of their work. Likewise, graduate schools in many fields--medicine, law, business, engineering, the sciences, and the social sciences and humanities--often are attracted to students who show a broad-minded grasp of both technical and social dimensions of complex issues. For example, engineers may point to the Science, Technology, and Society minor to make the case that they have a good grasp on the social aspects of engineering and society. 

This minor consists of any four four-credit STS courses, with two at the 4000-level. (Only one transfer or advanced placement courses is allowed for a minor. No pass/fail courses are allowed for the minor.)

Anthropology

Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS undergraduate director, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Science and Technology
  • Family and Kinship
  • Environment and International Policy
  • Body: Self, Symbol, and Politics
  • Environment, Law, and Culture
  • The Middle East Through Native and Western Eyes

Or, choose an appropriate readings course. (Only one transfer or advanced placement courses is allowed for a minor. No pass/fail courses are allowed for the minor.)

History

Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS undergraduate director, with at least two at the 400-level:

  • History of 19th Century Europe
  • Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Science and Technology
  • Foundations of American History
  • History of the United States Since 1877
  • History of Contemporary Europe
  • World War II
  • History of Medicine
  • History of American Science
  • History of American Technology

Or, choose an appropriate readings course. (Only one transfer or advanced placement courses is allowed for a minor. No pass/fail courses are allowed for the minor.)

Political Science

Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS undergraduate director, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • Principles and Practices of American Government
  • International Relations
  • Law, Values, and Public Policy
  • Politics of Science and Technology
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • World Politics
  • Politics of Design
  • Contemporary Political Thought
  • Risky Technologies
  • Environment and Development
  • Public Service/Professional Careers Internships

Or, choose an appropriate readings course. (Only one transfer or advanced placement courses is allowed for a minor. No pass/fail courses are allowed for the minor.)

Sociology

Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS undergraduate director, with at least two at the 400-level:

  • Sociology
  • Medicine and Society
  • Social Effects of Science and Technology
  • Inequality in America
  • Human Dimensions of Biomedical Technologies
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • The Social Relations of Science

Or, choose an appropriate readings course. (Only one transfer or advanced placement courses is allowed for a minor. No pass/fail courses are allowed for the minor.)

Sustainability

16 credits (requirements below assume 4-credit hour courses)

  • One 1000-level SUST course
  • One 2000-level SUST courses
  • Two 4000-level SUST courses

 

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