Minors

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) minor and the Sustainability Studies minor help science and engineering majors stand out on the job market or in admission to graduate school, medical school, or law school.

Prospective employers prefer “well-rounded” scientists and engineers who show aptitude for the human and social dimensions of their work. Graduate schools in medicine, public health, law, business, engineering, and the sciences admit students with a broad-minded grasp of technical and social dimensions of complex issues. A minor in STS or Sustainability Studies clearly demonstrates that a student has a good understanding of the social, political, and ethical aspects of engineering, science, health, and natural resources. 

The STS minor consists of four 4-credit STS courses, two of which must be at the 4000-level. One must be Concepts in STS. An STS minor may be completed by pursuing any of the following Integrated Pathways, plus Concepts in STS.

The Sustainability Studies minor consists of four 4-credit STS courses, two of which must be at the 4000-level. These courses must be chosen from the Sustainability Studies Integrated Pathway list, below.

No transfer or advanced placement courses are allowed for a minor. No pass/fail courses are allowed for a minor.


Integrated Pathways Leading to Minors:


Global Studies

For the STS minor: Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS Department Head, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • China and the US
  • Concepts in STS* (required for all STS minors and majors)
  • Consumer Culture
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Design as Global Challenge
  • Energy Politics
  • Global Health Challenges
  • Globalization and Development
  • How to Read the New York Times  
  • Religion and Society
  • War and Society

Public Health and Society

For the STS minor: Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS Department Head, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • Bioethics
  • Century of the Gene
  • Concepts in STS* (required for all STS minors and majors)
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Drugs in History
  • Food, Farms and Famine
  • Gender, Science and Technology
  • Global Health Challenges
  • History of Medicine
  • History of Mental Health
  • Medicine and Society
  • Science, Technology and Society

History

For the STS minor: Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS Department Head, with at least two at the 400-level:

  • American History
  • Century of the Gene
  • Century of Environmental Thought
  • Concepts in STS* (required for all STS minors and majors)
  • Drugs in History
  • Gender in History/Gender in Culture
  • History of Medicine
  • History of Mental Health
  • History of Science and Technology
  • History of Scientific Revolutions
  • History of American Technology
  • Human Rights in History

IT and Society

For the STS minor: Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS Department Head, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • Concepts in STS* (required for all STS minors and majors)
  • Data and Society
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Gender, Science, and Technology
  • IT and Society
  • Open Source Art, Music, and Culture
  • Politics of Design

Law and Policy

For the STS minor: Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS Department Head, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • American Government
  • American Politics in Crisis
  • Bioethics
  • Concepts in STS* (required for all STS minors and majors)
  • Contemporary Political Thought
  • Drugs in History
  • Energy Politics
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Environment and Law
  • Human Rights in History
  • International Relations
  • Law and Society
  • Law, Values, and Public Policy
  • Politics of Design
  • Resilience Planning

Sociology

For the STS minor: Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS Department Head, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • American Politics in Crisis
  • Concepts in STS* (required for all STS minors and majors)
  • Consumer Culture
  • Environment and Society
  • Inequality in America
  • Investigating Society
  • IT and Society
  • Medicine and Society
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Society by the Numbers
  • Sociology

Sustainability Studies

For the Sustainability Studies minor: Four courses selected from the following or others as approved by the STS Department Head, with at least two at the 4000-level:

  • Century of Environmental Thought
  • Concepts in STS
  • Consumer Culture
  • Energy Politics
  • Environment and Law
  • Environment and Society
  • Food, Farms, and Famine
  • Globalization and Development
  • Nature and Society
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability by Design
  • Sustainability Careers
  • Sustainability Debates
  • Sustainability Education

 

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