STS Major Curriculum

The STS concentration attracts allows to students to pursue either a B.A. or B.S. in order to better fit their needs.  In both degrees you will take:

  • STS Core Courses
    • STS 214 — Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
    • STS 403 — Capstone Course and Seminar in Science, Technology and Society
  • You will design your own STS specialty course cluster that addresses a specific theme related to science, technology and society.
  • You will choose a course from each breadth group:
    • History
    • Philosophy of science and ethics
    • Assessment and policy
    • Other STS courses

For a B.A. in STS, you will take:

  • ENG 331, 332 or 333
  • A statistics course at the 200 level or above
  • An STS elective course at the 300 level or above
  • More Humanities, Social Science, and Foreign Language requirements than the STS B.S. major

For a B.S. in STS, you will take:

  • ENG 331, 332 or 333
  • A statistics course at the 300 level or above
  • Advanced Science/Technology Requirement of 15 credit hours: link to B.S. Advanced Science/Technology form which may be downloaded as a PDF and completed online (except for signatures) or by hand.
  • More Natural/Basic Science and Math/Calculus requirements than the STS B.A. major

STS Specialty Requirement

In consultation with the STS Program Director or an Academic Advisor, every STS major designs a STS Specialty (at least 4 courses, 12 hours):

  1. When admitted into the STS program, the STS B.A. or B.S. major meets with an Academic Advisor and obtains approval of a chosen STS Specialty title and related selection of courses. The title and courses are to reflect a coherent theme related to Science, Technology, and Society.
  2. Students may not have advising holds released until the STS Specialty form (and, for B.S. majors, the Advanced Science/Technology Requirement form) is/are fully approved and signed.
  3. Minimum of 12 credit hours required.  At least two of the STS Specialty courses must be offered by departments or programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS).  
  4. The STS Specialty includes courses typically at the 300 and 400 or higher levels and no more than one course at the 200 level. 100-level courses are not permitted in the STS Specialty.
  5. Each STS Specialty course must earn a grade of C- or higher.

Search through Registration and Records: make sure to select STS when searching for subject, and the Office of Undergraduate Courses and Curricula and Academic Standards to find STS Courses.  Also, here is a semester-by-semester plan for STS B.A. and B.S.