Examples of STS Specialties 

The listed specialties are intended only as examples; students may propose specialties and courses beyond those listed. The selected courses need not be included in the list of Breadth Requirements, but should have a reasonable connection to STS (e.g. PSY 340 – Ergonomics) or the chosen specialty. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. The specialty and list of courses selected by the student are subject to approval by the Program Director or the student's STS Advisor.

Environmental Studies

  • NR/IDS 303: Humans and the Environment - recommended 
  • COM 436: Environmental Communication
  • HI 440: American Environmental History
  • IDS 201: Enviromental Ethics
  • PHI 422: Philosophical Issues in Environmental Ethics
  • PS 320: U.S. Environmental Law and Politics
  • PS 336: Global Environmental Politics
  • SOC 450: Environmental Sociology

Biomedical 

  • STS/PHI 325: Biomedical Ethics - recommended 
  • ENG 232: Literature and Medicine
  • GN 301: Genetics in Human Affairs
  • HI 481: History of the Life Sciences
  • PHI 415: Life Science Ethics
  • SOC 381: Sociology of Medicine

Engineering Ethics 

  • STS 320: Ethics in Engineering – recommended 
  • HI 485: History of American Technology
  • HI 341: Technology in History
  • PHI 314: Issues in Business Ethics
  • PHI 422: Philosophical Issues in Environmental Ethics
  • STS 322: Technological Catastrophes
  • STS 326: Technology Assessment*
  • STS 304: Ethical Dimensions of Progress

*Benjamin Franklin Scholars may substitute E 497B: Franklin Scholars Capstone for STS 326

History of Science and Technology 

Recommended – Take at least one of the following: 

  • HI 321: Ancient & Medieval Science
  • HI 322: Rise of Modern Science
  • HI 341: Technology in History

Other courses: 

  • HI 480: Scientific Revolution: 1300-1700
  • HI 440: American Environmental History
  • HI 481: History of the Life Sciences
  • HI 482: Darwinism in Science & Society
  • HI 483: Science and Religion In European History
  • HI 484: Science in European Culture
  • HI 485: History of American Technology

Information and Communication Technology 

  • CSC/BUS 340: Information System Management
  • COM 447: Communication and Globalization
  • COM 487: Internet and Society
  • STS 320: Engineering Ethics (3 crs) and CSC 379: Ethics in Computing (1 cr)

Philosophy of Science 

  • LOG 201: Logic - recommended 
  • PHI 340: Philosophy of Science - recommended 
  • PHI 440: The Scientific Method - recommended 
  • HI 480: Scientific Revolution: 1300-1700
  • HI 481: History of the Life Sciences

Science and Technology Policy 

  • PS 314: Science, Technology, and Public Policy - recommended 
  • PS 320: U.S. Environmental Law and Politic
  • PS 336: Global Environmental Politics
  • STS 320: Ethics in Engineering
  • STS 322: Technological Catastrophes
  • STS 326: Technology Assessment*
  • STS 402: Peace and War in the Nuclear Age

*Benjamin Franklin Scholars may substitute E 497B: Franklin Scholars Capstone for STS 326

Science, Technology, and International Affairs 

  • COM 447: Communication and Globalization
  • FLS 212: Spanish: Language, Technology, Culture
  • HI 483: Science and Religion In European History
  • HI 484: Science in European Culture
  • PHI 420: Global Justice
  • PS 336: Global Environmental Politics
  • PS 339: Politics of the World Economy
  • STS 322: Technological Catastrophes
  • STS 323: World Population and Food Prospects
  • STS 484: Cross Cultural Technology Transfer
  • STS 402: Peace and War in the Nuclear Age

Scientific and Technical and Writing 

Recommended - Take four courses from the following list, including at least one at the 400-level or above and at least one of 215, 315, or 520 and at least one of 314 and 317: 

  • ENG 215: Principles of News and Article Writing
  • ENG 314: Technical Document Design and Editing
  • ENG 315: Advanced News and Article Writing
  • ENG 317: Designing Web Communication
  • ENG 425: Analysis of Scientific and Technical Writing
  • ENG 520: Science Writing for the Media (with instructor permission)