Social Studies of Science and Technology Minor

How are our lives being changed by technology? Why is science so influential in our society? Is modern science superior to traditional ways of knowing nature? Are science and technology doing more harm than good? The minor in social studies of science and technology enables students to seek answers to such questions through the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. In this minor, students select courses from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, history, communication, sociology and philosophy, all of which shed light on the role of science and technology in modern society.

The minor presupposes no specialized scientific background and may be combined with any undergraduate major. Students must pass five 4-credit courses, chosen from the list of approved courses, with a grade of C- or better. No more than three courses should be chosen from any one department.

Students interested in taking the minor should contact the coordinator, Fredrik Meiton, Department of History, Horton Social Science Center.

To complete a minor in social studies of science and technology, students must complete five courses (20 credits) with a grade of C- or better, choosing no more than three courses from a single department.

Select five courses from the following:20
Honors/Medicine and Culture: Science, Technology and the Body
Biotechnology and Society
Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context
Energy and Environment
Seminar in Media Studies 1
Seminar in Media Theory (topic: Critical Approaches to New Media)
Literature and Medicine
There Is No Planet B
Field Research 1
Climate and Society
Foreign Cultures (topic: Energy and Society: A Global History)
Honors/Medicine, Society, Science, and the Law: Who Makes Your Health Care Decisions?
Honors/Revolutions in Science
Explorations of Historical Perspectives (topic: History of Animals)
Origins of Modern Science
Science in the Modern World
Explorations 1
Explorations (topic: Oil and Water of the Middle East)
American Environmental History
History of American Thought 1
History of American Thought 1
Topics in History of Science
Seminar: Historical Expl 1
The Future of Humanity: Science, Technology, and Society
Human Nature and Evolution
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and People
Environmental Ethics
Neuroscience and Philosophy
Special Topics 1
Politics and Policy in a Warming World
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
Pioneers of Psychology
Special Topics 1
Environment and Society
Total Credits20

with approval of topic by the coordinator