Minors & Concentrations

Environmental Studies Concentration

This interdisciplinary concentration will include an examination of some of the basic environmental problems we face, how environmental resource depletion and energy issues are related, and what kind of an environmental ethic or environmental values we have today and have had in the past. The concentration will also explore the economics, legislative and regulatory framework within which most environmental decisions are made. Since most of the technological areas which are supplying careers for RIT graduates have significant environmental implications associated with them, it is essential that students have an understanding of, and a well thought out value orientation about such environmental consequences. For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/concentrations.php?code=est.

Public Policy Concentration

The purpose of this concentration is to provide students with an understanding of public policy, the policy process, and policy analysis. Students will have the opportunity to develop perspectives on a variety of contemporary public policy issues, especially those that emerge from scientific and technological advancements. At the heart of the concentration is the Foundations of Public Policy course (0521-400). In this course, students are introduced to the concept of public policy and the policy making process. The roles of stakeholders and interest groups are discussed in the context of contemporary cases in various policy arenas. Students are also introduced to some of the methodologies associated with policy analysis. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of policy studies, additional courses are offered from the areas of STS, Sociology, and Political Science. In addition, Policy Analysis I and II are offered especially for students who are considering the M.S. in science, technology, and public policy or who have an interest in analytical tools. For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/concentrations.php?code=pub.

Science and Technology Studies Concentration

This disciplinary concentration will examine some major impacts of science and technology in the contemporary world. Special reference will be given to American concerns. A student taking this concentration will gain an overall appreciation of the social nature of science and technology as they have developed in the past, as they exist today, and as they may affect society in the future under various scenarios. The rationale for the concentration is based on the accelerating importance these historically dissimilar fields (but increasingly closely intertwined) have on everyday life. In addition, science and technology have become social systems in their own right, have made possible increasing freedom, a fantastic variety of choice, and, paradoxically, a growing interdependence of all segments of world society. A new level of public awareness and concern is crucial to understanding and dealing successfully with these consequences. For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/concentrations.php?code=sts.

Environmental Studies Minor

This minor provides students opportunities to analyze in depth global and regional environmental issues, their causes, and their potential solutions. The minor features an emphasis on sustainability and holistic thinking. In particular, a required 500-level seminar will serve as a capstone experience by helping students integrate knowledge from several disciplinary perspectives, including socio-cultural, historical, political, economic, ethical, scientific, and/or technological factors. Having completed the minor, students will possess a high level of environmental literacy, an important component of many professional fields within the sciences, engineering, law, journalism, and public affairs. For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/minors.php?minor=gevs.

Historical Perspectives on Science and Technology

The purpose of the minor is to expose students to a rigorous analysis of the history of science and technology, and to emphasize history as a distinctive way of thinking. Students will augment their degree program with a series of courses analyzing the historical development, impact, and significance of science and technology. Having completed the minor, students entering such professional fields as science, engineering, law, journalism, and public affairs will be well-prepared to deal with crossdisciplinary, historical questions involving the social, cultural, and environmental contexts of modern science and technology. For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/minors.php?minor=hpst.

Public Policy Minor

The purpose of this minor is to provide students with a foundation in the field of public policy and to allow them to make connections between public policy and other fields of study. Students are allowed to follow one of two "tracks" within the public policy minor. The first track, "policy issues," develops a broad perspective on public policy and its relationship to other fields. The second track, "policy analysis," highlights the analytical tools used by the policy analyst to evaluate and understand policy formulation and impacts. Both tracks explore contemporary public policy issues, especially those connected to the science and technology fields. In the "spirit" of CLA minors, this minor underscores the role of public policy on science and technology based problems. Through the minor, students obtain a deeper understanding of what public policy is and how it is integrated within a number of specific contexts. For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/minors.php?minor=publ.

Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies Minor

This minor has been discontinued.
Students currently enrolled in this minor may continue to take courses to complete it.

The following courses are being offered for Spring Quarter 20083 which satisfy the minor. If you need additional assistance, please contact the minor advisor, Richard Shearman, rlsgsh@rit.edu , 1-3236.

  • 0508-440-01 History of Science
  • 0508-442-01 History of American Technology
  • 0508-443-01 Face of the Land
  • 0508-451-01 Cyborg Theory
  • 0508-482-01 and 0508-482-70 Energy & the Environment
  • 0508-484-70 Environmental Policy
  • 0508-487-01 Special Topics: Food/Agriculture/Environment
  • 0508-530-01 Seminar: Science, Technology and Environment

Science, Technology, and Public Policy Minor

The purpose of this minor is to provide students with both breadth and depth in the field of science and technology policy. The minor allows students to make connections between public policy and other scientific and technical fields. The minor explores contemporary science and technology policy issues and will give students a foundation for understanding the policy process. Through the minor, students obtain a deeper understanding of what science and technology policy is and how it is integrated within a number of specific contexts. (Note: This Minor is closed to students enrolled in the Public Policy Degree Program or already taking a minor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies or Public Policy.) For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/minors.php?minor=gstp.

Science, Technology and Society Minor

This minor integrates the study of human society, and science and technology in their social content and context. This minor bridges the humanities and social sciences to understand better the ways in which science, technology, and society are mutually interacting forces in our world. Students enrolled in this minor will learn how to analyze the social institutions, the built environment, and their role in creating them. This minor will enhance a student’s ability to contribute to the development of science and technology in ways that are historically, culturally, and ethically informed. For more information see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/minors.php?minor=gsts