Minors

Science, Technology, and Society Minor

Semester Requirements

This minor integrates the studies of human society, science, and technology in their social content and context. The minor bridges the humanities and social sciences to provide better understanding of the ways in which science, technology, and society are mutually interacting forces in our world. Students learn how to analyze the social institutions, the built environment, and their role in creating them. This minor enhances a student’s ability to contribute to the development of science and technology in ways that are historically, culturally, and ethically informed.

Courses

Course

Required Course

STSO-510             Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar

Electives

Choose four of the following:*

   ENGL-419            Literature and Technology

   PHIL-402              Philosophy of Science

   PUBL-530             Energy Policy

   STSO-140             Science Technology and Values

   STSO-201             Science and Technology Policy

   STSO-240             Social Consequences of Technology

   STSO-246             History of Women in Science and Engineering

   STSO-321             Face of the Land

   STSO-341             Biomedical Issues:  Science and Technology

   STSO-342             Gender, Science and Technology

   STSO-345             Makers of Modern Science

   STSO-346             History of American Technology

   STSO 422             Great Lakes

   STSO-441             Cyborg Theory

   STSO-442             Science, Technology and Society Classics

   STSO-445             History of Science

   STSO-446             History of Chemistry

   STSO-489             Special Topics in STS

* At least one course must be at the 300 level or higher.

 

Environmental Studies Minor

Semester Requirements

With an emphasis on sustainability and holistic thinking, the environmental studies minor provides students with opportunities for the in-depth analysis of global and regional environmental issues, their causes, and their potential solutions. In particular, a required 500-level seminar will serve as a capstone experience, helping students to 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.

Courses

Course

Required Course

STSO-510             Seminar in Science, Technology, and Society

Electives

Choose four of the following:*

   STSO-120             Introduction to Environmental Studies

   STSO-220             Environment and Society

   STSO-321             Face of the Land

   STSO-325             History of Environmental Science

   STSO-326             History of Ecology and Environmentalism

   STSO-330             Energy and the Environment

   STSO-421             Environmental Policy

   STSO-489             Special Topics in STS

   STSO-521             Biodiversity

   STSO-522             Great Lakes

   STSO-550             Sustainable Communities

   PUBL-530             Energy Policy

   ECON-420            Environmental Economics

   ECON-421            Natural Resource Economics

   HIST-345              Environmental Disasters

   PHIL-308              Environmental Philosophy

   SOCI-320              Population and Society

* At least one elective must be at the 300 level or higher.