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Science, Technology, and Public Policy minor

Minor discontinued

This minor no longer accepts new students. Currently matriculated students are not affected.

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
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This minor has not been converted to semesters.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this minor's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

This minor provides both breadth and depth in the field of science and technology policy by allowing students to make connections between public policy and other scientific and technical fields. Students will explore contemporary science and technology policy issues and will build 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. 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.

Required Course—Choose one of the following:
0508-540 Science and Technology Policy Seminar
0508-530 Seminar in Science, Technology, and the Environment†

Plus, at least one of the following 400-level courses:
0508-441 Science and Technology Policy
0521-400 Foundations of Public Policy

Electives—Choose three of the following:*
0508-444 Social Consequences of Technology
0508-445 Biomedical Issues: Science and Technology
0508-447 Special Topics in Science and Technology Studies
0508-482 Energy and the Environment
0508-484 Environmental Policy
0508-487 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
0521-408 Technological Innovation and Public Policy†
0521-410 Information and Communication Policy†
0521-449 Special Topics in Public Policy
0521-451 Energy Policy

* If only one of the required 400-level courses is taken, select three electives from the following list; if two of the required 400-level courses are taken, select two electives from the electives list.

† Students should check the prerequisites for these courses.