I am interested in obtaining a minor in STS. What are my options?
Students interested in obtaining a minor (BA or BSc) in STS have three different options to choose from depending on their disciplinary and/or general interests.
1. TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND SOCIETY (TSS)
Overview: Explore technologies of the past, present, and future and the choices that impact their design, innovation, and use in society. Recognize how economic, political, and socio-cultural factors shape technology, and how technology shapes our modern world today.
2. EARTH, SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIETY (ESAS)
Overview: Explore how science and technology are both a major challenge to – and possible solution for – a range of sustainability issues, using frameworks that highlight equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Sustainability issues include environmental degradation, climate change, food insecurity and production, and infrastructure development.
3. LIFE SCIENCE AND SOCIETY (LSS)
Overview: Gain a critical understanding of important issues in biomedicine, biotechnology, genomics, health, and pharmaceutical governance by examining how life science research has impacted society, and how social, cultural, political, and economic factors have impacted research in the life sciences.
What courses do I need to take for each STS minor option?
If you pursue a BA or BSc minor in STS, you will need to take 30 credits in total. 18 of these credits are required courses. These core courses are the same for all minor options (TSS, ESAS, and LSS), and both the BA and BSc degree programs.
- STS 1411 3.0: Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
- STS 2411 3.0: Exploring Science, Technology and Society
- STS 2010 3.0: History of Modern Science OR STS 2210 3.0: Technology in the Modern World
- STS 2222 3.0: Exploring Gender in STEM OR STS 2333 3.0: Science, Technology & Racial Social Justice
- STS 4501 6.0: Capstone: Science, Technology and Society Seminar
This means you will need an additional 12 credits to complete your minor. To review your individual program requirements, please click on the links below:
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