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Requirement Details

Core Course

Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society (Residential College Social Science 275/History 285)

Offered each academic year. Introduces students to major STS theories, methods, concepts, and approaches and to the kinds of issues covered by the minor. STS minors should take the core course no later than their junior year.

Declaration and Advising

Students must meet with the faculty advisor to the STS minor to plan their program of study.  

Please use our LSA online advising system to schedule an appointment with our STS Undergraduate Director (currently Prof. John Carson, History). You can download the minor worksheet from here.

Electives

In addition to the core course, students must take a minimum of 4 electives (including minicourses), chosen from the approved list of STS courses

  • One course must be at the 300 level or above
  • Only one course may be at the 100 level

Focus Track

Students must choose one of three focus tracks:

  • Science and Society  (S)
  • Technology and Society  (T)
  • Medicine and Society  (M)

At least two of the student's electives must be drawn from a single focus track (This means at least three courses, including the core course, which counts in all focus tracks, will be drawn from the student's focus track.) The list of approved courses shows which classes count for each track. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to take at least one upper-level course in a science, engineering, or medical discipline.

Overlap with Concentrations and Other Minors

At most one course may be shared between a major and a minor and be used to satisfy requirements of both. No course may be counted simultaneously toward both STS and any other minor. See important information about minors on the LSA academic minors page.

Note: At least ten credits must be taken in residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, or must count as in-residence credit (i.e., through UM-sponsored CGIS programs abroad).

For further information, you may also contact the STS Program advisor by email: sts.minor.advisor@umich.edu