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Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minor

Effective Winter 2016

Exclusions:

Not open to students with a minor in Medical Anthropology or History of Medicine and Health.

Advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Science, Technology, and Society must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Please use our LSA online advising system to schedule an appointment with the STS Undergraduate Director.

Prerequisites

None for the minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

A minimum of 15 credits (and at least 5 courses), to be chosen from the list of approved STS courses.  At least one course must be at the 300 level or above.  Only one course at the 100 level is permitted.

Core course: RCSSCI 275 / HISTORY 285.

Electives. A minimum of 3 courses in a chosen focus track (Science; Technology; Medicine).

Courses on science, technology, and society are offered by many different departments and programs in LSA as well as in other colleges of the university. Only courses specifically approved by the STS Program may be counted toward the minor. There are presently no provisions for exceptions to this rule. An up-to-date list of currently approved courses is available at the STS Program website.

Constraints

No course may be counted simultaneously toward both STS and any other minor.

Students may not declare the STS minor later than the first week of the first term of their senior year.

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minor (Fall 2014-Fall 2015)

effective date : Fall 2014-Fall 2015

Not open to students with a minor in Medical Anthropology or History of Medicine and Health

 

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Science, Technology, and Society must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled by sending e-mail to sts.minor.advisor@umich.edu. Students may not declare the STS minor later than the first week of the first term of their senior year.

No course may be counted simultaneously toward both STS and any other minor.

 

Prerequisites to the Minor

None for the Academic Minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the Academic Minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 15 credits of courses, to be elected from the categories as stated below:

  1. Core course: RCSSCI 275.
  2. Electives. A minimum of 2 courses for at least 7 credits, subject to the following conditions:
    • A maximum of one elective at the 100 level is permitted (up to 4 credits).
    • At least one elective must be at the 300 level or above.
    • Students may also count any research seminar (see below) as an elective.
    • At least one elective and the research seminar must be drawn from one of the focus clusters: science and society, technology and society, or medicine and society.

 

  1. One research course or seminar, at the 300- or 400-level, in the student's chosen focus cluster, chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor. The research course or seminar will normally be completed in the student's junior or senior year. To be approved for this requirement, a course must include a major research project (typically a long term paper) or a significant field study component.

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minor (Winter 2014-Summer 2014)

effective date : Winter 2014-Summer 2014

Not open to students with a minor in Medical Anthropology or History of Medicine and Health

No course may be counted simultaneously toward both STS and any other minor.

 

Only courses specifically approved by the STS Program may be counted toward the minor. There are presently no provisions for exceptions to this rule. Students may not declare the STS minor later than the first week of the first term of their senior year.

Prerequisites to the Minor:

None for the Academic Minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the Academic Minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program:

At least 5 courses for a minimum of 18 credits of courses, to be elected from the categories as stated below:

  1. Core course: RCSSCI 275.
  2. Electives. A minimum of 3 courses for at least 11 credits, subject to the following conditions:
    • A maximum of one elective at the 100 level is permitted (up to 4 credits).
    • At least two electives must be at the 300 level or above.
    • Students may also count any research seminar (see below) as an elective.
    • At least two of the student's three electives must be drawn from one of the focus clusters: science and society, technology and society, or medicine and society.
Science and Society Focus Cluster

Technology and Society Focus Cluster

Medicine and Society Focus Cluster

ANTHRBIO

360, 362, 467

ANTHRCUL

256

AOSS

172, 300

BIOLOGY

101

CHEM

120 (section titled "The History and Philosophy of Chemistry")

EARTH

140, 171, 380,

496 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

ECON

370

EEB

498

ENSCEN

172

ENVIRON

111, 201, 211, 256, 263, 270, 318, 350, 360, 361, 375, 280, 391, 414

GEOG

111

HISTORY

301,

302 (section titled "Science, Technology, and Defining the Human"),

366,

397 (section titled "Human Nature and its Sciences"),

427

MENAS

491 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

NURS

220

PHIL

420

PSYCH

384, 385

RCNSCI

232, 260, 263, 270, 350, 415,

461 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

RCIDIV

318,

351 (section titled "Evolution and Intelligent Design"),

391

SOC

111

UP

263

AOSS

172, 300

CEE

260

EARTH

172, 380,

496 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East"

ENSCEN

172

ENVIRON

111, 263, 350, 380

ENGLISH

415 (section titled "Research and Technology in the Humanities")

GEOG

111

HISTORY

302 (section titled "Science, Technology, and Defining the Human"),

310,

396 (sections titled "Race, Gender, and Empire", "Global Nuclear Proliferation"),

498 (section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers")

MENAS

491 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

PSYCH

485

RCIDIV

330, 430, 450

RCNSCI

263, 270

RCSSCI

310, 374,

461 (sections titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers", "Global Oil System and the Middle East"),

462

SI

110, 513

SOC

111

495 (section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers")

UC 

110

UP

263

WOMENSTD

485

CAAS

355

ANTHRCUL

258 (section titled "Culture and Medicine"),

325, 344, 355, 416

BIOLOGY

118

HBEHED

516

HISTORY

284, 300, 310, 355,

396 (section titled "Human Experimentation")

NURS

220

PSYCH

211 (section titled "Health, Illness, Society"),

359,

401 (section titled "Health Psychology"

RCNSCI

260 (section titled "From Shamans to Cyborgs: Socio-Cultural Studies of Health, Illness, and the Biomedical Sciences" and other topics as appropriate)

RCIDIV

351 (section titled "Law and Bioethics")

SOC

475

UC

210

WOMENSTD

220, 324, 400

  1. One research course or seminar, at the 300- or 400-level, in the student's chosen focus cluster, chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor. The research course or seminar will normally be completed in the student's junior or senior year. To be approved for this requirement, a course must include a major research project (typically a long term paper) or a significant field study component.
Approved STS Research Courses and Seminars
 
SUBJECT/CATALOG

Track(s)

Research Seminar

ANTHRCUL 325

Medicine

 
EARTH 496

Technology

Science

section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East"
EEB 498

Science

 
ENVIRON 318

Science

 
HISTORY 396

Medicine

section titled "Human Experimentation"
HISTORY 396

Technology

section titled "Global Nuclear Proliferation"
HISTORY 498

Technology

section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers"
MENAS 491

Technology

Science

(section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")
PHYSICS 481

Science

 
RCIDIV 318

Science

 
RCNSCI 415

Science

 
RCSSCI 374

Technology

 
RCSSCI 461

Technology

section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers"
RCSSCI 461

Technology

Science

section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East"
RCSSCI 462

Technology

 
SOC 495

Technology

section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers"
WOMENSTD 324

Medicine

 

 

  1. Science/Technology/Medicine cognate (lab based). Students electing this academic minor must complete one cognate, consisting of a laboratory-based course in a natural science, computer science, or engineering. This cognate may count toward the LSA distribution requirement (if it is approved for that requirement). Ideally, this course should relate to the student's chosen focus cluster.

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Minor (Fall 2012-Fall 2013)

effective date : Fall 2012-Fall 2013

Not open to students with a minor in Medical Anthropology

 

No course may be counted simultaneously toward both STS and any other minor.

 Only courses specifically approved by the STS Program may be counted toward the minor. There are presently no provisions for exceptions to this rule. Students may not declare the STS minor later than the first week of the first term of their senior year.

Prerequisites to the Minor:

None for the Academic Minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the Academic Minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program:

At least 5 courses for a minimum of 18 credits of courses, to be elected from the categories as stated below:

  1. Core course: RCSSCI 275.
  2. Electives. A minimum of 3 courses for at least 11 credits, subject to the following conditions:
    • A maximum of one elective at the 100 level is permitted (up to 4 credits).
    • At least two electives must be at the 300 level or above.
    • Students may also count any research seminar (see below) as an elective.
    • At least two of the student's three electives must be drawn from one of the focus clusters: science and society, technology and society, or medicine and society.
Science and Society Focus Cluster

Technology and Society Focus Cluster

Medicine and Society Focus Cluster

ANTHRBIO

360, 362, 467

ANTHRCUL

256

AOSS

172, 300

BIOLOGY

101

CHEM

120 (section titled "The History and Philosophy of Chemistry")

EARTH

140, 171, 380,

496 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

ECON

370

EEB

498

ENSCEN

172

ENVIRON

111, 201, 211, 256, 263, 270, 318, 350, 360, 361, 375, 280, 391, 414

GEOG

111

HISTORY

301,

302 (section titled "Science, Technology, and Defining the Human"),

366,

397 (section titled "Human Nature and its Sciences"),

427

MENAS

491 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

NURS

220

PHIL

420

PSYCH

384, 385

RCNSCI

232, 260, 263, 270, 350, 415,

461 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

RCIDIV

318,

351 (section titled "Evolution and Intelligent Design"),

391

SOC

111

UP

263

AOSS

172, 300

CEE

260

EARTH

172, 380,

496 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East"

ENSCEN

172

ENVIRON

111, 263, 350, 380

ENGLISH

415 (section titled "Research and Technology in the Humanities")

GEOG

111

HISTORY

302 (section titled "Science, Technology, and Defining the Human"),

310,

396 (sections titled "Race, Gender, and Empire", "Global Nuclear Proliferation"),

498 (section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers")

MENAS

491 (section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")

PSYCH

485

RCIDIV

330, 430, 450

RCNSCI

263, 270

RCSSCI

310, 374,

461 (sections titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers", "Global Oil System and the Middle East"),

462

SI

110, 513

SOC

111

495 (section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers")

UC 

110

UP

263

WOMENSTD

485

CAAS

355

ANTHRCUL

258 (section titled "Culture and Medicine"),

325, 344, 355, 416

BIOLOGY

118

HBEHED

516

HISTORY

284, 300, 310, 355,

396 (section titled "Human Experimentation")

NURS

220

PSYCH

211 (section titled "Health, Illness, Society"),

359,

401 (section titled "Health Psychology"

RCNSCI

260 (section titled "From Shamans to Cyborgs: Socio-Cultural Studies of Health, Illness, and the Biomedical Sciences" and other topics as appropriate)

RCIDIV

351 (section titled "Law and Bioethics")

SOC

475

UC

210

WOMENSTD

220, 324, 400

  1. One research course or seminar, at the 300- or 400-level, in the student's chosen focus cluster, chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the advisor. The research course or seminar will normally be completed in the student's junior or senior year. To be approved for this requirement, a course must include a major research project (typically a long term paper) or a significant field study component.
Approved STS Research Courses and Seminars
 
SUBJECT/CATALOG

Track(s)

Research Seminar

ANTHRCUL 325

Medicine

 
EARTH 496

Technology

Science

section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East"
EEB 498

Science

 
ENVIRON 318

Science

 
HISTORY 396

Medicine

section titled "Human Experimentation"
HISTORY 396

Technology

section titled "Global Nuclear Proliferation"
HISTORY 498

Technology

section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers"
MENAS 491

Technology

Science

(section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East")
PHYSICS 481

Science

 
RCIDIV 318

Science

 
RCNSCI 415

Science

 
RCSSCI 374

Technology

 
RCSSCI 461

Technology

section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers"
RCSSCI 461

Technology

Science

section titled "Global Oil System and the Middle East"
RCSSCI 462

Technology

 
SOC 495

Technology

section titled "Steam Engines and Computers: From Proletariats to Information Workers"
WOMENSTD 324

Medicine

 

 

  1. Science/Technology/Medicine cognate (lab based). Students electing this academic minor must complete one cognate, consisting of a laboratory-based course in a natural science, computer science, or engineering. This cognate may count toward the LSA distribution requirement (if it is approved for that requirement). Ideally, this course should relate to the student's chosen focus cluster.