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TAS: Science, Technology, and Society


Co-Conveners:
Stephen Rice
Bernard Lange


About the Minor

The Interdisciplinary program in Science, Technology, and Society examines the fundamental questions posed by scientific knowledge and technological change, particularly from historical and global perspectives. It has become crucial for the specialist and non-specialist alike to understand the possibilities and limitations of scientific, technological, and industrial enterprises and to be able to participate in the critical decisions of the next century affecting human life and its relation to world and local societies and cultures. The program is recommended to all students, from the arts, business, and the humanities to science and environmental studies.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

SCIN 210 SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY
One course in each of the following three categories:
Cultural Contexts of Science and Technology
Historical Contexts of Science and Technology
Social and Institutional Environments of Science and Technology

One course in practicum to be arranged with the approval of a faculty  sponsor and a convener.

Sampling of courses in each category:

Category 1:  Cultural Contexts of Science and Technology

AMER 307 TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE IN AMERICA
AMER 311 AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ARHT 338 AVANT GARDE ART
ARTS 203 FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPUTER ART
CNTP 315 ART AND TECHNOLOGY
COMM 310 APOCALYPTIC VISIONS IN ANIME, FILM, AND MEDIA
COMM 356 MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
HIST 396 HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC IDEAS
MUSI 216 MUSIC, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA
SCIN 346 SURVEY OF SCIENCE FICTIOM
Category 2:  Historical Contexts of Science and Technology
ARHT 214 PHOTOGRAPHY: CONCEPTS AND HISTORY
COMM 209 HISTORY OF TV AND NEW MEDIA
ECON 253 AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
MATH 441 HISTORY OF MATH
PSYC 423 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS IN PSYCHOLOGY
SCIN 235 HISTORICAL TRENDS IN NURSING
Category 3:  Social and Institutional Environments of Science and Technology
ECON 305 INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION
ENST 207 PUBLIC POLICY
ENST 223 ENERGY AND SOCIETY
ENST 305 ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS
ENST 317 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND REGULATION
INFO 315 COMPUTER LAW AND ETHICS
MGMT 324 INVENTION FOR MANAGERS AND SCIENTISTS*
PHIL 328 BIOETHICS
PSYC 306 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES
SCIN 230 COMPUTERS AND SOCIETY
SCIN 434 WOMEN AND SCIENCE
SCIN 435 WRITING ABOUT SCIENCE FOR PUBLIC MEDIA*
* These courses may be taken to satisfy the specified category requirement or to satisfy the minor's practicum requirement.

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.


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