The Minor in Science, Technology & Society (STS) focuses on social science approaches to science, technology, and medicine, including history, sociology, anthropology, and policy studies. Scientific, technical, and medical analysis of social problems is also within its scope. It is sponsored by the Residential College, but is open to all U-M undergraduates.
The minor helps students learn about such issues as:
- How science, technology, and medicine shape modern societies
- How social and political forces, choices, and values affect science, technology, and medicine
- How the social dynamics of science, technology, and medicine differ among world societies
- How issues of gender, race, and class appear in science, technology, and medicine
STS minors learn multiple methods for studying and solving boundary-spanning problems, including not only traditional discipline-based approaches, but also interdisciplinary and experimental ones.
None, the minor is open to all University of Michigan undergraduates.
A minimum of 5 courses, for at least 18 credits from the STS Course List
- Meet with an STS minor advisor
- Core course (RC SocSci 275/History 285)
- 3 electives chosen from the STS Course List
- 1 research seminar chosen from the STS Course List
Students must also take one cognate (a lab-based course in natural science, computer science, or engineering). Each student must choose a focus track in consultation with an STS Program advisor.