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Director, Associate Professor James Fleming
Advisory Committee: Professors Murray Campbell (Physics and Astronomy), Daniel Cohen (Philosophy), F. Russell Cole (Biology), Elizabeth DeSombre (Government and Environmental Studies), Frank Fekete (Biology), Fleming (Science, Technology, and Society), Henry Gemery (Economics), Jonathan Hallstrom (Music), Homer Hayslett (Mathematics), Paul Josephson (History), Thomas Longstaff (Religious Studies), Robert McArthur (Philosophy), Leonard Reich (Administrative Science and Science, Technology, and Society), Dale Skrien (Mathematics and Computer Science), Ted Underwood (English)
Science and technology have become increasingly important components of our world, changing the ways we live, work, and think. The well being of individuals, nations, and, ultimately, our Earth depends in part on technoscientific developments that are part of the process shaping both the social fabric and the natural environment.
By choosing from a variety of electives, students in the Science, Technology, and Society Program are introduced to critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the interactions of science, technology, and society. Students gain an understanding of the historical and social dimensions of science and technology; they also become better-informed citizens of our high-tech society.
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is the "minor for all majors"no special technical expertise is required. Students may also propose an independent major in science, technology, and society.
Requirements for the Minor in Science Technology and Society
Required Science, Technology, and Society courses
Science, Technology, and Society electives (choose at least two)
Additional electives (choose up to two)
112s Science, Technology, and Society Critical perspectives on the social aspects of science and technology in our lives, in the world around us, and throughout history. Issues include gender, communications, war, and the environment. Four credit hours. S. REICH
 The Shadow of the Bomb Listed as Physics 115 (q.v.). Three credit hours.
 Environment and Society Listed as Environmental Studies 118 (q.v.). Four credit hours.
 Sailing Explores the many aspects of sailing as a human experience: sailing as history, science, engineering, technique, competition, exploration, philosophy, psychology, business, craft, and song. Readings, lectures, videos, outside speakers, visits to a sailmaker and boatbuilder. Three credit hours.
 Native Natural Knowledge An introduction to systems of natural knowledge in the non-Western world. The focus is on living traditions in Africa, Australia, China, Japan, and native North and South America. Emphasis is on diversity with a view to articulating both a personal philosophy and a global environmental synthesis. Four credit hours. H, D.
215s Global Change: Environmental Science and Society A comprehensive introduction to the science of global change and its social dimensions. Topics include the composition, structure, and circulation of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans; air pollution, ozone depletion, El Niño, and climate change. Offered with Biology 298 as an integrated cluster; may be elected separately. Four credit hours. N. FLEMING
 Industry, Technology, and Society, 1750-1915 An examination of the processes by which rapid technological developments took place in America, including the stimuli and constraints on inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, and corporations; attempts by government to control technology; and the impact that evolving technology and industry had on social values. Also listed as Administrative Science 250. Four credit hours. H.
251f Industry, Technology, and Society since 1900 An examination of developments in American technology and industry during the course of this century. Major topics include the rise of the auto, electrical, computer, and communications industries; the importance of research, development, and marketing to the growth and diversification of the economy; environmental and agricultural issues; and atomic energy. Also listed as Administrative Science 251. Four credit hours. H. REICH
271f History of Science in America A survey of the social, intellectual, and institutional development of science in America from colonial times to the present. Topics include scientists' roles in government, education, and industry; science in war; women in science; and the emergence of America as a leading scientific nation. Four credit hours. H. FLEMING
281s Global Environmental History Perspectives from the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. A seminar examining the history of environmental issues from the different perspectives of the South and the North. The course will meet on occasion in the video conferencing center for discussions with international experts from the Southern Hemisphere. Readings and discussion will emphasize responses to past environmental changes through the historical lenses of gender, race, class, privilege, and other differences. Four credit hours. H. FLEMING
297f Technology and the Millennium The role of technology in shaping both religious and secular hopes and expectations, including the Faustian quest for ultimate knowledge, power, and control. Topics include technological enthusiasm since the Middle Ages, in early American history, and as manifested by atomic weapons, space travel, robotics, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering. Seminar format will emphasize reading and discussion of primary sources. Three credit hours. FLEMING
298As Medical Technology, Ethics, and Society A seminar on the development of modern medicine and the role of professional bodies in setting ethical guidelines for their members in light of the increasing complexity of modern medicine and technology. Topics will include reproductive technology and genetic information; donation of organs, xenotransplantation, and euthanasia; research and clinical trials; medical negligence and risk management; dilemmas in the treatment of psychiatric patients or those with a mental disability. Four credit hours. MADDEN
298Bs Luddite Rantings: A Historical Critique of Big Technology Listed as History 298D (q.v.). Four credit hours. H. JOSEPHSON
298Cs Dilemmas in Health Care Listed as AD298 (q.v.) Four credit hours. MADDEN
298Ds Global Change: Life Science and Society Listed as BI298 (q.v.) Prerequisite: Four credit hours. NYHUS
 Technology, War, and Society A seminar on the role of technology in warfare and the military's broader influence on society from antiquity to the end of the Cold War. Topics include causes of war, military research and development, the rise of the national security state, high-tech warfare, and the future of war. Four credit hours. H.
398s Computers and Computing Since 1945 The development of electronic digital computers from their earliest days to the present. Topics include computer use by business and government; programming languages and software; time sharing and user interfaces; hardware developments; and the computer-communications revolution of the 1990s. Emphasis will be placed on computer industry dynamics and on the effects of innovative computer uses. Four credit hours. REICH
485f The Craft of Research I Readings and seminar discussions to prepare students for independent research. Students will identify a research topic, conduct a literature review, and write a formal proposal for a final integrative project. Open to all seniors. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Three credit hours. FLEMING
486s The Craft of Research II The second part of a year-long "capstone" research experience. Students will complete a final integrative project and present a public seminar. Prerequisite: Science, Technology, and Society 485. Three credit hours. FLEMING
491f, 492s Independent Study Independent study in areas in which the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the program director. One to four credit hours. FACULTY
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