Major and Minor

Co-Major and Minor in STS

Science, Technology, and Society offers a 10-course co-major; at Tufts, co-majors must be chosen in conjunction with another major. This works particularly well for STS, which pairs very well with science, humanities, or social science concentrations. The STS core faculty come from over a dozen departments and are available to serve as advisors if STS is paired with their respective fields.

In addition, there is a 6-course STS minor, in which the student can choose to do a culminating capstone project, such as a research paper or oral presentation (see below). The minor may be of particular interest to students from the School of Engineering as a complement to their major technical field.

Course Listings

Each semester, some courses from around the university will be listed by the program to count towards an STS degree. (See current semester listings.) Of these, some will be designated as General STS classes, and a subset of these as Core STS classes, which are foundational for the major and minor. Students can petition to have other courses counted, including courses taken before officially enrolling in the major.

Tracks of Study

Majors and minors in STS can choose one of the three tracks of study, each of which is an important area of specialization in STS.

  1. Bodies, Health, and Medicine
    Medical anthropology, history of the body, sexuality, madness and psychiatry, public health and development, sociology of disease and epidemics, gesture, movement, and performance in science, animality and human-animal relations, ...
  2. Science and the State
    Scientific policy and planning, ethics in science (incl. bioethics), technological aspects of economic development and underdevelopment, scientific histories of institutional racism, media and physical infrastructure, democracy and science, ...
  3. Mathematics and Modeling
    Ancient and modern history of mathematics, social ramifications of quantification and measurement, computing, game theory and rational choice, ontology and epistemology of the exact sciences, human-algorithm interfaces, models-based reasoning, ...

The tracks are designed to illustrate coherent streams of study and to make it easy to find courses that synergize productively, but they do not exhaust the topics within STS and students are welcome to design a personalized program of classes instead of choosing a track.

Requirements

The major requirements are:

  • Five distinct courses that include at least three of the four course types (General/Bodies/State/Math). Of the five, at least two must be designated Core STS.
  • Two additional courses from within the student's chosen track. (If no track is elected, then these should be chosen from the STS listings in consultation with the advisor.)
  • Any Three additional STS courses chosen in consultation with the advisor.

The minor requirements are:

  • Six distinct courses that include at least two of the four course types (General/Bodies/State/Math). Of the six, at least two must be designated Core STS.
  • One of the courses can be a Capstone Project such as a research paper or oral presentation which integrates the topics and methodologies encountered in the coursework. The capstone can be done in conjunction with a paper already being submitted for another class, as long as an STS advisor has been consulted to recommend appropriate STS readings and sources.