Advising is available to students through student, staff, and faculty roles.
Student Services Officer
Advises students in the process of declaring and current majors to ensure that students' initial plans, revisions, and change requests will satisfy all requirements for the program. The Student Services Officer also collaborates with the students to create and maintain a curriculum plan that captures both the student's area of interest and will provide an understanding of program's conceptual framework of science, technology and society.
Provides oversight to all curriculum plans. All declaring students will have their curriculum plans reviewed by the Associate Director from an academic perspective before they are approved. Cohesiveness intellectual coherence, strong technical sequences, strong analytical coursework, engagement with STS frameworks and coherence are all considerations when reviewing curriculum plans. All petitions but be approved by the Associate Director.
Acts as an intellectual mentor to students in a way similar to pre-major advisors. Our diverse pool of faculty advisors belong to various departments around campus. Meetings between faculty advisors and advisee typically include "big picture" conversations about the students academic interests, goals, challenges, and possible research opportunities. This allows students to have the opportunity to build rapport with a faculty members beyond the classroom. Students should be proactive in reaching out to their assigned advisor. We encourage students to with their advisor at least twice per year, however, the more they meet, the more rewarding the relationship will be.
Writing Resources for STS Majors
Excellent communication is valuable in any field; at Stanford, the bulk of one’s academic work is demonstrated and delivered in various writing or speaking tasks. In an interdisciplinary program like STS, communication has an added value: to allow engineers to speak with policy makers and code designers to confer with ethicists. In the bigger picture, excellent communication allows its practitioners to make these cross-pollinations fruitful--to connect different areas of study in productive and innovative projects without losing coherence, specificity, or depth.