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Requirements & Policies

STS students take a set of Core STS Courses and a set of Socio-Cultural and Technical Courses in a selected Concentration Area. In putting their program together (on a B.A. or B.S. Form), students are advised to review the STS Program Policies below. Students are encouraged to select courses in both the Core and Concentration Area around an identifiable set of topics and issues in STS, as well at least one technical set of skills to develop a greater sense of expertise and application for their program. A student’s curriculum plan, initially and with any changes, must be reviewed and approved by the STS Associate Director and Undergraduate Advisor. The goal of that review is to help students maximize the intellectual coherence of their engagement with foundational ideas and approaches in STS, while developing strengths in the social sciences, humanities, science, and engineering. Information about pursuing a self-designed Concentration Area can be found here.


STS CORE REQUIREMENTS (26+ units; 8 course minimum with C grade minimum)

  1. Gateway Requirement: STS 1 (strongly recommended prior to declaring)

  2. Disciplinary Requirement: Should include at least one Writing in the Major (WIM) course and one STS Global course.

    • Engineering and Science Core Courses (complete 2 courses)

    • Social Science and Humanities Core Courses (complete 4 courses)

  3. Senior Requirement:

           1.STS 200: Senior Capstone (4 or 5 units)

                                              or

            2. STS 299: Honors Program (10+ units)


CONCENTRATION AREA (50+ units; 12 course minimum)

1. B.A. degree requirements for the concentration areas

  • 8 Socio-cultural courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area.

  • 4 Technical courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area.

**Note that the 50-unit requirement may require taking additional courses**

2. B.S. degree requirements for the concentration area

  • 8 Technical courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area.

  • 4 Socio-cultural courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area.

**Note that the 50-unit requirement may require taking additional courses**

TOTAL: 76+ UNITS


STS PROGRAM POLICIES

  • All degree courses must be taken for a letter grade if offered. If declared after 8/31/2013, must receive a minimum grade of C in all Core Courses.

  • Courses cannot be taken for less than the minimum amount of units listed in the attached course menus, even if the course is offered for fewer units.

  • Courses may not be double-counted toward both Core and Concentration Area requirements.

  • AP credit does not count toward the STS major.

  • Students may use only one introductory computer science course, CS 105 OR CS 106A, toward STS Core & Concentration Area requirements if declared after 8/31/2013.

  • Students are responsible for any prerequisites. It is recommended that STS majors take the Math Calculus sequence (or have AP credit), as many Technical Courses approved for Concentration Areas require it.

  • Students may count no more than two approved course petitions (subject to STS staff approval) toward their individual STS Concentration Area requirements (courses may not be petitioned for the Core). Freshmen seminars are not eligible for petition.  

  • Transfer students may petition equivalent and/or relevant STS coursework from institutions outside Stanford University, provided the Registrar has already awarded transfer credit. All such petitions are subject to approval by the STS staff approval.