Approved Program Core Courses

All STS majors must complete both Program Core and Concentration Core requirements. This page describes the Program Core. Concentration Core requirements are available under each concentration.

STS Program Core Requirements:

  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.

    1. Social Science and Humanities Program Core (PC) Courses. Must complete 4 courses.

    2. Engineering and Science Program Core (PC) Courses. Must complete 2 courses.

  3. Senior Requirement:

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

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

  4. Unit/Grade Requirement: 26+ units; 8 course minimum with C grade minimum

STS Program Core Courses:

  • Employ analytical approaches commonly used in STS
  • Expose students to topics, theories, methods, and ways of thinking important in STS, including (but not limited to) sociotechnical systems, infrastructure, path dependence, social constructivism, ethics, constitutionalism, ethnography, actor-network theory, or history and politics of science, technology, and medicine
  • Cannot be substituted or petitioned

Requirements & Approved Courses: View a hard copy of our requirements and approved course here. Courses on this list are updated once per year. Please refer to the accordions on our website and ExploreCourses for the most up-to-date information. 

Gateway Requirement: STS 1 (strongly recommended prior to declaring)
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

Mullaney, T. (PI)
Martinez, N. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
Disciplinary Requirement: Social Science and Humanities (Program Core) - 4 Courses
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

AMSTUD 145

Kessler, E. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Kohrman, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Huzaafa, H. (TA)
Demir, D. (TA)
Hansen, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Neiman, A. (TA)
Fullwiley, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
5:30 PM
7:00 PM

Fishkin, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday
5:30 PM
8:30 PM

Pomerantz, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Li, X. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

D'Apice, H. (TA)
LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

D'Apice, H. (TA)
LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Elam, M. (PI)
Utterback, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Schiebinger, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Proctor, R. (PI)
Parish, W. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Daly, J. (PI)
Johnston, H. (TA)
Cortigiani, F. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Schiebinger, L. (PI)
Harmse, K. (GP)
Parish, W. (GP)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Wolfe, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

HISTORY 203C

Proctor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM

HISTORY 239T

Satia, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Ryckman, T. (PI)
Wilcox, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Friedman, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Ryckman, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Ryckman, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Mastro, O. (PI)
Carlson, M. (PI)
Nelson, R. (TA)
Dalton, M. (TA)
Napier, C. (TA)
Bate, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Kieschnick, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Granovetter, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Robinson, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Disciplinary Requirement: Science and Engineering (Program Core) - 2 Courses
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

Daily, G. (PI)
Farner, J. (TA)
Nathan, N. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Daily, G. (PI)
Farner, J. (TA)
Nathan, N. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Trounce, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

Altman, R. (PI)
Magnus, D. (PI)
Patnaik, R. (TA)
Samuel-Gama, K. (TA)
Li, P. (TA)
Washington, P. (TA)
Maikawa, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Jacobson, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Kopperud, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

Swisher, J. (PI)
Hummel, H. (PI)
Lovins, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Hummel, H. (PI)
Lovins, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Gragg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Wong-Parodi, G. (PI)
Ouyang, D. (PI)
Suckale, J. (PI)
Srinivas, S. (TA)
Duan, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Sahami, M. (PI)
Reich, R. (PI)
Weinstein, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Diffenbaugh, N. (PI)
Burke, M. (PI)
Lobell, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)
Grattan, T. (TA)
Kushel, C. (TA)
Belongia, M. (TA)
Robles-Baez, C. (TA)
Stock, A. (TA)
Frank, Z. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Yasmin, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Wong-Parodi, G. (PI)
Berlin Rubin, N. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Lepech, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Lepech, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Lepech, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

Lin, H. (PI)
Kumar, R. (TA)
Rajesh, N. (TA)
Tokuyama, D. (TA)
O'Donohue, A. (TA)
Alpert, L. (TA)
Person, H. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Senior Requirement: Senior Capstone
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

Edwards, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Banks, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

D'Apice, H. (TA)
LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Not Currently Offered
Title

ANTHRO 41
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Core, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Life Sciences and Health Core

CEE 136
Tagged for:
Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Core Engineering and Science

CLASSICS 151
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Core, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global

COMM 120W
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Core Social Science and Humanities - WIM, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural

COMM 142W
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - WIM

COMM 184
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural

COMPLIT 207
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core

CS 181W
Tagged for:
Core Engineering and Science, Core Engineering and Science - WIM

HISTORY 79C
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities

HISTORY 179C
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global

HISTORY 234P
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core

HISTORY 235D
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Core Social Science and Humanities

MS&E 130
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Technical, Innovation and Organization Technical, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Technical, Core Social Science and Humanities

PHIL 85
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Core, Core Social Science and Humanities, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural

PHIL 167A
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities

POLISCI 233F
Tagged for:
Politics and Policy Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global

STS 151
Tagged for:
Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

STS 166
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Communication and Media Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

STS 200A
Tagged for:
STS Senior Capstone

STS 200L
Tagged for:
STS Senior Capstone

STS 200M
Tagged for:
STS Senior Capstone

STS 200T
Tagged for:
STS Senior Capstone, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural