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)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
12:30 PM
1:20 PM
Disciplinary Requirement: Social Science and Humanities (Program Core) - 4 Courses
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

AMSTUD 145

Kessler, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Garcia, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
12:50 PM

Hansen, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM
10:50 AM

Luhrmann, T. (PI)
Mason, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Gisch, D. (TA)
Shanks, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Fishkin, J. (PI)
Kim, Y. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday
4:30 PM
7:20 PM

Pomerantz, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM

Li, X. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Holt, A. (PI)
Palumbo-Liu, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM

Naylor, R. (PI)
Zhong, C. (TA)
Nyakundi, F. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Spring

McFarland, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

McFarland, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

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

2022 - 2023
Spring

Wednesday
3:00 PM
5:50 PM

Riskin, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Bambos, N. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Ryckman, T. (PI)
Friesacher, A. (TA)
Pereira, A. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Friedman, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Ryckman, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Ryckman, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Mastro, O. (PI)
Rodriguez, L. (PI)
Russell, E. (TA)
Napier, C. (TA)
Peters, S. (TA)
Sagan, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Disciplinary Requirement: Science and Engineering (Program Core) - 2 Courses
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

Daily, G. (PI)
Tallam, K. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM

Daily, G. (PI)
Tallam, K. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM

Trounce, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
12:30 PM
2:20 PM

Altman, R. (PI)
Magnus, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
4:30 PM
5:50 PM

Jacobson, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Kopperud, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

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

2022 - 2023
Winter

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM

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

2022 - 2023
Spring

Gragg, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Sahami, M. (PI)
Reich, R. (PI)
Kini, K. (TA)
Liu, A. (TA)
Yang, C. (TA)
Propp, J. (TA)
Liu, C. (TA)
Stowell, C. (TA)
Kohrman, A. (TA)
Venkat, S. (TA)
Berman, E. (TA)
Yang, A. (TA)
Korkmaz, E. (TA)
Wu, Y. (TA)
Larkin, K. (TA)
Jiang, S. (TA)
Weinstein, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)
Tucker, A. (TA)
Mendillo, J. (TA)
Passos de Souza, O. (TA)
Parish, W. (TA)
Ndegwa, J. (TA)
Frank, Z. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM

Openshaw, J. (PI)
Jones, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Lepech, M. (PI)
Onyenkpa, C. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Lepech, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Fong, D. (PI)
Lepech, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

Jaffe, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
4:30 PM
5:50 PM

Jaffe, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
4:30 PM
5:50 PM

Lin, H. (PI)
Kumar, R. (TA)
Rajesh, N. (TA)
Velaise, T. (TA)
Cruz, A. (TA)
Bhaskara, V. (TA)
Legrand, A. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
Senior Requirement: Senior Capstone
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

Edwards, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Banks, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

McFarland, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
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HISTORY 140
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