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How do I take a course for my major that is not on the pre-approved course list(s)?

COURSE PETITIONS: STS majors 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 Core requirements. If the course is taken at another institution, Stanford must first award you Stanford credit if you would like the course to be considered in lieu of an STS requirement. The STS Director and/or Associate Director will review all petitions and the final decision will be communicated via email.

COURSE NOMINATIONS: If a course is offered consistently by Stanford (including BOSP/SIW/SINY courses), Stanford faculty and declared STS majors may nominate the course for permanent inclusion in the STS curriculum. The STS Curriculum Committee reviews nominations once a year during summer quarter. If approved, the course will be permanently added to the curriculum for the upcoming academic year.

Why would you nominate a course? New and relevant courses are being offered all the time but it is impossible for us to keep track of every department’s offerings each year. Nominations bring new courses to the attention of the STS Curriculum Committee and, if approved, directly benefit our majors. This is a great opportunity for students and faculty to get involved with, and give back to, the STS program. Each nomination is reviewed in the context of all five concentrations so if a course is already approved for one concentration, but not another, it cannot be re-nominated. If you would like to find out if a course has been previously nominated, please contact the Student Services Officer. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2018-2019 academic year is Monday, June 25th. Nominations submitted after this deadline will be reviewed in Summer 2019.

NOTE: Freshmen seminars are not eligible for petition or nomination.

Course petition and course nomination forms are available online