The requirements and course lists below are for the new STS curriculum (effective 9/1/12). A PDF hard copy of the new curriculum is available here but please note that our website and ExploreCourses host the most up-to-date information. 

If you declared STS on the prior curriculum (before 9/1/12) you can download the B.A. requirements here and the B.S. requirements here.

Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) Students

Take 50+ units in a single concentration area. All courses must be chosen from the list of approved courses for student;s concentration (course lists are available online or from the STS Office). At least 8 classes must be from the social science and/or humanities course menus and should form a cohesive focus of courses that build on one another. At least 4 classes must be from the science and engineering course menus and should form a sequence of courses that build on one another (see example sequences in curriculum document available from STS Office). When filling out planned coursework on the curriculum form, please group courses by department where applicable.

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) Students

Take 50+ units in a single concentration area. All courses must be chosen from the list of approved courses for student's concentration (course lists are available online or from the STS Office). At least 8 classes must be from the science and engineering course menu and at least 4 classes must be from social science and/or humanities course menus. The science and engineering courses should include 2-3 sequences of courses that build on one another(see example sequences in curriculum document available from STS Office). When filling out planned coursework on the curriculum form, please group courses by department where applicable.

STS Concentration Areas: Overview

Information Technology, Media & Society

Innovation, Technology & Organizations

Environment & Sustainability

Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Policy, Security & Technology

Self-Designed Concentration

Students interested in this option must submit a 5-page proposal in which they describe their self-designed concentration in detail, compare their proposed area of study to similar majors at Stanford and explain the rationale for why a self-designed concentration is the optimal way to pursue their academic interests. B.S. students must include at least 8 courses from science and /or engineering and at least 4 courses from the humanities and/or social sciencesrelated to their proposed course of study. B.A. students must include at least 8 courses from the humanities and/or social sciences and least 4 courses from science and/or engineering related to their proposed course of study. For both B.A. and B.S. students, the courses should include sequences of classes that build on one another. 

Important Note

All degree courses must be taken (1) for a letter grade where offered and (2) for at least the minimum amount of units approved for STS, even if the course offers registration for fewer credits.