Minor in Science and Technology Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Science and Technology Studies

Upon completing the minor in Science and Technology Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Read scientific, technological and historical texts critically, assessing their social, cultural, and political origins and ramifications.
  2. Identify the social determinants of science and technology in historical and contemporary contexts.
  3. Understand the interplay of social and historical factors that have resulted in particular scientific and technological outcomes.
  4. Pursue research projects using published sources, technical and experimental data, and archival materials.
  5. Analyze data using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  6. Build strong arguments in their written work and oral presentations.

Requirements for the Minor in Science and Technology Studies

Students pursuing in the minor in Science and Technology Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Science and Technology Studies18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements 1
School of Humanities
Select 1 course from the following:3
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
HISTORY OF MODERN SCIENCE
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
School of Social Sciences
Select 1 course from the following:3
BLACK FEMINIST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
INFRASTRUCTURES AND POWER
FEMINIST SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
Elective Requirements 1,2
Select 4 courses as Electives (see course list below)12
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements 

Elective Requirements1

Select a minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the courses listed below to satisfy Elective Requirements.

ANTH 321SOCIAL LIFE OF DNA3
ANTH 342ETHNOGRAPHIES OF CARE3
ANTH 381MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 417ONTOLOGIES, VITALITIES, THINGS3
ANTH 419BLACK FEMINIST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY STUDIES 23
ANTH 422INFRASTRUCTURES AND POWER 23
ANTH 428FEMINIST SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES 23
ANTH 444CULTURE, PSYCHIATRY, AND MENTAL ILLNESS3
ASIA 236BUDDHISM AND SCIENCE3
ASIA 356GENOMIC GOVERNANCE IN ASIA3
ASIA 357ALGORITHMIC CULTURES IN ASIA3
COMP 301COMPUTER ETHICS3
DSCI 305DATA, ETHICS, AND SOCIETY3
ENGL 273 / SWGS 273MEDICINE AND MEDIA 23
HIST 233HISTORY OF MODERN SCIENCE 23
HIST 300INDEPENDENT STUDY 31-4
HIST 312ENVIRONMENT, MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA3
HIST 314HISTORY OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE3
HIST 319ATOMIC AMERICA3
HIST 321US ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY3
HIST 325THE CENTURY OF THE GENE: HISTORY OF GENETICS AND EUGENICS3
HIST 346COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY 23
HIST 430HISTORIES OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN ASIA3
HIST 449LAW IN THE DIGITAL WORLD3
MDHM 238SPECIAL TOPICS 31-4
MUSI 221MUSIC, MAGIC, AND SCIENCE IN THE MODERN WORLD3
PHIL 460ADVANCED TOPICS IN ETHICS 33
SOCI 314SCIENCE AT RISK? OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO PUBLIC SPHERE3
SOCI 460SPATIAL ANALYSIS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES3

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Minor in Science and Technology Studies

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Science and Technology Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Science and Technology Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the minor.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the School of Humanities website: https://humanities.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the Minor in Science and Technology Studies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the School of Humanities website: https://humanities.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.