2021-2022 Pitzer Catalog 
    Jul 04, 2022  
2021-2022 Pitzer Catalog

Science, Technology and Society Major

Requirements for the Major

  1. Three “science and technology practice” courses
    STS is about knowledge-making practices, so students should experience those practices directly. Students must take three courses in a STEM field (science, mathematics, computer science, or engineering) that all fulfill requirements for majoring in that STEM field, of which at least one course must have a prerequisite in that STEM field or be second (or greater) in a sequence required for that major.
  2. STS 010 HM - Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
  3. Three “context and theory” courses
    These courses explicitly examine science and technology as social institutions, and explore the theories, concepts and methods one encounters in doing so.
  1. One historical studies course from STS 081 PZ  or HIST 081 HM, HIST 082 HM, STS 083 PZ 
  2. One philosophy of science course from PHIL 007 PO, PHIL 103 PO or PHIL 104 PO or PHIL 104 PO  
  3. One “social science approaches” course from POLI 136 PO, POLI 149 PO,ANTH 111 HM, POST 186 PZ  
  1. Three additional STS courses in History or Philosophy or Social Sciences. This requirement asks students to acquire depth in one of the main disciplinary areas of STS. One of these courses may be replaced with a senior thesis. A thesis student chooses a member of the STS field group as a primary mentor in the research project, and will also need a second reader; one of these must be a member of the Pomona faculty. The student’s program must be determined in consultation with both readers and must show intellectual integrity and academic coherence.
  2. Two STS electives
  3. STS 190 PO - Senior Integrative Seminar