Drawing from the traditions of critical science studies scholarship in a wide variety of disciplines, this minor examines the social and cultural dimensions of science and its technological and medical applications. While deepening students’ knowledge of the sciences, the minor explores the social and cultural imperatives that shape science and its applications. The minor also studies the influence of the sciences on social formations and cultural productions. The minor is designed for students interested in science-focused careers in law, journalism, education, publishing, government, business, and nonprofit work. This minor also incorporates some of the recommended courses and electives for students seeking careers in medicine; as such, it provides a useful supplement for premed students pursuing majors in the natural sciences. Students interested in careers in medicine should consult with the Health Careers Advisement Office (Biology 170 and 174) to discuss the recommended courses and preparation appropriate for their career goals.
Students from any major may select this minor in order to deepen their understanding of science, technology, and medicine. Students interested in the minor should contact a Liberal Studies advisor.