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University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor in Science Fiction

The Minor in Science Fiction (SF) provides students the opportunity to study this popular and important genre while completing their general education requirements. Students in the minor will study the history of SF in literature, film, and television, and explore the traditions of SF as they intersect with ongoing cultural debates about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and other social categories that structure identity. Students will also study how science and culture interact through SF to shape our understandings of exploration, progress, and the future.


Students interested in the minor should confer with an advisor in the Arts and Letters Advisement Center (on the second floor of the Music Building) or the Department of Liberal Studies (ET A405).

Requirements for the Minor (18 units)

Required Courses in the History of Science Fiction (6 units)

Students must take the following two courses to give them a basic foundation in the major media histories of science fiction:

Electives (12 units) including 4000-level requirement

Students must take four electives chosen from the courses below. At least one course must be taken in “Social and Cultural Dimensions of Science,” at least one course must be taken in “Traditions of Science Fiction,” and at least one course must be at the 4000-level.


* Indicates courses in the minor that are a part of the General Education Curriculum.