2011-12 Pomona College Catalog 
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Science, Technology and Society Major

Requirements for the Major in Science, Technology and Society

  1. Four “science and technology practice” courses (science and/or engineering)
    STS is about knowledge-making practices, so students should experience those practices directly; laboratories and mathematics are especially significant in producing scientific knowledge, and therefore important “ways of knowing” that students should experience in the process of learning about a particular scientific or engineering field.
    1. One semester of mathematics at the level of first-semester calculus or higher. This requirement may be filled by a comparably advanced course in statistics or principles of computing.
    2. One semester of a laboratory science.
    3. Three of the courses must be in 1 field, count toward a major in that field, or be pre-requisites to courses that count toward a major in that field.
  2. Four “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. Two historical studies courses from STS 080 PO , STS 081 PO , STS 082 PO .
    2. One philosophy of science course from PHIL 103 PO  or PHIL 104 PO .
    3. One “social science approaches” course from STS 001 PO , POLI 149 PO  or ANTH 111 HM .
  3. Three “concentration” courses
    STS electives that relate to the student’s focus in science and/or engineering practice, or courses in a cognate discipline, selected with approval of the advisor. One of these courses may be replaced with a senior thesis. A thesis student chooses a member of the STS field group as an advisor, and a member of the Pomona faculty as second reader. The student’s program must be determined in consultation with both readers and must show intellectual integrity and academic coherence.
    This requirement helps students develop their individual interests. Students might concentrate in a type of STS issue such as a technological controversy, policy problem, or application; or they might seek depth in a cognate discipline (philosophy, anthropology, etc.).
  4. STS 191 PO - Senior Thesis 

Requirements for the Major in STS/Public Policy Analysis (PPA)

This option is designed for students who wish to focus on public policy issues in science, technology and society. It is important to choose this option no later than the second semester of the sophomore year by contacting the program coordinators in both programs.

  1. Five-course public policy sequence:
    1. ECON 051 PO , ECON 052 PO   POLI 135 PO 
    2. POLI 003 PO  or PPA 001 PO POLI 135 PO 
    3. One of the following science and public policy courses: POLI 136 PO , POLI 139 PO , POLI 149 PO , Social Sciences SOSC 124HM, Interdisciplinary ID 187HM, Political Studies POST 133PZ or POST 184 PZ 
  2. Statistics: ECON 057 PO , POLI 090 PO , PSYC 158 PO , or a course approved by the PPA program coordinator
  3. Core courses in history and philosophy of science and technology:
    1. History of science and technology: two from STS 080 PO , STS 081 PO , STS 082 PO 
    2. Philosophy of science and technology: PHIL 103 PZ  or PHIL 104 PO 
  4. Four courses in mathematics (MATH 030 PO  or above), science and/or engineering (including experimental and physiological psychology, excluding the statistics requirement above):
    1. One semester of a laboratory science
    2. Three courses in one field that count toward a major in that field, or that are prerequisites to courses that count toward a major in that field
  5. PPA 190 PO , PPA 191 PO , PPA 195 PO , three-course internship thesis sequence