Minor in STEM in Society (CHSS)

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The STEM in Society minor develops strategic and critical thinking capabilities to better understand how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as medicine, impact the human experience - past, present, and future. It provides a broad perspective of the STEM fields, to include how advances are developed, how they fit into the wider context of society and culture, and how historical contexts have in turn shaped advances in these fields. 

The skills and competencies gained from this minor are useful to those seeking work in the tech and health care industries, as well as fields like international development and public policy or in non-profits, the government, or think tanks.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Course

HIST 315 STEM and Society: A History 3
Total Credits 3


Select 12 credits from any of the following courses 12
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History
History of Aviation
The Digital Past
BIOL 301
Biology and Society (Mason Core)
COS 301
Great Ideas in Science (Mason Core)
Medicine and Health
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Humans, Disease, and Death (Mason Core)
Scientific Racism and Human Variation
Medical Anthropology
Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health
Global Health (Mason Core)
Health and Environment
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Environment and Culture
CEIE 100
Environmental Engineering around the World (Mason Core)
CLIM 101
Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core)
EVPP 436
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change
GGS 307
Geographic Approaches for Sustainable Development
Science and Technology
Darwin: Biology and Beyond (Mason Core)
Work, Technology, and Society: An IT Perspective
Big Data, Technology, and Society
Science in the News (Mason Core)
Digital Futures
IT in the Global Economy
COS 400
Problem Solving and Leadership in STEAM
EVPP 432
Energy Policy
EVPP 361
Introduction to Environmental Policy
NUTR 318
Global Nutrition and Food Security
NUTR 440
Nutrition Policy
BENG 475
Special Topics Courses (with permission of minor director when topic is related to STEM in Society)
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)
Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core)
Issues in Anthropology
Special Topics in Sociology
Global Affairs Capstone (Mason Core)
Topics in Global Affairs
ENGR 499
Special Topics in Engineering
Special Topics
Special Topics
NUTR 495
Nutrition and Food Studies Capstone
Special Topics in Global and Community Health
Total Credits 12