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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
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Technology Studies Concentration

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Technology Studies


Janet Davis


Douglas Caulkins
Michael Guenther
Andrew Kaufmann
Sam Rebelsky
James Swartz
John Whittaker
Sujeev Wickramasekara

This concentration examines technology and the role it plays in society. Courses provide a bridge between humanities, science, and social studies by integrating material from all three divisions. The study of technology not only crosses the divide between pure and applied science, but also between scientific and social or humanist perspectives on the development and role of technology. Students are required to obtain a grounding in laboratory science and statistics, take at least one foundation course, at least two specific technology courses, participate in an internship in a technological setting, and complete an independent study project or technology seminar, normally during the senior year.

Required, 24 credits as follows:

1. Eight credits from courses in the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, or psychology, creditable toward those majors.

MAT 115 - Introduction to Statistics , SST 115 - Introduction to Statistics  or MAT 209 - Applied Statistics , may be used for 4 of the 8 credits. ENV 111 - Introductory Geology  or ENV 125 - Introduction to Earth Systems Science with Lab  may be used for 4 of the 8 credits.

2. 4 credits:

3. At least two specific technology courses (8 credits)

Specific technology courses are often selected from the following. Upon approval by the concentration chair, other specific technology courses, such as special topics courses, can be used to meet this requirement.

4. A technology-related seminar or independent study project (4 credits)

The concentration also includes two noncredit-bearing requirements.

5. An internship in technology

The internship may be completed during the summer or academic year, either locally or at an approved off-campus program with internship and seminar components. The internship must be approved in advance by the concentration chair.

6. A public presentation

Students are expected to give a public presentation in a class or colloquium, drawing upon the internship experience and the seminar or independent study project.

Technology Studies Course Descriptions


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