This list of pre-approved courses is intended to inspire, not to require.  These are some examples of courses that have been used for this submajor in the past.  Each student should individualize the submajor around their interests and goals.  

Look for courses within SAS and other schools at Penn.  Discuss your goals for the submajor with the STSC Chair or Associate Director.

Up to three (3) non-College courses* may be in the submajor.  
Up to two science courses 2000-level and above may count for the submajor where appropriate.


Departmental Courses

STSC 1101: Science and Literature (ENGL 1509)
STSC 1201: Darwin’s Legacy
STSC 2018: Science in the Public
STSC 2644: Artifical Subjects: Golems, Homunculi, Robots, and Cyborgs
STSC 3036: Space/Power/Species (ANTH 3036, DSGN 3036)
STSC 3185: Global Radiation History: Living in the Atomic Age 1945 - Present (HSOC 3185)
STSC 3657: Technology and Democracy
STSC 3824: Animals in Science, Medicine and Technology 

Non-departmental Courses

ANTH 2080: Anthropology of Futurity (DSGN 3120)
ANTH 1410: Public Policy, Museums and the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (ARTH 0141)
ANTH 258: Visualizing the Past
ANTH 3368: Anthropology of Museums
ANTH 2060: Cultures of Science and Technology
ANTH 2317: Politics of Matter and the Matter of Politics
ANTH 3215: Archeology of Animals
ANTH 3595: Ecologies of Belonging (URBS 3595)
ARTH 3621: Prints and Politics: From the Early Modern Era to Our Times (ENGL 2621)
CIMS 271: Visualizing the Future
CLST 3505: Greek and Roman Medicine
COMM 3180: Stories from data
ENGL 0766: Virtual Bodies, Virtual Worlds
ENGL 1595: Ecocritical Lit: Nature, Ecology, and the Literary Imagination
ENGL 3414: Advanced Journalistic Writing: Journalistic Storytelling
GRMN 1130: Water Worlds
GSWS 2420: Science of Sex and Sexuality
GSWS 3136: Queer Science
GSWS 5650: More Human than Human
PHIL 3800: Topic in Philosophy of Science
RELS 2120: Animals and Religion
VLST 2230: Philosophy and Visual Perception (PHIL 2843)
VLST 3030: Rise of Image Culture (ARTH 3070)

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Updated 2/10/2023