Submajors provide the opportunity for students to explore their particular interest within STS by developing an individualized program. Each student assembles a program of four courses that help them explore a topic, problem, theme or question. These may be selected from courses offered within and beyond the History and Sociology of Science department.


Submajor Guidelines

  • Submajors are made up of courses selected by the student.
  • For each submajor, there is a list of pre-approved courses. These are meant to inspire, not require; they are provided as examples of possible ways the submajor can be individualized around student interests and goals.  
  • Students may petition courses for their chosen submajor (see below). 
  • Up to two science courses that are 200-level or higher may be included in the submajor .
  • Up to three non-College courses may be included in the submajor.

How to Petition Courses for the Submajor

  • Submit a syllabus and petition form to the STSC program chair or Associate Director. STSC Request Form.docx
  • The purpose of a petition is to make an argument as to how this course fits in the submajor with the other courses that are there. 
  • Petitions should be submitted promptly during or just after the semester in which the course occurs. Seniors need to submit before the end of add period in their last semester.