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ITWS Concentration: Science and Technology Studies - Information and Society
(Humanities, Arts and Social Science)

For those entering the program Fall 2011 semester & beyond

Contact Person: Atsushi Akera


Whether they are in business, government, or the professions, Science and Technology Studies (STS) graduates report that they are uniquely prepared to understand today's multi-faceted problems. STS is a perfect companion to ITWS for those students who wish to combine their technical expertise in ITWS with a deep understanding of ITWS's place in the world. The STS Department has achieved an international reputation for its research and teaching on the social effects of science and technology and, likewise, the impact of society on the shaping of science and technology. STS faculty draw on anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and social psychology to develop unique interdisciplinary courses about the place of science and technology in today's world. Students generally specialize in a cluster of courses in one of the five main “tracks”: information and society, environment and society, health and society, engineering and society, and law, values, and public policy. The information and society track includes the introductory course Information, Society and Culture , plus a selection of more advanced courses such as Ethical Issues in Computing , History of Information Technology , and Information, Law, and Policy . A special public service internship allows students to gain hands-on experience in a local nonprofit, government or public-service organization. Some students with STS degrees go on to graduate programs in law, management, social science, public policy, public health and medicine. The rest enter the workforce immediately, often in government, the nonprofit sector, or in consulting firms. It is possible to develop a dual major between ITWS and STS by taking the designated sequence of eight courses that is indicated in the following template.

Required Courses:
Semester I Semester II

ITWS-1100 Introduction to Information Technology and Web Science

STSS-1110 Science, Technology and Society

CSCI-1100 Computer Science I

MATH-1010 Calculus I

CSCI-1200 Data Structures

ITWS-1220 IT and Society

HASS Elective (2)

Math Elective (1)

Semester III Semester IV

ITWS-2110 Web Systems Development

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2610 Computer Components and Operations and ENGR-2350 Embedded Control
- CSCI-2500 Computer Organization

STSS-2250 Information, Society and Culture

Life Science Elective (BIOL-XXXX)

ITWS-4200 Web Science

ITWS-2210 Intro to Human Computer Interaction

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2660 Computer Arch, Networks and OS
- CSCI-2300 Introduction to Algorithms

One of:
- STSS-2350 Law, Values and Public Policy: Perspectives on Science and Technology
- STSS-2200 Engineering, Design and Society

Semester V Semester VI

ITWS-4310 Managing IT Resources

One of:
- ITWS-2961 Creativity and IT
- ITWS-496X IT for Arts and Performance

STSH-4210 Engineering Ethics

4000 Level STS Course

ITWS Elective (one of):
- CSCI-4380 Database Systems
- MGMT-4170 Data Resource Management

STSS-4800 Public Service Internship

Physical Science Elective (PHYS-XXXX)

HASS Elective (2)

Semester VII Semester VIII

One of: (3)
- ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone (Professional Track)
- ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track)

4000 level STS course

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

STSS-4980 STS Senior Project (Capstone)

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

Free Elective

ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track Only)

Students must satisfy an 8-credit communication requirement. See your advisor for details.

(1) Select either the three-course ECSE sequence or the two-course CSCI sequence. If the ECSE sequence is chosen, ENGR-2350 will replace one free elective slot. Move the Life Science Elective to a semester with a free elective. If the CSCI Sequence is chosen, your math elective in Semester II must be MATH-2800 Intro to Discrete Structures. If a student is planning to apply to the co-terminal MS in IT program, they need to select the CSCI sequence.

(2) See HASS requirements

(3) Co-terminal students would replace ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone with ITWS-4980 Special Projects course which will be the culminating experience.

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