H & SS Information

 

 

Institute-Wide H&SS Core Requirements (24 Credits)

All students working toward a BS degree are required to take a selection of Humanities and Social Science courses that is referred to as the H&SS core. It consists of 24 credit hours*, or six courses distributed in such a way as to afford students a breadth of perspective across the various disciplines as well as a more in-depth experience in at least one area.


* Engineering students take two of those credit hours automatically as professional development in their engineering design sequence.


Distribution Requirements

To ensure that students have breadth in their core courses, students must select at least two courses (8 credit hours) from each of the lists below.

Humanities

Prefix

Foreign Languages

LANG

Literature

LITR

Communication

COMM

Writing

WRIT

Arts

ARTS

Philosophy

PHIL

Science & Technology Studies, Humanities

STSH

Interdisciplinary Studies

IHSS

Social Sciences

Prefix

Economics

ECON

Science & Technology Studies, Social Science

STSH

Psychology

PSYC

H&SS interdisciplinary courses may be substituted for courses in either category.

To ensure that students have some depth in their H&SS core, students must take at least two courses within a single area prefix (STSH and STSS can be counted as a single area), at least one of which is taken at an advanced level (above 1000). No course within the depth sequence may be taken as Pass/No Credit.

No more than three 1000 level H&SS courses may be applied toward the H&SS core requirement, and no more than 6 credits may be taken as Pass/No credit and at least one course must be at the 4000 level.

Transferring H&SS Core Credit

Students entering Rensselaer in their first year may transfer up to two H&SS courses (up to 8 credit hours) toward satisfying their H&SS core requirement (including Advanced Placement credit). Transfer students from an accredited collegiate program who have completed at least one college year but who come to Rensselaer with first year status may qualify for additional core transfers at the discretion of the H&SS core curriculum adviser.

Transfer students entering Rensselaer at the sophomore level or above are not limited in the number of courses they may transfer for H&SS core credit. All others must take at least 16 credit hours of their H&SS core at Rensselaer.

Students enrolled at Rensselaer who wish to take an H&SS course for core credit at another accredited institution must obtain prior approval for the course from the core curriculum adviser. To apply for approval a student must furnish a catalog description of the proposed course and a filled out copy of Rensselaer’s transfer credit approval form to the core curriculum adviser. A maximum of 8 credit hours of transfers are allowed (including AP courses).

 

With advance planning and consultation a student can apply core credits towards a dual major or minor. Included is a list of potential dual majors and minors. Please call a departmental H&SS advisor to discuss details for the student’s option of a self-designed major or minor. The names of program advisors are listed below.

 


 

Minor:
Credits & Special Requirements
H&SS
Contact Person
Music:
16 credits
Arts
David Gibson
276-8629
Studio or Electronic Arts:
16 credits
Art
Larry Kagan
276-8083
kaganl@rpi.edu
Economics:
16 credits
(Req. Introductory Econ &
Managerial Econ.)
Economics
Don Vitaliano
276-8093
vitald@rpi.edu
Communication:
15 credits
(Req. Intro to Comm.
Theory or Comm. Proc.)
Language, Literature
& Communication
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
French:
20 credits
Language, Literature
& Communication
Lucien Gerber
276-8125
gerbel@rpi.edu
German:
20 credits

German Studies:
24 credits
Language, Literature
& Communication
Marton Marko
276-6467
markom@rpi.edu
Literature:
15 credits
(Req. Intro to Lit.)
Language, Literature
& Communication
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
Technical & Professional
Communication:

15 credits
Language, Literature
& Communication
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
Multidisciplinary Design:
20 credits
(or five courses)
Multidisciplinary
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
Philosophy:
16 credits
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Michael Zenzen
276-8102
zenzem@rpi.edu
Philosophy of Human
Values & Society:

16 credits
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Michael Zenzen
276-8102
zenzem@rpi.edu
Philosophy of
Science & Logic:

16 credits
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Michael Zenzen
276-8102
zenzem@rpi.edu
Psychology:
15 credits
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Michael Kalsher
276-8267
kalshm@rpi.edu
History:
16 credits
Science, Technology
& Society
David Nichols
276-6574
nichod3@rpi.edu
Anthropology:
16 credits
Science, Technology
& Society
David Nichols
276-6574
nichod3@rpi.edu
Political Science:
16 credits
Science, Technology
& Society
David Nichols
276-6574
nichod3@rpi.edu
Science, Technology & Society:
16 credits
Science, Technology
& Society
David Nichols
276-6574
nichod3@rpi.edu
Sociology:
16 credits
Science, Technology
& Society
David Nichols
276-6574
nichod3@rpi.edu

 

SAMPLE TEMPLATE FOR SINGLE MAJOR WITH MINORS

BS in Psychology: Minors in Comp. Sci. & Man. Fin.

Fall 1
General Psychology
Computer Science I
Minds and Machines
Mathematics I

Spring 1
Human Factors in Design
Introduction to Management
Computer Science II
Mathematics III

Fall 2
Intro. to Visual Communication
Data Structures & Algorithms
Exper. Methods & Statistics
Introduction to Logic

Spring 2
Social Psychology
Accounting for Decision Making
The Communication Process
Intro. to Graph. Hum-Mach. Inter.

Fall 3
Managerial Finance
Motivation & Performance
Management Info. Systems I
Philosophy of Artificial Intel.

Spring 3
Human-Computer Interaction
Cognitive Psychology
Management Info. Systems II
Ethical Issues in Computing

Fall 4
Software Design and Doc.
User Doc. and Interface Design
Database Fundamentals
Marketing Principles

Spring 4
Computational Intelligence
Undergraduate Thesis/Project
Managing the High-Perf. Org. I
Consumer Behavior & Prod. Des.

 

Dual Major
H&SS Department
Contact Person
Economics :
There are many possibilities
Economics
Don Vitaliano
276-8093
vitald@rpi.edu
Communication:
Management
Language, Literature
& Communication
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
Electronic Media Arts
& Communication:

Computer Science
Language, Literature
& Communication
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
Electronic Media Arts
& Communication:

Engineering
Language, Literature
& Communication
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
Electronic Media Arts
& Communication:

Management
Language, Literature
& Communication
Erin Glasheen
276-2963
glashe@rpi.edu
Philosophy & Logic:
Computer Science
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Selmer Bringsjord
276-8105
selmer@rpi.edu
Philosophy:
Physics
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Michael Zenzen
276-8102
zenzem@rpi.edu
Psychology:
Computer Science
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Michael Kalsher
276-8267
kalshm@rpi.edu
Psychology:
Management
Philosophy, Psychology
& Cognitive Science
Michael Kalsher
276-8267
kalshm@rpi.edu
Science, Technology
Studies:

Many options...
Science, Technology
& Society
David Nichols
276-6574
nichod3@rpi.edu

 

SAMPLE TEMPLATE FOR DUAL MAJOR

EMAC/Computer Science

Fall 1
Math I
Media Studio I
First Year Studies*
Computer Science I

Spring 1
Math II (for science)
Media Arts Studio II
EMAC option**
Computer Science II

Fall 2
EMAC option**
EMAC option**
Data Structures
Multivariable Calculus

Spring 2
Computer organization
EMAC option**
Mathematics option
Science option***

Fall 3
Models of Computation
H&SS elective
Science option 2***
EMAC option**

Spring 3
Programming Languages
Computer Science option
H&SS elective
Free elective

Fall 4
Software Design & Doc.
H&SS elective
H&SS elective
Free elective

Spring 4
EMAC capstone
Computer Science option
H&SS elective
H&SS elective

*Either "Introduction to Communication Theory" or "Art, Technology and Society"
**Two out of three of "Intro. to Visual Communication", "Intro. to Literature", and "Rhetoric and Writing." Plus, two out of three of "Video Art", "Computer Art", "Computer Music."
***Chosen from astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science or physics. The two science option courses must come from distinct fields in this list.