Minor in STEM in Society (CHSS)

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


The STEM in Society minor develops strategic and critical thinking capabilities to better understand how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as medicine, impact the human experience - past, present, and future. It provides a broad perspective of the STEM fields, to include how advances are developed, how they fit into the wider context of society and culture, and how historical contexts have in turn shaped advances in these fields. 

The skills and competencies gained from this minor are useful to those seeking work in the tech and health care industries, as well as fields like international development and public policy or in non-profits, the government, or think tanks.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Course

HIST 315 STEM and Society: A History (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 3


Select 12 credits from any of the following courses 12
BIOL 301
Biology and Society (Mason Core)
Great Ideas in Science (Mason Core)
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History
History of Aviation
The Digital Past (Mason Core)
Medicine and Health
Humans, Disease, and Death (Mason Core)
Scientific Racism and Human Variation (Mason Core)
Medical Anthropology
Global Health (Mason Core)
Health and Environment
Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health
Global Health and Development
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Environment and Culture
CEIE 100
Environmental Issues and Solutions Around the World (Mason Core)
CLIM 101
Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core)
EVPP 436
Politics of Climate Change Governance
GGS 307
Geographic Approaches for Sustainable Development
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Science and Technology
Work, Technology, and Society: An IT Perspective (Mason Core)
Problem Solving and Leadership in STEAM
Science in the News (Mason Core)
Digital Futures
IT in the Global Economy
How Science Works (Mason Core)
Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Topics in Philosophy of Technology
The Darwinian Revolution in Modern Thought
Big Data, Technology, and Society
EVPP 361
Introduction to Environmental Policy
EVPP 432
Energy Policy
NUTR 318
Global Nutrition and Food Security
NUTR 440
Nutrition Policy
BENG 375
Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts and Product Development
Special Topics Courses (with permission of minor director when topic is related to STEM in Society)
Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core)
Issues in Anthropology
ENGR 499
Special Topics in Engineering
Special Topics in Global and Community Health
Topics in Global Affairs
Global Affairs Capstone (Mason Core)
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)
Special Topics
Special Topics
NUTR 495
Nutrition and Food Studies Capstone
Special Topics in Sociology
Total Credits 12