Science, the Environment, Technology, and Society (SETS)

The SETS major offers students a multi-disciplinary course of study that analyzes science, technology, and the environment within their broader cultural contexts, including intellectual and social history, environmental history, religious studies, and philosophy.

Students will choose one of several specialties as a focus for their coursework, such as Philosophy of Science, History of Science and Technology, Science and Technology Policy, or Environmental History. Moreover, students are required to become knowledgeable about one or more areas of science, technology, environmental studies, or public policy, as the department believes such literacy is an important part of a land-grant institution liberal arts education. Students will therefore be required to take at least 12 credits in an appropriate science, social science or engineering discipline. Finally, a capstone is required for all students; each will complete an original research paper synthesizing their scientific, technological, and humanistic knowledge.

SETS Option

Freshman YearCredits
Choose two lower division history courses:6-8
HSTA 101IH - American History I
HSTA 102IH - American History II
HSTA 160D - Introduction to the Am West
AMST 101D - Introduction to American Studies
HSTR 101IH - Western Civilization I
HSTR 102IH - Western Civilization II
HSTR 130D - Latin American History
HSTR 135D - The Modern Middle East
HSTR 140D - Modern Asia
HSTR 145D - Reinventing Japan
HSTR 160D - Modern World History
University Core and Electives19
Year Total: 25-27
Sophomore YearCredits
Choose 1 lower division Religious Studies course:
RLST 100D - Intro to the Study of Religion
RLST 110D - Religion, Conflict & Politics
Choose one of the following:3
HSTR 207CS - Sci and Tech in World History
HSTR 208RH - Sci,Envir,Tech,Soc: Common Exp
HSTR 282CS - Darwinian Revolution
PHL 205CS - Other Animals
PHL 242CS - Scnc/Psuedo Scnc & Subjectivty
Choose an approved Science/Technology/Social Science course, consult with a SETS advisor3-4
One Year Modern Language. The student may elect to take an additional nine credits of upper-division history courses instead of one-year modern language requirement. 6
University Core and Electives11
Year Total: 23-24
Junior YearCredits
Choose one of the following:3
PHL 303 - Approaches to Epistemology
PHL 321 - Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics
PHL 322 - Philosophy & Envirnmntl Ethics
PHL 353 - Philosophy and Technology
PHL 354 - Philosophy of Race
RLST 402 - Natural/Unnatural/Supernatural
RLST 326 - Topics in Religion
Choose 2 approved Science/Technology/Social Science course--consult with a SETS advisor.6
University Core and Electives21
Year Total: 30
Senior YearCredits
Choose six of the following:18
HSTA 412IH - American Thought and Culture
HSTR 417 - Early Modern Science
HSTR 419 - Modern Science
HSTR 445 - Environ, Health & Sci in Japan
HSTR 446 - Science and Medicine in China
HSTA 468 - History of Yellowstone
HSTA 470 - American Environmental History
HSTA 482 - History of American Technology
HSTR 482 - Animal Histories
HSTR 484 - World Environmental History
HSTR 486 - Museum History
Choose an approved Science/Technology/Social Science course--consult with a SETS advisor.3-4
Choose one of the following:3
HSTA 490R - Undergraduate Research
HSTR 499R - Sen Capstone: Hist Methodology
PHL 490R - Undergraduate Research
RLST 490R - Undergraduate Research
University Core and Electives9
Year Total: 30-31
Total Program Credits: 120

Approved Science/Technology/Social Sciences Courses for SETS Option

In addition to satisfying the university core science requirements, students, only after consultation with their academic advisor, are required to take 12 credits of science in one science or engineering or social science or public policy discipline. One of these courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all required courses.