This seminar is required of all majors and minors in STS, and is offered in the Fall of each year. It is a practicum in the research methods of Science, Technology, and Society in which students work closely with the instructor to develop a familiarity with research sources and strategies. Students become familiar with the history and development of the STS disciplines and with a range of research approaches that are open to them for their own work. Students formulate major research proposals, complete a substantial research paper, and make oral presentations of their work. Students who write a thesis in the Spring of the Senior year generally use their STS 490 project as a springboard.
Prerequisites: STS 201 and 202.