General Education Clusters

List of all Fall 2014 courses offered by the Department of Technology, Culture and Society

Please click here to see all courses offered by the Department of Technology, Cutlure and Society. If you are currently looking for a course to add to your schedule, please click here to see courses that have availability.

How to Choose an Hu/SS Elective

Please click here to learn more about choosing an Hu/SS Elective, and for a list of Hu/SS Electives for Fall 2014.

The Cluster Concept

TCS offers elective courses that fulfill Poly’s undergraduate requirement for courses in humanities and social sciences—part of the undergraduate core curriculum. These courses explore the relations among science, technology, and society from three general approaches and modes of inquiry: Culture, Arts and Media (CAM); Science, Technology and Society (STS); and Society, Environment and Globalization (SEG). This integrated approach to science, technology, and the humanities and social sciences provides engineering and science majors with a concrete and focused foundation for their fields.

On this page, you can find information about:

Cluster Overview

Culture, Arts and Media (CAM)

The CAM cluster explores how cultural practices and artifacts in a wide range of media reflect, influence, and interact with developments in science and technology. Courses are based on philosophy, media studies, music, literary studies, art history, rhetoric, and anthropology. The media studies courses are required for students who major in Integrated Digital Media.

Science, Technology and Society (STS)

STS cluster courses explore the interrelationships among science, technology, culture, and society. STS unites and investigates a myriad of disciplines, including history, philosophy, rhetoric, literary studies, and sociology. The questions posed are: How do science and technology shape society? How do social processes frame scientific and technological enterprises? What is the relationship between the content of scientific and technological knowledge and the social and intellectual context in which it is created? Courses from this cluster are also electives for STS majors and are used to fulfill the 24 credits of "restricted" electives for the major.

Society, Environment and Globalization (SEG)

Courses in the SEG cluster address the way the critical areas of society, environment, and globalization are interlinked and how they affect the experience of modern life. Coming from the complementary perspectives of the humanities and social sciences, SEG courses provide students with a broad and multicultural perspective on how environmental issues and global exchange in this “flat world” are changing society, here and across the world. Many courses in this cluster are also generally “concentration” courses for SUE majors.

Required Courses for fulfilling the School of Engineering Humanities and Social Sciences Core Requirement (26 credits)

All students at the School of Engineering must complete a minimum of 24 credits in humanities and social science courses. Some majors have additional requirements beyond those listed here.

Preparatory Courses (8 credits)

This course is offered to students who need help getting ready for college-level writing and reading courses. They do not count toward the requirements for graduation.

  • EN 1090W Introductory Composition, Credits: 4.00

1. First-Year Writing Requirement (2 Courses, 8 credits)

1a. Fall 2013 and Beyond
  • Fall semester: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay, Credits: 4.00
  • Spring semester: EXPOS-UA 2 The Advanced College Essay, Credits: 4.0
Note: These courses are offered by the NYU Expository Writing Program. For more information, please visit the Expository Writing Program.
1b. Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
  • Fall semester: EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay, Credits: 4.00
  • Spring semester: EXPOS-UA 2 The Advanced College Essay, Credits: 4.00
1c. Before Fall 2012
  • Fall semester: College Writing Workshop is taught by EN faculty and adjunct faculty.
  • Spring semester: First-Year Writing Seminar. This writing-intensive course, taught by TCS faculty, examines variable topics (the non-ESL versions). This course (a) introduces students, in a small-seminar format, to core questions relating science and technology to the humanities and social sciences, (b) provides students with intensive practice in college-level writing, research and critical-thinking skills and (c) exposes first-year students and senior TCS faculty to each other in a small, intimate learning environment.

2. Humanities and Social Science Elective Requirement (6 courses, 18 credits)

Students may choose 6 humanities or social science courses from any TCS cluster. These 6 electives can be within a single cluster or across multiple clusters. For optimal breadth of experience, TCS encourages students to take electives across clusters and/or across disciplines within a cluster. These 6 humanities and social science electives must satisfy the following constraints:

  • At least 1 of these 6 must be a 3xxx/4xxx level humanities or social science elective; and
  • At least 1 of these 6 must be a writing- intensive elective, labeled by “W” in the course listings the semester it is offered.

TCS Elective Offerings

The following courses are offered by the department on a regular basis. However, not every courses is offered in a particular semester. To find out what courses are currently being offered, see the official class schedule, selecting "humanities" from the pull-down menu for subject.

Special Note About Course Descriptions: If a course number doesn't link to the course description, you can find the full description on pages 91 to 100 of the School of Engineering academic catalog.

 

Cluster 1: Culture, Arts and Media (CAM)

Courses in the CAM cluster explore how cultural practices and artifacts in a wide range of media reflect, influence and interact with developments in science and technology. Courses are based on the disciplines of philosophy, media studies, music, literary studies, art history, rhetoric, and anthropology.

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CAM Courses That Do Not Satisfy a TCS Elective

The following are Studio Electives (S) and/or Core Courses in the Integrated Digital Media major (C):

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Cluster 2: Science, Technology and Society

Courses in the STS cluster explore the interrelationships between science and technology and between science and society. STS unites multiple disciplines, including history, philosophy, rhetoric, literary studies, and sociology, to investigate these interrelationships. How do science and technology shape society? How do social processes frame scientific and technological enterprises? What is the relationship between the content of scientific and technological knowledge and the social and intellectual context in which it is created?

STS TCS Electives

The following satisfy a TCS elective:

[COURSE:HI2203/W]


[COURSE:HI2243/W]
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[COURSE:PL2253/W]
[COURSE:PL2273/W]
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[COURSE:PL2293/W]



[COURSE:PL3253/W]
[COURSE:PL3263/W]




[COURSE:STS2003/W]
[COURSE:STS2113/W]
[COURSE:STS2123/W]
[COURSE:STS2133/W]




[COURSE:STS2253/W]









[COURSE:STS3003/W]



STS Courses That Do Not Satisfy a TCS Elective

The following are core courses in the Science and Technology Studies major that do not satisfy a TCS elective:



 

Cluster 3: Society, Environment and Globalization (SEG)

Courses in this cluster address how the critical areas of society, environment and globalization are interlinked and how they affect the experience of modern life. SEG courses, from the complementary perspectives of the humanities and social sciences, provide students with a broad, multicultural perspective on how environmental issues and global exchange in this “flat world” are changing society here and across the globe.

SEG TCS Electives

The following satisfy a TCS elective:





[COURSE:HI2303/W]
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[COURSE:HI3313/W]

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SEG Electives from Other Departments

Sustainable Urban Environments Courses That Do Not Satisfy a TCS Elective

The following are core courses in the Sustainable Urban Environments major that do not satisfy a TCS elective:

NYU Approved Courses

Please click here to see a full list of approved humanities and social science courses that can be taken at the NYU- Washington Square campus. Please note, a course that is not on this list, can be reviewed for possible humanities and social science credit. Please visit LC 130 in the Dibner Building for more information regarding a course not currently on the list.