Frequently Asked Questions


Q. I need a course with ethics content. What options are there?

A. Check with your departmental advisor, who can let you know of any specific requirements. In general, however, we have several options available. In Fall 2015:

  • STS 2604  Engineering and Ethics
  • PL 2144 Ethics and Technology
  • PL 2144 Ethics and Technology


Q. What minors does the Department of Technology, Culture and Society offer?

Q. What NYU minors are available to the School of Engineering students?

A. These are not administered by TCS. Please click here to receive more information about cross-school minors within NYU.

General Education

Q. I’m anon-TCS major. How many humanities and social sciences do I need to take to fulfill the humanities and social science General Education Requirement?

A. As an the School of Engineering student, you must take 26 credits of TCS courses consisting of the following:

  • Two First-Year Writing Courses (offered at the School of Engineering by the NYU Expository Writing Program):
    • EXPOS-UA 1 - Writing the Essay, Credits: 4.00
    • EXPOS-UA 2 - The Advance College Essay, Credits: 4.00
  • 16 additional credits of humanities and social science electives (see below for types of electives you must take).

Q. What electives do I need to take?

A. The 16 humanities and social science electives you take can be within a single cluster, or across multiple clusters. The list of electives spans three clusters: CAM, STS, SEG. For optimal breadth experience, TCS encourages students to take electives across clusters, and/or across disciplines within a cluster. In addition to taking cluster courses, you must follow these requirements when selecting your electives:

  • At least 1 course must be a 3xxx or 4xxx level humanities or social science elective
  • At least 1 course must be a writing-intensive elective (if you enrolled before Fall 2009, you’re exempt from this requirement). Note: Writing-intensive electives are designated by "W" in the course schedule for that semester.

Q. Where can I find information about First-Year Writing Programs?

A. Please contact Richard Larson at, , 646.997.3299 or LC104A, about the Expository Writing Program at the School of Engineering.