General Education Clusters

Please click here to see all Fall 2015 courses offered by the Department of Technology, Culture and Society. 

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 2015.

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 (24 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 Course (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.

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

Fall Semester: EXPOS-UA 1

Spring semester: EXPOS-UA 2

Note: These courses are offered by the NYU Expository Writing Program. For more information, please visit the Expository Writing Program.
1b. Before Fall 2012

For information regarding First- Year Writing Requirments prior to Fall 2012, please contact the TCS Department at TCS@nyu.edu

2. Humanities and Social Science Elective Requirement (4 courses, 16 credits)

Students may choose 4 humanities or social science courses from any TCS cluster. These 4 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 4 humanities and social science electives must satisfy the following constraints:

  • At least 1 must be a 3xxx/4xxx level humanities or social science elective; and
  • At least 1 must be a writing-intensive elective, labeled by “W” in the course listings the semester it is offered.
  • The same course, or two different courses may be used to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement and the 3xxx/4xxx requirement.

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. 

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.

Prior to Fall 2014, these requirements were based on 3-credit courses. For more information regarding the 3-credit courses versus 4-credit courses that are now given, please contact the TCS Department at TCS@nyu.edu.

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.

CAM TCS Electives

The following satisfy a TCS elective:

AH-UY 2114 History of Art as Technology
AH-UY 3214 Contemporary Art, Electronic Art, and Technology
 
CAM-UY 2014/W Stem and Theater
CAM-UY 3004 Special Topics in CAM
 
EN 2114/W Machines Made of Words: Poetry as Design
EN-UY 2134/W The Novella: Between the Short Story and the Novel
EN-UY 2174/W The World's Greatest Journeys
EN-UY 2194/W The Rise of the Graphic Novel
EN-UY 2204W Science Journalism
EN-UY 2244 Shakespeare and the Creative Imagination
EN-UY 2254/W Literature and War
EN-UY 2324/W Technologies of Literary Production
EN-UY 2334/W The Invention of the Word
EN-UY 2354/W Inventing America: Nation, Culture, Self
EN-UY 2414/W The City and Literature
EN-UY 3144/W Formal Approaches to Art & Poetry 
EN-UY 3154 Fantasy Workshop
EN-UY-3194/W Ethical Question in Literature 
EN-UY 3434W Machines Made of Words II: Designing Poetry
EN-UY 3814/W The Environment and Literature 
 
MD-UY 2314 Interative Narrative
 
PS-UY 3694 Humor and Modern Media
 
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:

EN-UY 2424 Medicine and Literature 

HI-UY 2204/W Medieval Technology
HI-UY 2364/W History of Aviation and Aviation Technology
HI-UY 2234/W Introduction to the History of Western Technology
HI-UY 3244/W The History of Light
HI-UY 2254/W From Heat Engines to Black Holes
HI-UY 2264 The Ship
HI-UY 3304 Science and Technology as a Strategic Resource in World War II

PL-UY 2004 Symbolic Logic

PL-UY 2134 Philosophy of Science, Technology and Science in China and India 
PL-UY 2144 Ethics and Technology
PL-UY 2204 Philosophy of Technology
PL-UY 2254/W Science and Pseudoscience
PL-UY 2274/W Space and Spacetime
PL-UY 2294/W Quantum Mechanics and Information
PL-UY 3004/W Metalogic
PL-UY 3204 Philosophy of Technology- The Critique of Heidegger
PL-UY 3214 The Phenomenon of Life 
PL-UY 3254/W Philosophy of Science
PL-UY 3264 Physics Information and computing
PL-UY 3284/W Relativity and Spacetime 
 
PS-UY 2614 Pscyhology of the Internet
PS-UY 2644 Creativity and Innovation
PS-UY 2664 Intelligence- Real and Artificial
PS-UY 3604 Psychoology of Internet Security
 
STS-UY 2004/W Science, Technology, and Society 
STS-UY 2224/W Science and Sexuality 
STS-UY 2244/W Magic, Medicine, and Science
STS-UY 2444/W History and Philosophy of Internet Technology
STS-UY 2454/W Digital Humanities
STS-UY 2264/W Addressing Public Policy Issues in the Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
STS-UY 2614/W Science Fiction for Innovation
STS-UY 2624/W The Rhetoric of Science 
STS-UY 2314 It's About Time
STS-UY 2904 Special Topics in STS
STS 3004/W Seminar in Science and Technology Studies
STS-UY 3204/W Science and Difference
STS-UY 3214 Science and Feminism
STS-UY 3434/W Hypermedia in Context
STS-UY 3624 Science and Technology in the Literary Sphere
STS-UY- 3904 Special Topics in STS
STS-UY 4401 Independent Study in Science and Technology Studies
 
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:

HI-UY 2353 A History of NYC Transit and the Developemtn of NYC
HI-UY 2514/W Introduction to New York City History
HI-UY 3034/W History of New York's Urban Infrastrcture 
HI-UY 3254/W History of Mass Media
HI-UY 4334W Seminar in Urban Infrastructure History
 
PS-UY 2324W Environmental Psychology  
PS-UY 2724 Human Factors in Engineering Design
PS-UY 3164 Healthy Psychology 
PS-UY 3724 Psychology of Sustainability  
PS-UY 3754 Psychology of Living in Extreme Environments
PS-UY 3814 Social Psychology of Virtual Worlds
 
SEG-UY 2184/W Beyong Oil- Fueling Tomorrow's Vehicles
SEG-UY 2194/W Writing About Nature and the Environment 
 
URB-UY 2024/W Design of Cities
URB-UY 2034 Humans in the Urban Environment
URB-UY 2044 Methods for Studying Urban Environments
URB-UY 2054/W Introduction to Urban Policy
URB-UY 2064 Introduction to Urban Planning
URB-UY 2224 Natural Environment of New York City
URB-UY 2234 Natural Environmental Catastrophes and Cities
URB-UY 3034 Evidence- Based Design
URB-UY 3214 Cities in Developing Countries
URB-UY 3314 History and Design of Urban Parks
URB-UY 3354 Urban Impact Assessment
URB-UY 3834 Special Topics in SUE

SEG Electives from Other Departments

FIN-UY 2003 Economic Foundations of Finance

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.