General Education Requirements
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.
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.
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.
**Please note: All School of Engineering Students must take their Writing Intensive Course at the School of Engineering- this requirement cannot be filled at other NYU schools**
The Cluster Concept
The TCS Department offers elective courses that fulfill Tandon'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)
- 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.
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.
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 the Tandon Bulletin.
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)
- Cluster 2: Science, Technology and Society (STS)
- Cluster 3: Society, Environment and Globalization (SEG)
SEG Electives from Other Departments
FIN-UY 2003 Economic Foundations of Finance
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
PL-UY 2004 Symbolic Logic
PL-UY 3004/W Metalogic
STS-UY 2004/W Science, Technology, and Society
STS-UY 2134 Philosophy of Science, Technology and Science in China and India
STS-UY 2144 Ethics and Technology
STS-UY 2204 Philosophy of Technology
STS-UY 2224/W Science and Sexuality
STS-UY 2234 Introduction to the History of Technology
STS-UY 2244/W Magic, Medicine, and Science
STS-UY 2254 From Heat Engines to Black Holes
STS-UY 2264/W Addressing Public Policy Issues in the Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
STS-UY 2274 Space and Spacetime
STS-UY 2294 Quantum Mechanics and Information
TS-UY 2314 It's About Time
STS-UY 2364 History of Aviation and Aviation Technology
STS-UY 2374 The Ship
STS-UY 2444/W History and Philosophy of Internet Technology
STS-UY 2554 Science and Pseudoscience
STS-UY 2624/W The Rhetoric of Science
STS-UY 2634 Psychology of the Internet
STS-UY 2644 Creativity and Innovation
STS-UY 2664 Intelligence- Real and Artificial
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 3234 The Phenomenon of Life
STS-UY 3244 The History of Light
STS-UY 3254/W Philosophy of Science
STS-UY 3264 Physics, Information and computing
STS-UY 3284 Relativity and Spacetime
STS-UY 3604 Psychology of Internet Security
STS-UY 3624 Science and Technology in the Literary Sphere
STS-UY- 3904 Special Topics in STS
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 Development 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 Health Psychology
PS-UY 3724 Psychology of Sustainability
PS-UY 3754 Psychology of Living in Extreme Environments
SEG-UY 2184/W Beyong Oil- Fueling Tomorrow's Vehicles
SEG-UY 2194/W Writing About Nature and the Environment
STS-UY 3814 Social Psychology of Virtual Worlds
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
Courses Outside of Tandon
Tandon students have the opportunity to complete their humanities requirements at other NYU Schools and at other institutions. The TCS Department has created a list of approved NYU courses that satisfy the humanities requirement.
If you are interested in a course at NYU that is not currently found on this list, please complete this form. The TCS Department will review the syllabus to determine if the course(s) can count towards humanities credit.
If you are interested in a course at another institution, please complete this form.
Please note: Your Writing Intensive course cannot be fulfilled at another NYU school; it must be taken at Tandon.
Credits from NYUs School of Professional Studies (SPS) are not accepted at Tandon.