Science Fiction Studies Minor

The Science Fiction Studies (SFS) minor is for students who are interested in learning how people communicate the experience of science and technology across centuries, continents, and cultures. The two core LMC classes required for this minor teach students the history of science fiction across media. The three electives required to complete this minor enable students to connect their study of science fiction to issues of social justice, ethics, artistic practice, and the historic relations of science, technology, and culture.

The SFS minor enhances students’ ability to engage with issues of science, technology, and society as they are represented in the premiere story form of an increasingly technological and global world. It also enables them to better develop the analytic skills and creative mindsets that are crucial for graduate school and for advancements in careers ranging from education to engineering.

Advising

Students interested in the minor should consult with their advisor and with LMC's Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Director will connect students in the minor with SFS faculty who can then serve as their minor advisors.

Faculty

The Science Fiction Studies faculty include:

  • Ms. Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • Dr. Aaron Santesso
  • Dr. Carol Senf
  • Dr. Jay Telotte
  • Dr. Lisa Yaszek

Requirements

After completing the prerequisite of ENGL 1102, students must take 5 courses (15 total hours) distributed according to the menu below. At least 4 of these classes (12 credit hours) must be at the 3000-level or above. Students in the SFS minor must take all minor courses for letter grades, and they must attain grades of C (2.0) or better in all their minor courses to complete this program of study. Required courses include:

Science Fiction Studies Minor

  1. Required Courses (6 hours):

    • LMC 3214: Science Fiction
    • LMC 3215: Science Fiction Film and Television
  2. Elective Courses (Three of the following courses - 9 hours):

    • LMC 28XX: Special Topics (with approval of the LMC Director of Undergraduate Studies)
    • LMC 3112: Evolution and the Industrial Age
    • LMC 3118: Science, Technology, and American Empire
    • LMC 3219: Literature and Medicine
    • 'LMC 3234: Creative Writing
    • LMC 3302: Science, Technology, and Ideology
    • LMC 3304: Science, Technology, and Gender
    • LMC 3306: Science, Technology, and Race
    • LMC 3308: Environmentalism and Ecocriticism
    • LMC 3310: The Rhetoric of Scientific Inquiry
    • LMC 3316: Science, Technology, and Postcolonialism
    • LMC 3318: Biomedicine and Culture
    • LMC 3325: Film and/as Technology
    • LMC 38XX: Special Topics (with approval of the LMC Director of Undergraduate Studies)
    • LMC 38XX: Special Topics (with approval of the LMC Director of Undergraduate Studies)

Total Credit Hours: 15 credits (5 courses)

Students and advisors should review the undergraduate minor guidelines and Institute provisions for changing or adding undergraduate academic minors, as established by the GT Registrar's Office.

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