Women, Science and Technology Minor

The Women, Science, and Technology (WST) program links science and technology issues to those more traditionally associated with women’s and gender studies. The WST minor prepares Tech students to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. The minor helps students develop their understanding of the human side of science and engineering as it pertains to both gender issues and inequalities of race and class.

WST courses reflect on the theoretical and practical dimensions of diversity. Students are encouraged to explore the values associated with scientific culture and to synthesize knowledge across disciplines while viewing science and engineering as social and cultural forces that shape the relations amongst men and women.


Students interested in the minor should consult with their own major advisor and with the Academic Advisor in LMC. 

WST Minor Co-coordinators

Carol Colatrella (LMC) and Mary Frank Fox (Public Policy)


After completing the prerequisite of ENGL 1102, students must take 5 courses (15 total hours) distributed according to the menu below. Students in the WST 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. At least 12 of the 15 minor hours must be taken at the 3000-level or above. Required courses include:

Women, Science and Technology Minor

  • Any two of the following courses:

    • HTS 3020: Gender and Technology
    • HTS 3021: Women in Science and Engineering
    • LMC 3304: Science, Technology, and Gender
    • PUBP 4212: Women and Public Policy
    • PUBP 4803: Gender, Science, and Technology
    • PUBP 4214: Gender, Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • Elective Courses: Any four of the courses listed below or above.  These courses must come from at least two different Ivan Allen College schools.

    • School of History and Sociology
      • HTS 2082: Technology and Science in the Industrial Age
      • HTS 2084: Technology and Society
      • HTS 3007: Sociology of Work, Industry, and Occupations
      • HTS 3016: Women and Gender in the United States
      • HTS 3017: Sociology of Gender
      • HTS 3082: Sociology of Science
      • HTS 3084: Culture and Technology
      • HTS 3086: Sociology of Medicine and Health
    • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
      • LMC 2100: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Culture
      • LMC 2200: Introduction to Gender Studies
      • LMC 3212: Women, Literature, and Culture
      • LMC 3219: Literature and Medicine
      • LMC 3225: Gender in the Disciplines [replaced LMC 3224 Gender Studies]
      • LMC 3302: Science, Technology, and Ideology
      • LMC 3306: Science, Technology, and Race
      • LMC 3308: Environmentalism and Ecocriticism
      • LMC 3316: Science, Technology, and Postmodernism
      • LMC 3318: Biomedicine and Culture
    • School of Public Policy
      • PUBP 2012: Foundations of Public Policy
      • PUBP 4410: Science, Technology, and Public Policy
      • PUBP 4416: Critical Issues in Science and Technology
      • PUBL 4200: Social Policy Issues
      • PUBL 4214: Gender, Science, Technology, and Public Policy
    • School of International Affairs
      • INTA 4803/8803: Gender in International Relations
    • School of Modern Languages
      • SPAN 3241: The Individual and the Family in Hispanic Literature
      • SPAN 3242: Society in Hispanic Literature
    • School of Economics
        Students can only receive credit for one Economics course.
      • ECON 2100: Economic Analysis and Policy Problems
      • ECON 2101: The Global Economy
      • ECON 2106: Principles of Microeconomics

Total Credit Hours: 18 credits (6 courses)

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