Jesuit education is organized around the idea of educating the person for “service to humanity,” and SCU states as its goal “the preparation of students to assume leadership roles in society”. Students in the arts and humanities may view science and technology simply as aspects of society they can passively consume or reject, while students in the natural sciences or engineering may be content with thinking about their activities in the lab in isolation, indifferent to their social conditions and impacts. These narrow perspectives inhibit the more complex and critical thinking our students need in order to capably and responsibly shape our world's future. The purpose of STS in the core is to help our students develop this richer understanding and to develop the confidence and capacities to become leaders and citizens of a scientific and technological world.
All students have to fulfill STS learning goals and learning objectives. Most students will do so with a single STS course in the “Explorations” section of the new core, normally taken during sophomore or junior year. STS courses are likely to be more effective if students have first fulfilled their social science and natural science requirements as “Foundations.” Students in some majors (e. g. Engineering) will take an STS-themed Critical Thinking & Writing sequence that, combined with other coursework in their major, will fulfill the STS requirement for these majors only. Business School majors will be required to fulfill their STS requirement with OMIS 34.
Goals of STS Undergraduate Education at SCU
STS Learning Objectives
Integrating STS Courses into the Curriculum
Faculty are encouraged to remind students of the Values in Science & Technology (VIST) Pathway and STS minor on their syllabus and in a classroom announcement. All classes that fulfill the new STS requirement are automatically included in the minor, and there are over 100 classes with science & technology themes in the VIST pathway. For more information, read about the STS Minor and the Values in Science & Technology Pathway.