Minor in Humanities, Technology, and Science

The interdisciplinary Minor in Humanities, Technology, and Science examines the interrelationships among three of the major dimensions of our culture: its science, its technology, and its humanistic orientation. The minor offers students a great opportunity to explore rich discussions on the history, philosophy, and sociology of technology and science. We navigate through a world full of technologies and sciences that we don't fully comprehend. This interdisciplinary minor provides a critical lens with which to analyze the important relationships among people and the technologies and sciences that surround them everyday.

Start your path to understanding technology and science from a humanistic perspective by becoming an HTAS Minor. Interested students should contact the coordinator:

Dr. Aaron A. Toscano (atoscano)
Department of English
Fretwell 280 F
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

A minimum of 18 credit hours are required for this minor, including:

Program Requirements

Introductory Course (3 hours)

Subjects in the Areas of History and/or Philosophy of Science or Technology (6 hours)*

  • HIST 2110 Technology and Science in Society I: Before the Industrial Revolution (3)
  • HIST 2111 Technology and Science in Society II: Since the Industrial Revolution (3)
  • PHIL 3520 Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PHIL 3920 Philosophy of Technology (3)

Spring 2017 Alternatives for the above Subjects in the Areas of History and/or Philosophy of Science or Technology*

  • HIST 2001-A02 Topics in European History: Europe in the Age of Revolutions, 1789-1917 (3)
  • HIST 2001-A04 Topics in European History: Magic in Medieval Europe (3)
  • HIST 2003-A01 Topics in Comparative History: Climate, Crisis, and our World, 1500-2000 (3)
  • HIST 3002 A01 Topics in Non-Western History: Tokyo: From Samurai Capital to Modern Metropolis
  • PHIL 3230-001 Healthcare Ethics (3)

*You may take more than 6 credit hours of the above courses. The courses beyond the required 6 credit hours will count as electives.

Electives (9 hours)

  • ANTH 2151 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 3122 Culture, Health, and Disease (3) (W)
  • ANTH 3124 Food, Nutrition, and Culture (3)
  • ANTH 3152 Early Civilizations (3)
  • ANTH 3222 Culture, Health, and Disease (3)
  • ARCH 4213 Architectural History Elective (3)
  • CJUS 3310 Punishment and Freedom (3)
  • CJUS 4110 Computer Crime (3)
  • COMM 3052 Topics in Mass Media (3)
  • COMM 3120 Communication and Mass Media (3)
  • COMM 3121 Mass Communication and Society (3)
  • ENGL 2116 Introduction to Technical Communication (3) (W)
  • ENGL 3110 Literature and Science (3)
  • ENGL 3180 Language and Digital Technology (3)
  • ENGL 4008 Topics in Advanced Technical Communication (3)
  • ENGL 4275 Rhetoric of Technology (3) [NEEDS APPROVAL]
  • ESCI 2101 The Environmental Dilemma (3)
  • GEOG 3250 World Food Problems (3)
  • HIST 2120 American Military History 1607-Present (3)
  • HIST 2140 Disease and Medicine in History (3)
  • HIST 3155 Health and Healing in Africa (3)
  • HONR 3701 Science, Technology, and Human Values (3)
  • HTAS 3800 Independent Study in Humanities, Technology, and Science (3)
  • ITCS 3688 Computers and Their Impact on Society (3)
  • ITIS 3130 Human-Computer Interaction (3)
  • POLS 3154 Cyberspace and Politics (3)

Spring 2017 Additions to the above Electives
Please note, many of these have prerequisites. The HTAS Coordinator cannot provide special permission for students who don’t have the appropriate prerequisite(s) or Major designation if required.

  • ANTH 2126 World Food Problems
  • ANTH 2143 The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution
  • ANTH 3090-002 Topics in Anthropology: Primates in Peril
  • ANTH 3136 Globalization and Resistance
  • CJUS 2102 Ethics and the CJUS System
  • COMM 3127 Global Media
  • HIST 3000-A01 Topics in US History: A History of Education in the United States
  • HIST 3000-A02 Topics in US History: Alcohol in American History
  • HIST 3000-A03 Topics in US History: Still Fighting the Civil War: The Power of Memory
  • HIST 3000-A04 Topics in US History: Between Iraq, Iran, and a Hard Place
  • HIST 3252 US in 20th Century 1932-Present
  • ESCI 2101 Environmental Dilemma
  • ESCI 3000-A03 Topics in Earth Sciences: Survey of Environmental Laws
  • ESCI 3205 Water Resources
  • GEOG 2165 Patterns of World Urbanization (O)
  • GEOG 3115 Urban Transportation Problems
  • PHIL 3390-001 Topics in Ethics/Aesthetics: Philosophy of Film
  • MGMT 3282 Managerial Ethics
  • PHIL 3990 Deliberative Democracy

Other courses that do not appear on the above list, especially topics and independent study courses, will be approved if they are pertinent to the student's program and deal with an HTAS topic. Examples of such courses approved by their departments for enrollment by HTAS students are:

  • ARCH 4050 Architecture Elective – Topics (3)
  • ANTH 2090 Creationism (3)
  • HIST 3001 Topics in European History (3)
  • HIST 3002 Topics in Non-Western History (3)
  • POLS 3030 Topics in Comparative or International Politics (3)
  • RELS 2000 Creationism (3)
  • THEA 4001 Topics in Theater (3) (W)

The above list isn't exhaustive of the courses that may also count towards the HTAS minor. Most courses with "technology," "science," "new media," "industrial," "computer," "inforrmatics," "data science", and "big data" in the title, assuming they are coming from a humanistic perspective, will count. Contact the minor coordinator for more information.