Scholars STS Citation - Courses
See the main Scholars website to download the program requirements for 1st and 2nd year students in Scholars STS.
- CPSP 118T Freshman Colloquium
- CPSP 239T Internship/Design/Teaching & Leadership
- CPSP 249T Garage Band/Service
- CPSP 259T Discovery
- CPSP 227 STS Capstone
- Supplemental Core Courses
1st year students enroll in two semesters of the 1-credit Freshman Colloquium (CPSP 118T) and consider which STS CORE supplemental courses to take. 2nd year students enroll in the 3-credit Capstone course and a 1-credit Practicum course, and take the remaining STS CORE supplemental courses.
Citations are awarded after completing all requirements, typically in the summer after the 2nd year. Students must earn an overall GPA of 3.0 to earn the Citation.
The STS program's 2-semester Colloquium sequence (CPSP 118T) introduces 1st year students to experts in science and technology and key analytical concepts in STS. Students visit laboratories on campus, hold a debate, write short papers, and help to lead class discussion. The topic of the Fall 2010 Colloquium is the human body and technology.
Students must fulfill the CORE SB requirement before enrolling in the Capstone course (CPSP 227) as sophomores, so students who want to enroll in the Capstone course in Fall 2010 must fulfill the CORE SB requirement in the 2010-2011 academic year. See the citation requirements!
The English and Sociology departments enable Scholars STS students to take English 101S (Fall) and Sociology 101S (Spring), which are sections reserved for Scholars STS students. In addition, the STS program encourages students to enroll in ENGL 278T, Literature of Science and Technology, which is a CORE HA course offered each Fall.
In Colloquium, freshmen should pay attention to the short presentations by upperclassmen about undergraduate research and community-based service learning. Field trips also provide opportunities to learn about research and service. During the spring 2011 advising meeting, freshmen should be ready to discuss which practicum they would like to take in their 2nd year.
Prepare for a summer internship
Freshmen should consider applying for work or service internships that occur during the summer; if you obtain an internship, you will be able to earn practicum credit for it during sophomore year. Your main resources for finding internships are the University Career Center and Engineering Co-op and Career Services. 1st year students earn credit in the CPSP 118T course for revising their resumes, attending career workshops, and speaking to recruiters at campus job fairs.
In the 1-credit Practicum course (CPSP 239T or CPSP 249T), 2nd year students first learn a technical skill, and then apply it and write a reflection paper about the process; see the detailed course descriptions linked above. 2nd year students also enroll in the 3-credit Capstone course that deepens their understanding of STS and improves their ability to communicate their knowledge orally and in writing. Each student chooses a topic of particular interest and pursues a project of research and communicating their findings in an academic term paper, an illustrated oral report, and the formal presentation of a poster. The Capstone posters are shown at the annual Scholars Academic Showcase.
2nd year practicum option
Sophomores may design a 2-credit practicum. This is designed for students engaged in community-based service learning, who expect to work with one organization over the course of an academic year. Students may also enroll in campus-based leadership and teaching programs as a practicum option. See information CPSP 249T, Sec. 0201, for descriptions of service learning.
If you are missing citation requirements at the end of sophomore year, for example because of a slightly low GPA or a missing STS CORE Supporting Course, you may petition the STS director about extending the time frame to complete your Scholars requirements. If you would like to request that a similar course be substituted for one of the listed STS CORE supplemental courses, you must file a petition that includes a copy of the syllabus. Email Dr. Mendelsohn with your inquiry or request.