STS Admission and Requirements
Students in the STS Program are selected from among applicants who list STS as their first preference among the College Park Scholars family of programs. We seek an entering class of about 75 students. In recent years, about 2/3 of the program's students have earned a variety of engineering and computer science degrees, and 1/3 have earned degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities and biological sciences.
Prospective students may want to learn about what the freshmen did in colloquium in the Spring 2009 semester.
The Scholars STS program emphasizes the importance of science and technology to society. We also examine the opposite relationship: the ways that social characteristics shape the investigation of science and the development of technology. Your essay enables us to match your interests with the program.
Prospective Students will be interested in the program for the close look it gives to the interactions among science, technology and society. Students typically have very good aptitude in writing, math and science. STS assignments emphasize writing and speaking skills, work in small groups, and improving drafts prior to final assignments.
New students enroll in a 1-credit Colloquium in the Fall and Spring semesters. The 1st Year Citation Requirements [pdf] sheet details additional opportunities and requirements.
STS CORE Supporting Courses listed on this sheet are based on courses that were listed on Testudo for the Spring 2009 and Fall 2008 semesters. Some of these courses are not offered now and additional, relevant courses are offered now. To request the substitution of a course, email Dr. Mendelsohn a request and a copy of the course's syllabus.
Sophomores enroll in a 1-credit Practicum and a 3-credit Capstone course in the Fall or Spring semesters. The 2nd Year Citation Requirements sheet details additional opportunities and requirements. Sophomores have a lot of freedom to choose their Practicum; we urge students to enroll in CPSP 239T, based on a summer job after freshman year.
STS CORE Supporting Courses listed on the 2nd Year Citation Requirements sheet are based on courses listed on Testudo for the Spring 2008 and Fall 2007 semesters. Some of these courses are not offered this year and some additional, relevant courses are offered. To request the substitution ofa course, email Dr. Mendelsohn with your request and a copy of the course syllabus
To earn the Scholars Citation, a student's overall GPA must be a 3.0 at the end of sophomore year.