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The certificate in Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering, and Society Undergraduate (ISSuES) offers undergraduate students an opportunity to explore the social sciences and humanities in a way that emphasizes the relationship between science, technology, medicine, engineering, and society. From energy to communications technologies to gene editing to automation, the interplay between researchers, developers, policy makers and the public is constantly shaping and reshaping our world. The ISSuES certificate allows undergraduate students to complement their majors with a set of courses aimed at helping them understand how society shapes science and how science shapes society.

Offered by the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies, ISSuES was designed to help STEM-field majors fulfill their liberal arts requirements, but is highly flexible and is available to all undergraduate students interested in exploring the complex interplay between science, technology, medicine, engineering, and society. For more information, see the program website.

The certificate in integrated studies in science, engineering and society is offered to all undergraduate students. To be considered for admission to the certificate program, students must be in good academic standing. Students should begin the application process by the end of sophomore year, but no later than the end of their junior year.

The first step in applying to the program is to consult with the ISSuES certificate advisor. To make an appointment, please send an email to sts@ssc.wisc.edu.

15 credits, TO INCLUDE: 1

STS 201 Where Science Meets Society3
9 credits from one focus area:9
Ethics:
How People Learn
Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective
Special Topics: Social Perspectives in Environmental Studies
Biology and Society, 1950 - Today
The Origins of Scientific Thought
The Making of Modern Science
Science in the Twentieth Century: A Historical Overview
Bodies, Diseases, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine
Technology and Social Change in History
Science, Medicine, and Race: A History
Science, Medicine and Religion
History of Technology
Technology and Its Critics Since World War II
Science in America
International Health and Global Society
Topics in History of Medicine
American Environmental History
Health, Disease and Healing I
Public Health Ethics
Regenerative Medicine Ethics and Society
Independent Study in Medical History
Philosophy and the Sciences
Introductory Ethics
Ethics in Business
Contemporary Moral Issues
Environmental Ethics
Modern Ethical Theories
Leadership:
World Hunger and Malnutrition
Introduction to Environmental Health
Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography
History of Pharmacy
Science and Storytelling
Visualizing Science and Technology
Risk Communication
Managing Organizations
Introduction to American Politics and Government
Introduction to American Politics
Law, Politics and Society
Technology and Society
Organizations and Society
Introduction to Social Policy
Design:
Two-Dimensional Design
Three-Dimensional Design
Introduction to Digital Forms
Foundations of Contemporary Art
Drawing I
Drawing Methods & Concepts
The Computer in the Visual Arts
Wood Working
Special Topics
Advanced Wood Working
History of Western Art II: From Renaissance to Contemporary
Cross-Cultural Arts Around the Atlantic Rim: 1800 to the Present
American Indian Art History: Contemporary Issues
Cities of Asia
Dimensions of Material Culture
Proseminar in American Architecture
Design: Fundamentals I
Fashion Illustration
Design: Fundamentals II
Person and Environment Interactions
Global Perspectives on Design and Culture
Twentieth Century Design
Dimensions of Material Culture
Taste
Living in the Global Environment: An Introduction to People-Environment Geography
History of Technology
Technology and Its Critics Since World War II
Special Topics in the History of Science
Science and Environmental Journalism
Survey of Landscape Architecture Design
Contemporary Communication Technologies and Their Social Effects
Managing Organizations
Introductory Ethics
Technology and Society
General:
Race and American Politics from the New Deal to the New Right
Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity
Introduction to Digital Forms
Introduction to Digital Communication
Rhetoric and Technology
Videogames & Learning
Design: Fundamentals I
Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective
Environmental Conservation
Health, Disease and Healing I
The Origins of Scientific Thought
The Making of Modern Science
Science in the Twentieth Century: A Historical Overview
Technology and Social Change in History
Science, Medicine, and Race: A History
History of Technology
Race, American Medicine and Public Health
Health, Disease and Healing I
The Development of Public Health in America
Introduction to Philosophy
International Health and Global Society
Introduction to Human Factors
Introductory Ecology
Capstone—one from: 23
Special Topics
Advanced Wood Working
American Indian Art History: Contemporary Issues
Dimensions of Material Culture
Proseminar in American Architecture
Taste
Geography of Wisconsin
History of Technology
Race, American Medicine and Public Health
Topics in History of Medicine
Risk Communication
Health, Disease and Healing I
The Development of Public Health in America
Independent Study in Medical History
Environmental Law, Toxic Substances, and Conservation
Contemporary Moral Issues
International Health and Global Society
Introduction to Human Factors
Directed Study
Total Credits15
1

Courses taken with the pass/fail grade option do not apply to the certificate.

2

 Courses used for the Focus area cannot also count for Capstone.

Residence & Quality of Work

2.000 GPA on all certificate-approved courses

8 credits in the certificate, in residence

The Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering, and Society Undergraduate Certificate Program (ISSuES) offers undergraduate students an opportunity to interact with the social sciences and humanities in a way that emphasizes the relationship between science, technology, engineering, medicine and society.

Students in the certificate will:

1) Be exposed to the social sciences and humanities and see their relevance to scientific and technological enterprises;
2) Develop the capacity for interdisciplinary, critical thinking about the relationship
between science, technology, engineering, medicine and society;
3) Develop a sense of personal and social responsibility for their engineering, scientific or other professional practice;
4) Strengthen written communication skills.

Advising

To obtain advising assistance, students should consult with the ISSuES certificate advisor. To make an appointment, send an email to sts@ssc.wisc.edu.

All UW–Madison undergraduates are encouraged to begin working on their career exploration and preparation soon after arriving on campus. We partner with the L&S Career Services office to help you leverage the academic skills learned in your major and liberal arts degree, explore and try out different career paths, participate in internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers).

Letters & Science graduates are in high demand by employers and graduate programs, and the ISSuES certificate provides students with a way to integrate their liberal studies with the skills they are developing in their majors. It is important to us that our students are career ready at the time of graduation, and we are committed to your success.  Students who have completed the certificate say that it helped them enhance the portfolio of skills they offered to employers and graduate programs by giving them foundations for understanding and communicating effectively about the ethical, policy, design and other non-technical aspects of science, engineering and medicine.   

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