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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. 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 3
9 credits from one focus area:9
Ethics:
ED PSYCH 301
ENVIR ST 112
ENVIR ST 402
HIST SCI 133
HIST SCI 201
HIST SCI 202
HIST SCI 203
HIST SCI 212
HIST SCI 222
HIST SCI 275
HIST SCI 331
HIST SCI 337
HIST SCI 339
HIST SCI 394
HIST SCI 553
HIST SCI 668
HISTORY 460
MED HIST 507
MED HIST 515
MED HIST 699
PHILOS 220
PHILOS 241
PHILOS 243
PHILOS 341
PHILOS 441
PHILOS 541
Leadership:
A A E 350
ENVIR ST 471
GEOG 139
HIST SCI 401
LSC 100
LSC 350
LSC 625
M H R 300
POLI SCI 104
POLI SCI 184
POLI SCI 217
SOC 245
SOC WORK 206
Design:
ART 102
ART 104
ART 107
ART 108
ART 112
ART 212
ART 328
ART 334
ART 448
ART 534
ART HIST 202
ART HIST 354
ART HIST 359
ART HIST 379
ART HIST 464
ART HIST 567
DS 120
DS 210
DS 220
DS 221
DS 420
DS 464
DS 642
ENVIR ST 139
HIST SCI 337
HIST SCI 339
HIST SCI 350
JOURN 415
LAND ARC 250
LSC 440
M H R 300
PHILOS 241
SOC 245
General:
AFROAMER 272
ANTHRO 104
ART 107
COM ARTS 200
COM ARTS 472
CURRIC 277
DS 120
ENVIR ST 112
ENVIR ST 339
HISTORY 507
HIST SCI 201
HIST SCI 202
HIST SCI 203
HIST SCI 222
HIST SCI 275
HIST SCI 337
HIST SCI 523
MED HIST 507
MED HIST 509
PHILOS 101
POP HLTH 553
PSYCH 349
ZOOLOGY 260
Capstone—one from: 23
ART 448
ART 534
ART HIST 359
ART HIST 464
ART HIST 567
DS 642
GEOG 342
HIST SCI 337
HIST SCI 523
HIST SCI 668
LSC 625
MED HIST 507
MED HIST 509
MED HIST 699
PHILOS 341
POP HLTH 553
PSYCH 349
STS 699
Total Credits15

Residence and Quality of Work

  • 2.000 GPA on all courses counting toward the certificate and certificate approved courses
  • 8 credits in the certificate, in residence

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  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 SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Scence. L&S 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.   

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, 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). In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities, and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

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