Science, Technology, and International Affairs

The Science, Technology and International Affairs Program offers a minor in Science, Technology and International Affairs.

The minor in Science, Technology and International Affairs, offered by the College in collaboration with the Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) program of the School of Foreign Service, is designed for students who already have a strong background in the sciences and who wish to broaden their understanding of the impact of science and technology on society, as well as the influence of economics, politics, and culture on science and technology.

All students majoring or minoring in a program offered by the department of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Physics are eligible to pursue the minor. Students not majoring or minoring in a progam offered by one of the above departments may seek to pursue the minor by submitting a written proposal to their advising dean in the College after having taken two major-level courses from one of the above departments, exclusive of AP credit. Proposals should articulate a rationale for the minor in relationship to the rest of the student’s program of study, and will be reviewed and evaluated by the College program coordinator together with the SFS STIA director.

Science, Technology and International affairs Minor 

Requirements for the Minor

  • Science and Technology in the Global Arena (STIA-305)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON-001)
  • International Relations (GOVT-060)
  • Three elective courses from ONE of the STIA subfields: Environment Studies, including Energy; Business, Growth and Development; Biotechnology and Global Health; and Science, Technology and Security. College courses in the natural sciences or computer science will not count as electives in the minor.

This minor is subject to the same controls as other minor programs in the College and does not allow any of the six courses to be counted toward any other degree option.

For more information, and for a link to a current list of courses, visit the STIA page on the SFS website at