Current Program Requirements 

The following (regnant) program requirements apply to most current students (to all those who have entered the STV program after March 1st, 2013):

The minor consists of five STV courses (15 semester hours). Students must:

  1. Take the course STV 20556, "Science, Technology, and Society," the “core” course, which is taught in both the fall and spring semesters. (This need not be a student’s first STV course, but it is ideally situated earlier rather than later in the student's academic career.) 

  2. Take (at least) one STV foundational ("STVF") course. Foundational course offerings will vary each semester and have a focus and specific content determined by the instructor; at least two foundational courses will be offered each semester. These courses are small (approximately 20 students) and feature a large discussion component. In these courses STV students will have the opportunity to explore in greater depth questions of how science, technology and medicine intersect with society. 

  3. Take any three further STV courses.  

Completion of the STV minor will be noted and certified on a student’s final University transcript. To receive minor credit an STV course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. (Three hours of the minor requirement may be taken via Directed Readings or as an Undergraduate Research project.)


Current Course Offerings

As always, please check Novo for the most current course information. For facile (but not necessarily up-to-date) reference, here is a listing of Spring 2018 STV courses.


Research Opportunities

The STV minor provides an opportunity for you to tackle such questions in an independent research project customized to fit your schedule. 


You have two options—a senior essay or a senior thesis.


Senior Essay--is a one semester commitment where you work with a faculty advisor to develop a research question, conduct a literature review and write an extended research paper (no more than 25 pages) addressing the question of your choice. 


Senior Thesis—is a two semester commitment where you work with one or more faculty advisors in two independent research tutorials to develop a research question, conduct research and write a 40-60 page paper that explores a question of particular interest to you.


To be effective, these projects must build on existing interests and expertise acquired in the course of your training at Notre Dame.