Program Curriculum - Humanities and Social Sciences

The programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences are built to ensure the traditional rigor and expertise in the respective discipline, all while allowing students to explore other fields according to their personal interests.


1.  Students start by taking a common core of classes that give them a foundation to the various approaches and problems that characterize Humanities and Social Science as a whole.  

Common Core:

  • HHS 130 History of Science and Technology
  • HST 120 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • HLI 220 Images of Science in Literature
  • HPL 112 Science and Metaphysics

In their junior year, students take CAL 405:  CAL Seminar - The Legacy of the Two Cultures.  In this class students reflect on the oft-discussed divide between the sciences and the humanities and come up with original solutions to bridge the divide.

2.  Students take 10 classes in their discipline.  This includes 2 introductory 100/200 level classes and 8 upper division 300/400 electives.  According to the specific program, this distribution can vary; see sample curricula.

3.  Students take 2 upper division 300/400 electives outside of their discipline.  Also, students take a class in Research Methods (either CAL 301 or another class in their discipline targeted to fulfill this purpose), and the sequence of CAL 498, Thesis Preparation, and CAL 499, Senior Thesis, to write their final research work.

4.  Students can choose among a broad variety of classes to fulfill requirements in Computer Science (1 class), Mathematics (2 classes), and Science (1 class).  For mathematics, they can choose either Calculus (MA 117) or Statistics (BT 221) or the Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (MA 236), which is specifically targeted to students in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

5.  Students take two classes in Environmental Studies and Global Studies.  Classes that fulfill this requirement are chosen in agreement with the advisor and can be science, business, or humanities classes.

6.  Every student has to choose a Secondary Concentration comprising 5 classes in total.  These classes can be used toward a minor in another Humanities or Social Science discipline (a minor requires 6 classes in the respective discipline, in which case one of the free electives can be taken to fulfill this requirement).  Students may also build on their basic courses in computing, mathematics, or science and then draw on the resources and courses available in other departments at Stevens.

7.  Students have up to 7 free electives that can be taken according to their personal interests or needs.


Sophomores, juniors, and seniors, for specific guidelines on your particular requirements, please visit the Advising Center (Peirce 305) or speak with your Program Director or Academic Advisor.