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The following six course requirements need to be satisfied to earn the program certificate in Technology and Society, Information Technology Track.
P/D/F policy: Students may use no more than one course with a “P” designation to satisfy program requirements (excepted as noted below).
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all courses taken with a “P” designation by students in the spring and fall 2020, and spring 2021 semesters that apply to the information technology track of the certificate will count. All other semesters must have a letter grade of “C” or better to count as a course requirement.
Additional information regarding courses:
All students are required to undertake a one-semester independent research project in IT and society. For AB students, this includes a junior paper. This may be substituted by a significant component in their senior thesis (at least a chapter). It is expected that some of these projects/theses will be jointly supervised by faculty members across the university divisions.
Please note that independent work must include research of a technology that relates to society, which then may have possible policy implications that could arise from it. We expect independent work by students from technical disciplines to engage directly with the sociological, humanistic, or policy components of the technology in question. Please note that essentially all of computer science and engineering is ultimately motivated by the betterment of society, but that is not sufficient by itself. Independent work must explore the interface between technology and society.
All independent work topics for the certificate must be pre-approved by the information technology track director of the certificate program. Please make sure approval is granted before beginning your semester of independent study. Please submit the information about your independent work (IW) at this link. Senior work approval must be received by December 10 of your senior year.
If you would like to do independent work as a junior, it must be submitted for approval by March 1 of your junior year to be able to present at the May symposium that same year.
Students are required to present their projects/theses to the program students and faculty at an annual spring symposium. This provides a mechanism for shared learning as well as for developing the common themes across the program. The presentation must include the goal of the project (approved by our director), the specific method analysis used, and the specific results obtain. Please see our Certificate Graduate webpage for examples.