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. This can be done four ways:
1) Taking the COS IW – Technology Policy seminar or SPIA Policy Task Force seminar taught by CITP Clinic Lead Mihir Kshirsagar. (Please note these courses are open only to juniors of COS or SPIA students and are listed on the semester by course webpage.)
2) Including the T&S IW research as part of a student’s junior paper.
3) Including a chapter or two of the student’s senior thesis devoted to the T&S IW research.
4) Performing IW solely for the T&S certificate program.
Please note that independent work must include research of a technology that relates to society. 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 complete the independent work requirements, students are required to submit a two- to three-page double-spaced paper explaining the independent work research results. Independent work papers are due to Laura Cummings-Abdo, , by 5 p.m. on Dean’s Date, Tuesday, May 7, 2024.
Your paper should include a brief summary of the approved work you proposed (not the entire proposal), and the remaining part of the paper should be a discussion and results of that work, including the technology involved. You should not submit your full thesis. Please tailor the two- to three-page paper to your Technology and Society certificate independent work only.
You are also required to provide a title and brief description of your independent work (same format as above). Please see our Certificate Graduate webpage for description examples.