Undergraduate Certificate

Requirements

The following course requirements need to be satisfied to earn the program certificate in Technology and Society, Information Technology Track. Pass/D/Fail policy: Students may use no more than one course taken on a Pass/D/Fail basis to satisfy program requirements.

Additional information regarding courses:

1. Courses that begin with “Advanced Topics in,” “Special Topics in,” or “Topics in STEP” may reuse course numbers but change course titles from year-to-year. Please make sure you are looking at an approved course title.

2. One-time courses may not be listed below. Please see the tab “Course Offering by Term” for one-time courses that have been approved for this certificate.

3. Feel free to email Laura Cummings-Abdo,  if you feel a new course might be applicable to our certificate program. Please make sure you include the syllabus for the course when asking for approval.

Core Course required:

EGR/HIS/SOC 277 – Technology and Society (This course is offered every spring), or
SOC 357 – Sociology of Technology

This course provides students with the intellectual tools needed to approach the rest of the program – a “set of lenses” that will help them view the issues being addressed in their work. Ideally, this course will be taken before the other required courses.

Independent Work

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.

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 a one-page summary of your IW to the Program Manager, Laura Cummings-Abdo, lcumming@princeton.edu. Approval must be received by December 10th of your senior year.

Annual Symposium
Students are required to present their projects/theses to the program students and faculty at an annual symposium. This provides a mechanism for shared learning as well as for developing the common themes across the program.