Second Major in STS

Leads to one diplomas with both majors listed. This can also be called “double major” and goes through the same MIT process as applying for such. However, since STS cannot be pursued as a stand-alone major, “second major” is a more accurate description.

The 14-subject STS requirement is as follows:

  • One STS Tier I subject*
  • One STS Tier II subject
  • Five other STS subjects forming a coherent group of study
  • STS.091 Critical Issues in STS**
  • Pre-thesis tutorial (STS.ThT, 6 units)
  • Thesis (STS.ThU, 12 units)
  • Four subjects related to the historical and social study of science and technology

The full degree chart is posted in the MIT Bulletin. This is in addition to all requirements of the other major field.

Visit the Registrar’s Office’s website for more information about MIT guidelines for a double major.

Students must submit a petition to the Committee on Curricula that indicates the desire to work for this second/double major. The petition must be approved by faculty advisors in the two appropriate departments before students complete the entire program.

If you are interested in pursuing a major in STS, please contact the STS Undergraduate Academic Officer or STS Academic Administrator.

* For students who matriculated before Fall 2010, the Tier I requirement can be fulfilled with any STS HASS-D subject.

** For students who matriculated before Fall 2010, the STS.091 requirement can also be fulfilled by STS.092 (formerly know as the Capstone Seminar in STS Studies).