Minor in Women, Science, and Technology

The Women, Science, and Technology (WST) program does what no other gender studies program does: it links science and technology issues to those issues more traditionally associated with women's studies. The WST minor prepares Tech students (women and men majoring in engineering, science, social sciences, and humanities) to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. The minor helps students develop their understanding of the human side of science and engineering involving not only gender issues, but inequalities of race and class as well.

WST courses reflect on the theoretical and practical dimensions of diversity. Students are encouraged to explore the values associated with scientific culture and to learn to synthesize knowledge across the disciplines, while viewing science and engineering as social and cultural forces that shape relations among women and men.

With permission of the WST coordinators, students may substitute one independent study course or course from another Georgia Tech unit. This may be chosen from special topics courses, seminars, and other courses that focus upon gender and social inequality or social issues of science and technology. Students may register and plan their courses of study for the WST minor by meeting with WST coordinators, Carol Colatrella (LMC) or Mary Frank Fox (PUBP). Students petition for the minor at the time they petition for their major degree. Minors are conferred upon graduation and appear on students' transcripts.

Program of Study

The WST minor must be comprised of at least 15 credit hours. At least 12 of the minor’s 15 credit hours must be upper-division coursework (numbered 3000 or above).

Required Courses
Select two courses from two different schools from the following:6
Science, Technology, and Gender
Gender and Technology
Women in Science and Engineering
Women and Public Policy
Gender, Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Select three courses from at least two different Ivan Allen College schools below OR from the Required Courses above: 19
History and Sociology
Literature, Media, and Communication
Public Policy
International Affairs
Modern Languages
Total Credit Hours15

History and Sociology

HTS 2082Technology and Science in the Industrial Age3
HTS 2084Technology and Society3
HTS 3007Sociology of Work, Industry, and Occupations3
HTS 3008Class, Power, and Social Inequality3
HTS 3016Women and Gender in the United States3
HTS 3017Sociology of Gender3
HTS 3022Gender and Sports3
HTS 3051Women and the Politics of Gender in the Middle East3
HTS 3082Sociology of Science3
HTS 3083Technology and the Shaping of American Society3
HTS 3084Culture and Technology3
HTS 3086Sociology of Medicine and Health3

Literature, Media, and Communication

LMC 2100Introduction to Science, Technology and Culture3
LMC 2200Introduction to Gender Studies3
LMC 3212Women, Literature, and Culture3
LMC 3219Literature and Medicine3
LMC 3225Gender Studies in the Disciplines3
LMC 3302Science, Technology, and Ideology3
LMC 3306Science, Technology, and Race3
LMC 3308Environmentalism and Ecocriticism3
LMC 3316Science, Technology, and Postcolonialism3
LMC 3318Biomedicine and Culture3

Public Policy

PUBP 2012Foundations of Public Policy3
PUBP 4410Science, Technology, and Public Policy3
PUBP 4416Critical Issues in Science and Technology3
PUBP 4200Social Policy Issues3

International Affairs

INTA 4803Special Topics3
INTA 8803Special Topics3

Modern Languages

SPAN 3241The Individual and the Family in Hispanic Literature3
SPAN 3242Society in Hispanic Literature3


ECON 2100Economic Analysis and Policy Problems3
ECON 2101The Global Economy3
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics3

Students can receive credit for either ECON 2100 or ECON 2101, or for ECON 2105/ECON 2106. Students cannot receive credit for ECON 2100 and ECON 2101, or for ECON 2100 and ECON 2105/ECON 2106, or for ECON 2101 and ECON 2105/ECON 2106.

  • A maximum of 6 credit hours of Special Topics courses may be included in a minor program or the student may complete 3 credit hours of Special Topics and 3 credit hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research. Students may not use 6 credit hours of either Special Problems or Undergraduate Research for a minor.
  • A maximum of 3 credit hours of transfer credit may be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor. This includes courses taken at another institution or credit earned through the AP or IB program, assuming the scores meet Georgia Tech minimum standards.
  • All courses counting toward the minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis.
  • All courses used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better.
  • It is the major advisor’s responsibility to verify that students are using only courses from the designated block(s) from the student’s major field of study that are allowed to satisfy a minor program, that they are not using any Core Area A-E courses (including humanities and social sciences), and that they are not using any courses for more than one minor or certificate. Any free elective course used to satisfy the course requirements of the student’s major degree program may also be used to satisfy the course requirements for a minor.