Science, Technology, and International Affairs

The Minor in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA), offered by the College in connection with the the School of Foreign Service, is designed to provide policymaking training to students who already have a strong math and science background.

All students majoring or minoring in a program offered by the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Physics are eligible to pursue the minor. Students not majoring or minoring in a program offered by one of the above departments may seek to pursue the minor by submitting a written proposal to their advising dean in the College after having taken two major-level courses from one of the above departments, exclusive of AP credit. Proposals should articulate a rationale for the minor in relationship to the rest of the student’s program of study, and will be reviewed and evaluated by the College program coordinator, Dean Mike Parker, together with the SFS STIA director.

Minor Requirements

  • Science and Technology in the Global Arena (STIA-305)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON-001)
  • International Relations (GOVT-006)
  • Three elective courses from ONE of the STIA subfields: Environment Studies, including Energy; Business, Growth and Development; Biotechnology and Global Health; and Science, Technology and Security. Students may not use science College math or science courses to fulfill these electives.

This minor is subject to the same controls as other minor programs in the College and does not allow any of the six courses in Groups I–III to be counted toward any other degree option.

A current list of courses can be found here.