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How to Declare

The STS declaration process does not happen same-day, and can take up to a few weeks so please plan accordingly.  You are encouraged to have your curriculum form approved by a Peer Advisor before the end of Week 9, Spring Quarter, to declare before Summer.


1. Exploring the STS curriculum and taking STS 1

  • Use the STS website: Examine the core courses, concentrations, and BA/BS requirements to identify possible courses that connect with your academic interests.
  • Take STS 1: It is strongly recommended that you complete our introductory course, STS 1: The Public Life of Science and Technology, before declaring the major. This course introduces core concepts in the field and provides a foundation for future work.

STEPS TO DECLARE, students must:

2. Create a Curriculum Plan and meet with a Peer Advisor

  • Create a Curriculum Plan: Using the STS website, as well as the help of the peer advisors (next step), you’ll draft a proposed curriculum plan using either the B.A. Curriculum Plan Template  or the B.S. Curriculum Plan Template. Your classes should exhibit some cohesion within your chosen concentration. Though it is encouraged, you do not need to have a completed curriculum plan prior to meeting with a peer advisor;  if you have completed or started your proposed curriculum plan, please email it to before attending office hours.
  • Talk with a Peer Advisor: The STS Peer Advisors are current STS seniors who have firsthand knowledge of the program and will guide you in drafting a curriculum plan. They are a great resource when it comes to choosing a concenration, navigating classes and sharing their experiences as STS majors, so please do not hesitate to seek their advice during their office hours! Once the Peer Advisor verifies that your plan meets all STS requirements, they will let you know the following steps to complete your required forms and schedule a declaration appointment with the Student Services Officer.

** The declaration process does not happen same-day. It typically takes a week, depending on the volume of applications we receive. As the peer advisors are not available during summer, it is encouraged to have your curriculum form approved by a peer advisor before the end of Week 9, Spring Quarter. If you miss getting that approved, please make an appointment with the SSO, during summer quarter.

3. Submit your declaration forms and make an appointment with the Student Services Officer

  • Complete declaration forms: The required declaration forms are the following: Student Consent to Release Information Form & Individual Curriculum Package Policy Form.
  • Declare in Axess: Please log into Axess and declare STS as a major (drop-down menu on the left hand side of the Student Center page).
  • Make an appointment with the Student Services Officer: After completing the forms, email the Student Services Officer to make a major declaration appointment. You must be in person to declare. At your appointment, the SSO will review your curriculum form and, if it meets all STS requirements, approve your declaration in Axess.
  • Wait for Associate Director’s final approval: If Associate Director, Dr. Sato, has comments or concerns about your curriculum plan she will either provide suggestions of how to strengthen your curriculum or will ask that you meet with her during her office hours.
  • Meet with your Faculty Advisor: You will select a faculty advisor (or assigned one if there is no preference) from our affiliated faculty who will sign off on your curriculum plan and serve as an intellectual mentor. Students should meet with their advisors to discuss academic goals, refine their career aspirations, and/or identify research opportunitites. 


As an STS major you must notify STS of all of your curriculum changes and updates prior to completing courses.  While courses within your concentration may be on the approved course list, they might not create the clear narrative that we require of all our majors.  All change requests must be submitted via the appropriate form in the first two weeks of the applicable quarter for review using. Review the STS Program Polices as are you held accountable for the information as a major.