Aug 16, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Society - Major


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The B.A. in Technology, AI, and Society is an interdisciplinary major that integrates the social sciences and humanities to explore the role of technology in society. The major focuses on understanding the role of advanced technologies in modern life and evaluating the risks and benefits that they present for individuals and society.

The courses in the major address such issues as:

  • Considerations of race, class, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability in applications of technology.
    • Can facial recognition software be biased, and if so, how can this be avoided?
    • What do the huge swaths of data collected from online dating sites and apps tell us about preferences for interracial dating?
  • The role technology has in shaping human nture, personal identity, and the natural environment.
    • In what ways are programs like Siri and Alexa similar to humans? How are they different?
    • How do advanced technologies classify and interpret personal identities, especially among marginalized communities?
  • The impact of advanced technologi on major social institutions, including work, politics, healthcare, law, family and education
    • What are the implications of social media algorithms and the proliferation of deepfakes for democracy?
    • How can algorithms be used to improve health diagnostics and care?
    • How is the gig economy different from previous changes in American labor?
    • How does technology shape romantic and parenting decisions and experiences?
  • The ethical, legal, and political implications of using computers, “big data,” and algorithms to help humans make decisions.
    • Does using algorithms result in fairer sentencing practices than human judges?
    • What are relevant considerations in terms of privacy, security, and confidentiality in regard to artificial intelligence technologies?
  • The impact of artificial intelligence technologies on organizations and business models.
    • Do companies have a duty to workers replaced by computer systems?  
    • How might corporate social responsibility practices change or stay the same in companies using artificial intelligence technologies? 
  • The future of emerging technologies, such as gaming, smart textiles, physical computing, and animal-computer interaction. 
    • Do new technologies demand new ways of thinking about ethics and privacy? 
    • How can students best prepare for cutting-edge technology careers?

Students in the major will be prepared for work in a wide variety of fields including healthcare, education, non-profit work, communications, law, business, and finance

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the role of technology in exacerbating or improving inequality across lines of race, gender, and ability.
  • Evaluate the role of technology in shaping human nature, personal identity, organizations, social institutions, and the natural environment.
  • Interrogate the ethical and political implications of using computers, “big data,” and algorithms to help humans make decisions.
  • Use various programming languages to create computer programs in order to solve a variety of real-world problems.
  • Critically evaluate the capacity for advanced technologies to promote fairness, accountability, trustworthiness, transparency, and ethics in computing.

Core Curriculum Requirements


All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

TAS Curriculum (33 Credits)


TAS Sample Program


Fall, First Year   Spring, First Year  
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 PEQ-3 3
FYS (PEQ-1) 3 PEQ-4 3
ENGW 101 Exposition    3 Foreign Language (with lab) 4
Foreign Language (with lab) 4 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
PEQ-2 3 TAS 239 Can Computers Think? an Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning   3
TAS 211 Revolutionary Computing: Programming and Problem Solving for a Better World    3    
TOTAL 17 TOTAL  16
       
Fall, Sophomore Year   Spring, Sophomore Year  
PEQ-5 3 PEQ-7 (science, with lab) 4
PEQ-6 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Ethics Course 3
Social Inequalities Course 3 Integrative Studies Course (1) 3
TAS 233 Technology & Society    3 Health & Wellnes Course 0
    TAS 251 Artificial Intelligence and Data Ethics   3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 16
       
Fall, Junior Year   Spring, Junior Year  
TAS Elective 3 TAS Elective 3
Elective (liberal arts) 3 Elective (liberal arts) 3
Elective 3 Elective (liberal arts) 3
PEQ-8 3 Elective 3
Integrative Studies Course (2) 3 Integrated Studies Course (3) 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
       
Fall, Senior Year   Spring, Senior Year  
TAS Elective 3 TAS 449 Technology, AI, and Society Capstone   3
Elective (liberal arts) 3 TAS Elective 3
Elective (liberal arts) 3 Elective (liberal arts) 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0    
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15
NOTE - students must complete 90 credits in courses that are designated as liberal arts

 

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