Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to explore and understand the many ways science and technology shape culture, values, and institutions, and how such contexts shape science and technology. STS provides resources for thinking critically and acting ethically and effectively in a complex and fast-changing world influenced deeply by science and technology. STS examines how science and technology emerge, how they affect society, and how they evolve through social processes. The STS program sponsors several interrelated activities:
- The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) majors in STS, including 30 credit hours of course work in the major: STS 214 - Introduction to STS; STS 403 - Seminar in STS; a four-course breadth requirement consisting of courses chosen from: I-History, II-Philosophy of Science and Ethics, III-Assessment and Policy, and IV-Other STS Courses; and a four-course STS Specialty that addresses a coherent theme related to science, technology, and society.
- The Minor in STS, consisting of 15 hours of course work including STS 214 - Introduction to STS.
- A graduate minor in STS (under development).
- The annual Rolf Buchdahl Lecture on Science, Technology, and Values
The objectives of the STS Program are to:
- Help students learn ways of thinking and conducting research that characterize the interdisciplinary Science, Technology & Society field, and to relate these to larger human concerns
- Enable students to explore complex STS topics by seeing them from multiple perspectives and in relation to other topics, and to integrate STS information and concepts from a variety of sources
- Provide students with the skills and resources to learn key STS concepts, literature, practices, and issues in order to encourage lifelong learning
The Director of the STS Program is Dr. William J. Kinsella, Associate Professor of Communication. Please contact him if you are interested in one of the STS majors (STS BA or BS).
STS Students: Please contact your advisor, Amanda Matson, with any questions involving your STS curriculum.
For additional information, for course registration and enrollment inquiries, and for questions about the STS minor, please contact Bruce Cheek, Student Services Specialist, Division of Interdiciplinary Studies
(For archived version of STS homepage click here.)
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