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Science, Technology and Society

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 degree options and interrelated activities:

  • The STS Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.), with at least 30 credit hours of course work in the major, include: STS 214 - Introduction to STS; STS 403 - Senior 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-related courses; and a four-course STS Specialty that addresses a coherent theme related to science, technology, and society.
  • The STS Bachelor of Science (B.S.) includes an Advanced Science/Technology requirement of 15 hours in one area.
  • The Minor in STS consists of 15 hours of course work including STS 214 - Introduction to STS and three grouped areas of study.
  • 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

For additional information, for course registration and enrollment inquiries, and for questions about the STS Minor, please contact Bruce Cheek, Student Services Specialist, CHASS Interdisciplinary Studies.

STS Students: Please contact your STS Academic Advisor with any questions involving your STS curriculum.