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Where Technology and Intelligence Meet the Social Sciences
Advancements in science and technology generate social, ethical and political issues. Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are teaching students how to navigate these changing waters as they strive to make the world a smarter — and safer — place. [...]
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Jefferson Scholars Expand Their Horizons
CHASS sponsors a number of dual degree programs that allow students to combine scientific or professional study with a focus in the humanities or social sciences. [...]

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 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 general information about the STS program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Kathleen Vogel.  

For course registration and enrollment inquiries please contact Bruce Cheek, Student Services Specialist, Interdisciplinary Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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