Science, Technology and Society

Learn the myriad ways in which science and technology shape and influence the modern world. Hone flexible thinking skills to maneuver in today’s fast-changing, complex society. This is the only program of its kind in the Carolinas, giving you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge available to few. STS students can either pursue either a B.A. or B.S or a minor.

STS Program

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The goals of the Science, Technology, and Society program at NC State are to:

  • Help students learn ways of thinking and conducting research that characterize the interdisciplinary science, technology, and 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. Jason Delborne

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

Overviews of the STS B.A. and B.S. Majors: link here.

Curricula Requirements: To view STS B.A. and STS B.S. degree details, link to, select "Humanities and Social Sciences" and scroll down to "Science, Technology, and Society" and choose the B.A. or B.S. option.  The right column will display the curriculum and you can click on links to obtain specific degree and course requirement information.  Please be aware that appropriate STS-related courses in addition to the listed required courses are sometimes offered and approved for degree requirements.  Also, here are semester-by-semester plans for STS B.A. and B.S.

Semester by Semester B.A. PlanSemester by Semester B.S. Plan

Overview of the STS Minor: link here.

Class Search: use Registration and Records - Class Search to find STS-related courses.  Be sure to select STS or another course prefix (e.g., HI, BIO, CSC, etc.) in the "Search by Subject" field. 

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

New STS Course More Information

Paranormal studies course raises superstition in students, now available to all

Article by Heidi Reid

Darby Orcutt, assistant head for NC State University Libraries, will be teaching STS: 490: Science, PSI, Sasquatch, and Spirits this spring. This interdisciplinary course teaches students how to use scientific methods to explore topics that are not generally considered part of mainstream science. The course will be delivered online on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:45 p.m. 

Rolf Buchdahl Symposium

The Rolf Buchdahl Symposium brings a guest lecturer to NC State each year to speak on issues that intersect at science, technology, and human values.

2020 Lecture

Click here to learn more about Dr. Rolf Buchdahl, his legacy, and the symposium created in his honor.

Careers in STS

STS graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of fields. For example:

  • An STS graduate might work for business or industry; for federal, state, county, or municipal governments; or for nonprofit public interest organizations, helping to communicate effectively between experts and policymakers.
  • Examples of federal placements are the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency as public outreach specialists, policy analysts, training and development specialists and in other roles.
  • STS majors might work for information technology, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical companies in the areas of public affairs, government relations, regulatory affairs, planning, analysis, strategy, and training and development.
  • An STS graduate might work within the health care industry, helping to manage the managment and delivery of health services.
  • STS graduates might work in museums, science centers, and other informal science education institutions as science interpreters.
  • Students trained in STS might choose to enter science-journalism and reporting, using their training to translate complex technical developments into readable understandable terms for non-experts.
  • Some STS graduates go on to advanced education in the field or in the fields of law, medicine, business, communication, or public policy. More than 25 universities in the U.S. and several in Europe offer graduate degrees in Science, Technology, and Society for students seeking to advance further in the field.