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.
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.
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