Study the cultural significance and societal effects of science and technology.
Science, Technology and Society (STS) majors and minors explore the effects of science and technology through historical, philosophical and social science lenses.
STS is about knowledge-making practices, so majors take four courses in math, science or engineering to engage in those practices directly.
Other courses may cover concepts like health, disease and disability; policy analysis of technology; the culture of the laboratory; theories of race and genetic engineering; and social networking and the internet.
You’ll choose an elective concentration in a science, an engineering practice, a cognate discipline (philosophy, anthropology, etc.) or an STS issue like policy problems or technological controversies. A final senior seminar includes an independent research project.
What You’ll Study
Four math, science or engineering courses
A course in philosophy of science and technology
Two courses in the history of science and technology
Choose between a science-technology policy course or one on the anthropology of science and technology
Three STS courses focused on a topic of your choice & a senior seminar with an independent project