The Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and Society (STS) is a new, interdisciplinary degree that combines coursework in the Social Sciences, Humanities and selected fields in science and technology. This customizable program offers students the opportunity to explore how political, economic, cultural, and social forces influence science and technology, and the ways science and technology impact society.
As an STS major, you'll focus on the aspects and approaches of STS that are of greatest interest to you, while also gaining a strong foundation in core topics in the field. These include sustainability, the ethical aspects of science and technology, medicine and health, the history and sociology of science, human interaction with technologies and technological systems, the economics of innovation, and science and technology policy. You'll also be trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as Geographic Information Systems, computational analysis, and intercultural communication, putting these skills to use in an academically-supervised professional internship or an academic capstone geared toward policy or program evaluation and analysis—meaning you can graduate with practical experience on your resume.
Program at a glance
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and Society (STS) learn not only how economic, cultural, political, and social forces affect scientific endeavors and technological innovation but how, in turn, science and technology shape society, cultural values, power relations, and the distribution of resources.
As an STS major, you'll gain:
- An understanding of the multi-faceted interactions between society, science and technology
- Skills needed to analyze these interactions and to formulate policy recommendations
- The ability to communicate across disciplines and cultures
- The knowledge and skills to compete in today’s international job market
The BS in STS prepares students for careers in the following areas:
- government agencies
- community outreach
- think tanks
- science journalism
- international institutions
- non-governmental organizations
- advanced research in the history of science, humanities, political economy, and sociology
You'll also be prepared to pursue graduate studies in fields such as business administration, law, and public policy.