Science and Technology Studies

Academic programs:

Claremont College STS Program
The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program of the Claremont Colleges is an intercollegiate, interdisciplinary program through which students may pursue an integrated study of the history, philosophy, and social dimensions of science and technology. It is predicated on the idea that a full understanding of the character and cultural significance of science and technology requires an interdisciplinary approach involving training in science along with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Colby STS
By choosing from a variety of electives, students in the STS Program are introduced to critical and interdisciplinary perspectives on the interactions of science, technology, and society. Students gain an understanding of the historical and social dimensions of science and technology; they also become better-informed citizens of our high-tech society.

Cornell Department of STS
The major in Science & Technology Studies aims to further students' understanding of the social and cultural meanings of science and technology and their ability to participate meaningfully in policy debates. The major is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in law, public policy or management, as well as for scientists, engineers and social scientists who wish to gain greater familiarity with issues in science, technology and society.

Lehigh University STS Program
"The STS Program at Lehigh University was founded in 1972 and is one of the oldest such programs in the United States. It is the product of a continuing inter-college effort to create a common ground from which to explore the relations between science, technology, and society. The STS Program serves as a focal point for a wide range of courses that study the natures of science and technology, and analyze their social and personal implications."

MIT Program in STS
The STS Program was founded at MIT in 1976 to address this unprecedented and momentous integration of science, technology, and society. Faculty and students in the Program address two basic, interrelated questions: how did science and technology evolve as human activities, and what role do they play in the larger civilization?

North Carolina State University Program on STS
Science, Technology & Society is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to explore and understand the many ways that modern science and technology shape modern culture, values, and institutions, and how modern values shape science and technology. We all depend heavily upon science and technology, and STS studies how science and technology emerge, how they enter society, how they change through social processes, and how society changes, as well.?

Penn State Science, Technology, and Society
"The STS Program at Penn State is an interdisciplinary unit that seeks to understand the relationships among political systems, social traditions, and human values, and endeavors to learn how these relationships are influenced by science and technology, and in turn, how these relationships affect science and technology."

Rochester Institute of Technology STS Program
"The fundamental aim of the STS department at RIT is to develop the student's critical awareness of the interactions among society, culture, science, technology, and the environment. The department views itself as an interdisciplinary bridge between the academic disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering."

RPI Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies
"The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer is one of the few in the world that offers STS degrees from baccalaureate to doctoral levels. Founded in 1982, the Department reflects Rensselaer's commitment to the development of STS as a field of inquiry. The graduate program emphasizes the cultural, historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of scientific and technological society, with a focus on ethical and values issues."

Stanford STS Program
Stanford's Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) offers undergraduates integrated studies of the natures and relationship of science, technology, and engineering, and of the social relations of science and technology. STS provides an arena for dialogue among students of engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences--a common ground where important cross-disciplinary studies transcending the gaps between the technical and non-technical fields are not merely envisioned, but practiced.

UC Davis Science, Technology, and Society Program
The Program in Science and Technology Studies is devoted to understanding the nature, methods, history, and social processes and contexts of science, technology and medicine.

University of Michigan STS Program
It offers a structured academic curriculum through which students can explore the social, cultural, ethical, and political dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.

Vassar College STS

Click here for dozens of links to academic programs in the history and philosophy of science and technology. This clearinghouse is provided by the History of Science Society.