Opportunities: Education
Browse this page for links to and descriptions about education programs in different aspects of humanities policy. An effort has been made here to collect programs that emphasize the interdisciplinary integration of scientific and humanistic aspects of contemporary issues.

Applied Ethics Programs

Fairfield University Program in Applied Ethics
"The Program in Applied Ethics is an integrated set of interdisciplinary courses, seminars, lectures, colloquia, and workshops in the fields of business ethics, ethics of health care, science, law, government, engineering and communications."

LaRoche College Certificate in Applied Ethics

University of Calgary Religious Studies and Applied Ethics
"Students in the Religious Studies and Applied Ethics program learn the applicable religious contexts for understanding why people choose to live or respond to ethical issues as they do. They also learn to identify moral problems arising in contemporary society and develop the tools needed to formulate and critically evaluate various responses. In short, they develop sensitivity to the cultural and religious bases of many people?s moral decisions and learn to make careful and informed decisions about ethical matters in contemporary life."

University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate Program in Applied and Professional Ethics
"This program links analytic and foundational studies in moral theory and applied ethics with case studies and concrete problems arising in the practices of contemporary professionals."


Bioethics Programs

University of Iowa Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities
"The PBEMH program engages in educational efforts directed at medical students, residents, medical faculty, dental faculty, nurses, and other health professionals."


Humanities Programs

Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Humanities Program
"This program is committed to a rethinking of the role humanities education has in an ever increasing technological and multicultural world."

University of North Texas Philosophy and Religion Studies Department
"The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies provides a traditional program emphasizing the history of philosophy. It seeks to teach the student methods of thinking about the comprehensive themes of truth, beauty, goodness and wisdom, conclusions concerning which can be used in the classroom as well as in life situations. In addition, it provides an interdisciplinary minor in religion studies for students interested in seminary study or graduate studies in religion."

Wayne State University Humanities Program
"The Humanities program provides a range of interdisciplinary courses in comparative arts and offfers the opportunity to explore, understand, and appreciate the arts, and to evaluate their importance to life."

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Policy Programs

University of Colorado Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy
"The Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy at the University of Colorado-Boulder, which is being offered in a parallel form at the Colorado School of Mines, is a rigorous educational program to prepare students pursuing graduate degrees for careers at the interface of science, technology, and decision making."

Stanford University Public Policy Program
"The Public Policy Program gives students the foundational skills and institutional knowledge necessary for understanding the policy process, and provides an interdisciplinary course of study in the design, management, and evaluation of public sector programs and institutions."


Science, Technology, and Society Studies Programs (STS)

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.


Nature and Culture Programs

UC Davis Nature and Culture
"The Nature and Culture major is a coherent interdisciplinary set of studies that offers exploration of the complex relationships existing between human cultures and the natural world. This program is the first of its kind in the country, providing a rigorous curriculum that interweaves courses in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, supplemented by elective course work in these and other fields of study. There are at present three required core courses in Nature and Culture itself, a principal function of which is to tie together knowledge and experience gained in the various disciplines that students will work in as they progress through their studies."

UC Davis Nature and Culture 1 course
"In this class we will study the intersections of nature and culture through the perspectives of both scientific and literary approaches."


Environmental Studies Programs

University of Colorado Environmental Studies Progam
"CU-Boulder offers a Bachelor's degree with a major in Environmental Studies, as well as a graduate program offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program, and utilizes existing courses given in various Arts and Sciences departments. The program is designed to provide a broad, but rigorous education in environmental issues and problem-solving, as opposed to a traditional, discipline-based training."

Click here for links to dozens of Environmental Studies Programs. This clearinghouse is provided by Brown University's Center for Environmental Studies.