About STS

Science, Technology, and Society–"STS"–is the interdisciplinary field that studies science and technology in their social content and context.  It is motivated by the belief that understanding science and technology, past and present, is both socially important and intellectually challenging.  The STS field thus offers unique opportunities for bridging the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.

STS courses offer students opportunities to combine science and technology studies with environmental studies, to place science and technology into historical perspective, and to focus on the challenges of new science and technology policy. STS students address questions of crucial importance to modern civilization, such as the following:

  • What are science and technology, and how do they interact with each other?
  • How do science and technology function in society, in the lives of individuals, and in various cultural or environmental contexts?
  • What ethical, value-laden issues do science and technology raise?
  • What sociocultural, humanistic, and environmental issues characterize the practice of science and technology?
  • How do societies and individuals express themselves through science and technology?
  • What impacts do science and technology have on societies, on individuals, and on various environments?
  • How do science and technology change over time?
  • What changes do science and technology bring to the societies of which they are a part?
  • How are science and technology changed by their societies?
  • Because modern society depends so heavily on the techno-scientific enterprise, STS graduates are well-positioned to enter a variety of professional fields.

Because modern society depends so heavily on the techno-scientific enterprise, STS graduates are well-positioned to enter a variety of professional fields.