Department of Science, Technology, and Society


The Department of Science, Technology, and Society offers coursework and programs that bridge the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering to provide a better understanding of the ways in which these fields are mutually interacting forces in our world. The department teaches how to analyze the socio-cultural, historical, political, economic, environmental, ethical, scientific, and/or technological factors that impact the ways in which we live, as well as how these forces impact one other. We are motivated by the belief that understanding science and technology, past and present, is both socially important and intellectually challenging.


Science, Technology, and Society courses


minors: science, technology, and society; and environmental studies


immersions: science, technology, and society; and environmental studies

Latest News

  • February 12, 2019

    Cartoon drawing of people of different races and genders looking at computers, laptos and tablets

    Open Science Isn't Always Open to All Scientists

    Guest essay co-authored by Kaitlin Stack Whitney, visiting assistant professor in the science, technology and society department and the environmental sciences program, published in American Scientist.

  • April 25, 2018

    A student-created poster about the "Attack of the Zebra Mussels." The poster features a mixture of illustrated and real-life photos of Rochester and the Great Lakes region.

    Port of Rochester features student research

    Shipwrecks, invasive species and industrial production are just a few topics of Lake Ontario researched by RIT students, with their findings on display until mid-May at the Port of Rochester terminal building.
  • February 28, 2013

    A portrait of Ashley Aberg standing outside the College of Liberal Arts building.

    Alumna, family create award for students

    RIT alumna Ashley Aberg is hoping an award created by her family will provide substantial financial assistance to RIT students looking to promote their research.