WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- About the history, philosophy, and sociology and anthropology of science, technology, and society (STS)
- Qualitative and quantitative analytical skills that apply to real-world problems
- How to communicate complex ideas about STS
- How to assess and make evidence-based arguments relevant to science and health policy
- Interdisciplinary approaches to studying STS
WHO YOU COULD BE
- Health sciences professional
- Science communicator or writer
- Nonprofit administrator
How does society affect the development of science? How does science interact with religion and philosophy in shaping our worldview? How do science, economics, and social values interact in contemporary decision making?
Science and technology are not isolated disciplines; they are linked to all aspects of human experience, including religion, philosophy, art, literature, economics, politics, and social change. Science and technology are part of lively debates regarding the utilization of natural resources, the allocation of health care, the place of humankind in the natural order, and the nature of the universe. Yet knowing some science, and even understanding how to do science, is not enough for navigating these debates effectively. This is where the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program comes in. Working with STS faculty members, students design their majors to reflect their interests.
"STS was the right major for me because it allowed me to focus on what I was interested in while giving me agency in and ownership over the process... STS invariably becomes a vibrant and close-knit community because students learn about each other's passions while researching their own."