STS Programs: United States

  • 1 Arizona State University
  • 2 Bard College
  • 3 Brown University
  • 4 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • 5 Colby College
  • 6 Claremont Colleges
  • 7 Cornell University
  • 8 Drexel University
  • 9 Emory University
  • 10 Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 11 Harvard University
  • 12 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 13 Johns Hopkins University
  • 14 Lehigh University
  • 15 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • 16 Morrisville State College, State University of New York (SUNY)
  • 17 New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • 18 North Carolina State University
  • 19 Pennsylvania State University
  • 20 Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • 21 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • 22 Rice University
  • 23 Rochester Institute of Technology
  • 24 Santa Clara University
  • 25 Stanford University
  • 26 Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 27 University of California, Berkeley
  • 28 University of California, Davis
  • 29 University of California, San Diego
  • 30 University of Chicago
  • 31 University of Maryland, College Park
  • 32 University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 33 University of Massachusetts Boston
  • 34 University of Michigan
  • 35 University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • 36 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • 37 University of Notre Dame
  • 38 University of Pennsylvania
  • 39 University of Puget Sound
  • 40 University of Texas at Austin
  • 41 University of Virginia
  • 42 Vassar College
  • 43 Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI)
  • 44 University of Washington, Seattle
  • 45 University of Wisconsin, Madison

Arizona State University

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Arizona State University is adorned with towering Mexican Fan Palms along its main walkway, Palm Walk.

PROGRAM NAME: The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO)


LOCATION: Tempe, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix) – one of the nicest places, weather-wise, during the school year!

DESCRIPTION: CSPO is one of the world’s leading research centers for the integration of STS and Science and Technology Policy Studies. Founded in 2003, CSPO today has over 60 faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students working on a huge diversity of projects. The largest of these projects is the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, a $12 million NSF-funded research network that also includes the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Georgia Tech. ASU has currently embarked on a major reorganization of the university’s intellectual geography to orient its work toward solving the grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. As a flagship program in that transformation, we are working closely with ASU’s President Michael Crow, the science and engineering community, and business and policy leaders to create an approach to research and innovation that fosters exciting research in the human and social dimensions of science and technology and brings it to bear on the practice of science and engineering.

  • Faculty: David Guston (MIT), Merlyna Lim (Twente), Clark Miller (Cornell), Daniel Sarewitz (Cornell), Jameson Wetmore (Cornell), Netra Chhetri (Penn State), Cynthia Selin (Danish Technical Institute), Erik Fisher (Colorado), Dave Conz (ASU). Other ASU STS faculty include Jane Maienschein, Jason Robert, Ed Hackett, Andrew Hamilton, Ben Minteer, Elizabeth Corley, Anne Schneider, Prasad Boradkar, Ira Bennett, and many, many others in history and philosophy of science, law, science & technology, and other programs.
  • Contact into: Jameson Wetmore – [email protected]
  • Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University

Graduate Programs

PROGRAM NAME: Ph.D. in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology

URL: [2]

DESCRIPTION: The program builds on the combined expertise of four world-class research centers: the Center for Biology and Society, the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, and the Center for Law, Science, and Technology. Our philosophy is simple. Science and technology are too important to be left to scientists and engineers. We believe humanists and social scientists have unique roles to play in helping to understand and inform the conceptual and philosophical foundations of scientific research; to analyze and assess the increasingly powerful roles of science and technology as agents of change in society and the economy; and to challenge universities to become leaders in fostering the new science and technology policies necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Applications for each year’s class are due on December 15th.

PROGRAM NAME: Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Science & Technology Policy

URL: [3]

DESCRIPTION: As a world leader in science and technology policy, Arizona State University offers a unique environment to enter a career in this exciting, rapidly expanding field. This one-year program is currently the only one of this kind in the nation. It offers an entry point to advanced public, private and not-for-profit careers in Arizona, Washington, DC and around the world. Gain essential skills, knowledge and methods for analyzing innovation, expertise and large-scale technological systems. Examine the political and societal impacts of science and technology. Learn how to write effectively about science and technology and their interconnections with human lives, community development or global transformation. Work alongside scientists, engineers, and elected officials to find creative solutions to many of today’s most complex challenges including risk, sustainability, health, energy, development, security, information, infrastructure, and democracy.

Undergraduate Program

PROGRAM NAME: B.S. in Science, Technology and Society

URL: [4]

LOCATION: Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona

DESCRIPTION: The Social Science program in the School of Letters and Sciences is unique in its location at Arizona State University. Although we provide education to our students that meets traditional expectations in the social sciences, we are not another generic social science division on a university campus. Rather, we seek to sculpt a first-rate social science entity appropriate to a polytechnic learning center. We are developing core strength on the interaction of science, technology and human systems and would like to become a world-class learning center in this area. It includes governance and public policy; science, technology and community development; science, technology, culture and human values; the politics of technology development; science, technology and population diversity; science, technology and international engagement; and science, technology and the environment.

FACULTY: Social Sciences Faculty [5]

CONTACT: (480) 727-1526 or [email protected]

(Note: Undergraduate Program is not affiliated with CSPO)

Bard College

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology, and Society


LOCATION: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Degrees offered: Undergraduate

Brown University

PROGRAM NAME: Science and Technology Studies


LOCATION: Providence, RI

Degrees offered: Undergraduate concentration

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

PROGRAM LOCATION: Pomona, California

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology, and Society

PROGRAM TYPE: Science, Technology, and Society (Steve Fuller’s ‘low church’ orientation)


DEGREES OFFERED: Undergraduate Major (BA) and Minor

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Cal Poly Pomona’s STS program, which started in 2009, is the only STS program in the California State University (CSU). With colleges of Engineering, Environmental Design (including the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, and Agriculture, as well as Colleges of Science, and of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Cal Poly Pomona is an ideal location for STS.

The STS Major prepares students who seek a job requiring a broader perspective on science and technology than that provided by a traditional science or technology major; such jobs include those in law or business which are engaged with aspects of science and technology, in science and technology public policy making or analysis, in science and technology public interest advocacy, and in science journalism. In brief, the STS Major prepares students for jobs with require scientific and technological literacy as well as a broad perspective on science and technology and an ability to write and argue from this perspective.

The STS Minor requires science and technology majors to systematically consider the historical, social, cultural, political, and ethical aspects of science and technology. This gives science and technology majors a better understanding of important practical aspects of science and technology, in particular, the complex interaction between science and technology on the one hand and society on the other. Such practical understanding helps put in clearer focus such issues as political influence on science and technology funding and the public understanding of science and technology. In providing this broadening of perspective on science and technology, the STS Minor prepares science and technology majors to be better sensitive to social needs and to better understand the public’s complex reaction to science and technology. In addition, the STS Minor also facilitates communication across disciplinary standpoints, even across standpoints as diverse as those in the natural sciences, engineering, the humanities, and the social sciences.

In sum, the STS Minor provides science and technology majors with a sense of how science and technology exists in a broader human context. (By contrast the Major opens opportunities for writing- and argument-intensive science- and technology-related careers (such as those in science- and technology-related law and public policy) which are alternative to careers as scientists and technologists.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Curricula:,_Tech,_Soc_10.pdf

Director: Peter Ross, Philosophy Department (the program is currently administered by the Philosophy Department

Contact: pwross ‘at’

Advisory Board: Faculty from seven of the university’s eight colleges, listed at

Colby College

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology, and Society


LOCATION: Waterville, ME

Degrees offered: Undergraduate, undergraduate minor

Claremont Colleges

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology, and Society


LOCATION: Claremont, California

Degrees offered: Undergraduate concentration, undergraduate minor

Cornell University

PROGRAM NAME: Department of Science & Technology Studies



DESCRIPTION: Cornell University’s S&TS Department offers both undergraduate and graduate education designed to promote and deepen understanding of science and technology. Drawing on faculty and courses in history, philosophy, sociology, and politics of science and technology, the Department of Science & Technology Studies provides an integrated approach to addressing issues that we must engage today and in the future. Building on a tradition of teaching and research that began more than 50 years ago, the Cornell S&TS program prepares students for a wide range of careers.

Since World War II, Cornell faculty have offered courses in history of science and related topics. In the 1970s, Cornell developed one of the first programs worldwide to apply policy analysis and related disciplines to science and technology. A separate graduate program began in the 1980s, and in 1991 the various programs were combined into a new Department of Science & Technology Studies. The S&TS department administers two undergraduate majors (in Science & Technology Studies and in Biology & Society), a vibrant graduate program, and sponsors a variety of regular reading groups, colloquia, and seminars. Today, the Cornell Department of Science & Technology Studies is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the strongest and most important sites for studying the interweaving of science, technology, and society.

  • Faculty: Richard Boyd, Brian Chabot, Peter Dear, Park Doing, Stephen Hilgartner, Ron Kline, Kevin Lambert, Christine Leuenberger, Bruce Lewenstein, Michael Lynch, Walter Lynn, Trevor Pinch, Allison Power, Rachel Prentice, Jessica Ratcliff, Judith Reppy, Margaret Rossiter, Phoebe Sengers, Suman Seth, Kathleen Vogel, L. Pearce Williams
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  • Cornell University: Department of Science & Technology Studies

Drexel University

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology & Society


LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA


DESCRIPTION: Students in Drexel’s Science, Technology & Society master’s degree program investigate the co-production of science and society; that is, the many ways cultural, economic, historical, and political contexts influence science, technology and medicine, and how science, technology and medicine influence these contexts. Questioning the taken-for-granted, students hone their skills in humanities and social science research methods to examine the interactions among science, technology, identities and relationships, and how these are rooted in larger structural relationships. Through this program, graduate students explore the impact of new technologies and scientific knowledge as well as their many social, ethical and legal implications.

STS at Drexel takes on some of our most important questions in contemporary science, technology, and medicine with a multidisciplinary toolkit. Faculty in anthropology, criminal justice, history, information sciences, philosophy, political science, public health and sociology contribute to a curriculum that features a broad set of perspectives, all grounded in a foundation of critical thinking, strong research methods expertise, and clear writing and presentation skills.

Faculty and students research a range of topics including, but not limited to, the social dimensions of nanotechnology, disasters, food access, medicine and health, computing technologies, transportation systems, environment and sustainability, and diversity in the STEM workforce. Working with a primary advisor, graduate students develop an individualized plan of study that allows them to pursue their interests in depth. Founded in 1998, a partial listing of Drexel STS graduate theses can be found here:

Director: Kelly Joyce, PhD

Info Contact: Nirva LaFortune, [email protected]

Emory University

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Culture & Society


LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia

Degrees offered: Undergraduate minor

Georgia Institute of Technology

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PROGRAM NAME: School of History, Technology & Society; Program in History & Sociology of Technology & Science

PROGRAM TYPE: Undergraduate & Graduate

URL: [6]


The Georgia Institute of Technology – commonly known as Georgia Tech – is a public, coeducational university, part of the University System of Georgia, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; and Singapore.

Consistently ranked among the top ten public universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Georgia Tech is best known for its programs in engineering, computing, and the sciences, though it also offers degrees in architecture, liberal arts, and management.

Established in 1885 and opened in 1888 with the construction of Tech Tower and a shop building, Georgia Tech’s campus occupies a large part of Midtown Atlanta. In 1996, it was the site of the athletes’ village, and a venue for a number of athletic events for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The School of History, Technology, and Society (HTS), an interdisciplinary unit within the Ivan Allen College, consists of scholars from History and Sociology. The School offers a B.S. degree; undergraduate minors in History, Sociology, and Women, Science, & Technology; and certificate programs not only in History and Sociology but also in African American Studies, Asian Affairs, and European Affairs. Graduate students can earn an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science.

Degrees offered: B.S., M.S. & Ph.D.

Graduate Curriculum: Courses

Chair: Ronald H. Bayor (American Urban History, Pennsylvania)

Faculty: Eleanor Alexander (African-American History); Ronald Bayor (Urban and Ethnic History, Immigration Studies); Laura Bier (Post-Colonial Nationalisms, Modern Middle Eastern, Modern European History); Amanda Damarin (Economic Sociology, Work and Inequality, Social Theory, and Culture); Douglas Flamming (American South since the Civil War, Vietnam War); Lawrence Foster (American Social History, Comparative History); August Giebelhaus (Economic and Business History, History of Technology); Kenneth J. Knoespel (History of Science & Technology in Modern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia); John Krige (Kranzberg Professor: Science, Technology, and the Postwar Reconstruction of Europe); Hanchao Lu (History of Modern China and Japan); Carole E. Moore(Ancient and Medieval History); Gregory H. Nobles (Early American, Environment, and Labor History); Willie Pearson, Jr. (Sociology of Science, Sociology of the Family); Sue Rosser (Dean of Ivan Allen College: Theoretical and Applied Problems of Women and Science, Women’s Health); Jonathan Schneer (Modern European and British History, Labor History); John Lawrence Tone (Modern Spain, French Revolution, Military History); Steven Usselman(History of Technology, Industrial History, Recent U.S. History); William Winders (Political Sociology, Sociology of Inequality).

Contact info:

  • School of History, Technology & Society, 685 Cherry Street NW, D.M. Smith Bldg. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345

Harvard University

PROGRAM NAME: Program on Science, Technology & Society

LOCATION: Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


DESCRIPTION: The STS Program at the Kennedy School is a leading center for the study of STS in the context of law, policy, and politics. Led by Sheila Jasanoff, STS at Harvard offers a fellows program that is a magnet for scholars of the politics of science and technology from all over the world, who participate in a yearlong research seminar while also experiencing an exciting environment of vibrant intellectual exchange and enrichment. STS at Harvard also has close ties with the MIT STS program and the Harvard History of Science Department, often drawing several students from each into the ongoing research seminar. The Harvard STS Program also serves as the host for the annual meeting of the Science and Democracy Network, a professional community for scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of scientific research, technological innovation, and democratic governance. The program hosts a weekly discussion series, the STS Circle, which draws from a large pool of both established and upcoming STS scholars for its presentations and audience. Once a semester, the program sponsors the Science and Democracy Lecture Series, public talks which features interdisciplinary panels of top STS scholars discussing topics pertaining to the meaning of science and technology in democratic societies.

  • Faculty: Sheila Jasanoff
  • Kennedy School of Goverment, Harvard University: Program on Science, Technology, and Society

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LOCATION: Champaign, IL

PROGRAM NAME: Information and Society

URL: PhD program

DESCRIPTION (PhD concentration, Information and Society): The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science is recruiting a select group of doctoral students interested in pursuing the study of information in society, including policy, economic, and historical dimensions. Your interests may lie in any part of the emerging field of information studies, such as practices of information organization, library history, the political economy of information, or community information systems; your academic background may be in library and information science, history, law, communications or other fields—as long as you share our commitment to engaging deeply with the processes that structure information in society. Fellowship recipients should be seeking to prepare for careers as faculty members in schools of library and information science.

  • Faculty: Professor Dan Schiller and Professor and Associate Dean Linda Smith

PROGRAM NAME: Social, Community, and Organizational Informatics

URL: Areas of Research

Social informatics as an area of research seeks to understand the way information and communication systems and technologies shape and are shaped by the social context of their creation and use. Studies explore what pre-existing practices in information and communication produce particular designs and uses of information systems, how invisible technical and social infrastructures facilitate or limit access to information resources, and how anticipated and unanticipated appropriations of technology lead to new uses and practices. A further aspect of the field is the exploitation of information technology as a tool to understand social relationships. Research includes both descriptive and analytic accounts of these relationships as well as studies of ethical and policy questions. Since information systems pre-date computing technology, the field considers historical and philosophical foundations as well.

  • Faculty: Associate Professor Ann Peterson Bishop
  • Contact info: [email protected]
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Graduate School of Library and Information Science: PhD program,Social Informatics area of research

Johns Hopkins University

LOCATION: Baltimore, MD

PROGRAM NAME: History of Science and Technology


Lehigh University

PROGRAM NAME: cience, Technology, and Society Studies


LOCATION: Bethlehem, PA

Degrees offered: Undergraduate major, undergraduate minor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


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Morrisville State College, State University of New York (SUNY)

LOCATION: 223 Crawford Hall, PO Box 901, Morrisville, New York, 13408

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology, and Society


DESCRIPTION: The Science, Technology, and Society degree program at Morrisville State College offers students a bachelor of science degree and prepares students for work in the fields of environmental science or information technology, particularly areas of these fields which require reflection upon the related social issues and policies. The degree is also valuable as preparation for many of the excellent graduate degree programs in STS.

The degree is composed of a core undergraduate STS curriculum, including courses on history of science, the sociology of science and technology, and the values of science and technology, advanced topics STS courses, numerous related electives, and a senior seminar. This core is bolstered by a concentration in the technical fields of Enviromental Science/Renewable Resources and/or Computer Information Technology.

This new program, established in fall 2007, is one of the few undergraduate level STS programs available in the United States and is currently the only such degree program within the State University of New York.

  • Morrisville State College: Science, Technology & Society Program

New Jersey Institute of Technology

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology and Society


LOCATION: Newark, New Jersey

Degrees offered: BS

North Carolina State University

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology & Society



Degrees offered: BA, BS, undergraduate minor

Director: Matthew Morse Booker, History

Contact: [email protected]

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Science, Technology, & Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines how science and technology shape cultures, values, institutions, and practices, and how such phenomena shape science and technology. The program’s objectives are to 1) help students learn ways of thinking and inquiry that characterize the STS field, relating these to larger human concerns; 2) enable students to explore complex STS topics from multiple perspectives, integrating concepts and information from a range of sources; and 3) provide students with resources for lifelong learning in relation to STS concepts, literature, practices, and issues.

The BA and BS majors include 30 credit-hours of coursework in the major: STS 214-Introduction to STS; STS 403-Seminar in STS; a four-course breadth requirement comprising courses chosen from group I-History of Science and Technology, group II-Philosophy of Science and Ethics, group III-Assessment and Policy, and group IV-Other STS Courses; and a four-course STS Specialty addressing a coherent related theme. The STS Minor consists of 15 hours of relevant course work including STS 214-Introduction to STS.

Participating Faculty:

David Austin, Philosophy; Ross Bassett, History; Andrew R. Binder, Communication; Matthew Booker, History John Carroll, Philosophy; Jason Delborne, Forestry & Environmental Resources; Catherine Driscoll, Philosophy; Keith Earnshaw, Interdisciplinary Studies; Daniel Graham, Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies; Denis Gray, Psychology; Nora Haenn, Anthropology; Patrick Hamlett, Political Science; Karey Harwood, Religious Studies; Susan Katz, English; William Kimler, History; William Kinsella, Communication; Nell Kriesberg, Interdisciplinary Studies; Stephen Markham, Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Carolyn Miller, English; Robert Patterson, Crop Science; Jeremy Packer, Communication; Adriana de Souza e Silva, Communication; Sarah Stein, Communication; Jason Swarts, English; Philipp Tavakoli, Interdisciplinary Studies; Stephen Wiley, Communication; R. Michael Young, Computer Science

PROGRAM NAME: Genetic Engineering and Society

URLs: and

Degrees offered: PhD in home department with GES graduate minor

Director: Fred Gould, Entomology

Contact: [email protected]


PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Our program addresses emerging issues related to Genetic Engineering and Society. With funding from the US National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education Research Training (IGERT) program, the current research focus examines questions related to genetic pest modification (GPM). GPM offers the potential to alter and control mosquitoes, mice, fish, and other species that pose risks to human health, biodiversity, and sustainable development. Its goal is to manipulate genomes of pest populations to decrease their density or render them harmless. The scientific and social dimensions of this emerging technology must be explored together to evaluate its feasibility, appropriateness, and potential contributions. Our approach aims to foster effective collaboration among ecologists, social scientists, humanists, policy analysts, molecular biologists, and communities that may be affected by these technologies.

Pennsylvania State University

PROGRAM NAME: Program in Science, Technology, & Soceity


LOCATION: State College, PA (in the very ‘centre’ of the state)

DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1968, STS is an intercollege program in the College of Engineering and the College of the Liberal Arts, with faculty in fields of science policy, history and philosophy of science and technology, law, medical and environmental ethics, and disability studies.

  • Core faculty: Jesse Ballenger, Dorothy Blair, Donald Brown, Richard Doyle, Darryl Farber, John Horgan, Jonathan Marks, Bettina Mathes, Jennifer Mensch, Veena Raman, Erich Schienke, Chloe Silverman, Susan Squier, Nancy Tuana, Steven Walton, Harry West.
  • Affiliated Faculty: Michael Bérubé (English), Anne Buchanan (Anthropology), Mark Fisher (Philosophy), Leland Glenna (Rural Sociology), Kathryn Jablokow (Mechanical Engineering), Janet Lyon (English), Mark Morrisson (English), Richard Schuhmann (Engineering Design), Stuart Selber (English), Ken Weiss (Anthropology), Philip Wilson (Medical Humanities), Brent Yarnal (Geography)

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NOTE: Program closed on July 1, 2012.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

PROGRAM NAME: Science and Technology Studies


LOCATION: New York, New York

Degrees offered: BS, undergraduate minor

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Department of Science and Technology Studies

Rice University


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  • Rice University Department of Anthropology

Rochester Institute of Technology

PROGRAM NAME: Science and Technology Studies; Science, Technology and Society


LOCATION: Rochester, NY

Degrees offered: Undergraduate concentration; undergraduate minor

Santa Clara University

LOCATION: Loyola Hall, Suite 206, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California, 95053

PROGRAM NAME: Center for Science, Technology, and Society


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DESCRIPTION: The Center for Science, Technology, and Society researches and promotes the use of science and technology for the common good. Through research, education, and public events, the Center brings together scholars, industry leaders, and public advocates to collaboratively serve humanity by leveraging its unique strengths.

  • Faculty: Dr. Geoffrey Bowker, Executive Director; Dr. Pedro Hernández-Ramos, Associate Director; Dr. S. Leigh Star, Senior Scholar; Dr. James L. Koch, Founding Director and Executive Director of the Global Social Benefit Incubator; Allen S. Hammond, Program Director, Law and Public Policy.
  • Santa Clara University: Center for Science, Technology & Society

Stanford University

Location: Palo Alto, CA Program name: Program in Science, Technology and Society URL:[7]

Description: 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.

Stanford’s STS program, founded in 1971, is among the oldest of such programs in the United States. Stanford STS graduates, taking full advantage of their unique, demanding, and intellectually stimulating training, have entered distinguished graduate programs, such as Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and graduate programs at the Universities of Sussex and Pennsylvania. STS alumni and alumnae have forged successful careers in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, law, public service, medicine, and academia.

  • Director: Prof. Robert McGinn
  • An Interdisciplinary Committee:

* Robert McGinn, (Director) Management Science and Engineering * Hank Greeley, Law * Ursula Heise, English * Brad Osgood, Electrical Engineering * Eric Roberts, Computer Science * Scott Sagan, Political Science * Rebecca Slayton, STS * Frederick Turner, Communications * John Willinsky, Education

  • Degrees Offered: B.A.,B.S, Minor, Honor in STS.
  • Contact information:

Program in Science, Technology and Society Bldg. 370 Stanford, CA 94305-2120 Telephone: (650) 723-2565 Fax: (650) 725-5389

Stevens Institute of Technology

PROGRAM NAME: Science and technology studies


LOCATION: Hoboken, New Jersey

Degrees offered: Undergraduate minor

University of California, Berkeley


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DESCRIPTION: Founded in 2005, the Science, Technology, and Society Center is one of a growing number of newly funded ST&S centers, and it’s in distinguished company, including the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization in Oxford University’s Said Business School and the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Like its Oxford and Madison counterparts, the Berkeley STS Center seeks to assemble a diverse community of scholars and scientists who study the “origins, growth, and consequences of scientific and technological knowledge and practice.” The Center construes STS broadly enough to encompass medicine and media as well as science and engineering. This community is truly diverse, as one can immediately see from the list of affiliated faculty, who are drawn from all over the University (including a substantial number of engineering faculty). Since it’s clear that S&TS needs to engage scientists and engineers in dialogue and cooperative scholarship in order to advance knowledge in our field, it seems equally clear that the Berkeley STS Center is at the cutting edge of our field.

The Center’s ambitions go beyond facilitating collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects at Berkeley; indeed, it is seen as the center for coordinating an effort to support the dissemination of S&TS throughout the University of California system. Taking a cue from STS Wiki, a major new initiative is the MediaWiki-based [8] STSNet, which provides a platform for resource sharing and planning among STS scholars throughout the UC system.

Director: Charis Thompson (Rhetoric and Gender & Women’s Studies); Associate Director: David Winickoff (Environmental Science, Policy and Management)

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University of California, Davis




DEGREE: Undergraduate B.A.( , Undergraduate minor (



“Science and Technology Studies is a new major created to address the complex issues of how science, technology, medicine, and engineering have developed and continue to develop within societies and cultures. STS is a fully interdisciplinary program drawing on American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Science and Policy, History, Philosophy, and Sociology to understand, interpret, and intervene in our changing world. You will learn to think critically, explore controversies, and find a common ground between social and technical concerns. As an STS major you can design your studies to follow your interests and prepare you for making meaningful careers in law, medicine and healthcare, public policy, environmental justice, bioethics, science or technical writing, biotech and digital business. STS is also designed to be combined with other majors to deepen your chosen path with cross-disciplinary expertise.” Available degree tracks are I. Cultural Studies of Science and Technology; II. Ethics, Values, and Science Policy; III. History and Philosophy of Science; IV. Medicine, Society, and Culture.

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University of California, San Diego


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  • UC San Diego: Science Studies

University of Chicago

PROGRAM NAME: Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science


LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois

Degrees offered: Graduate

University of Maryland, College Park

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology and Society


LOCATION: College Park, Maryland

Two Undergraduate Degrees offered: College Park Scholars Citation in STS; University Certificate in STS


The College Park Scholars Citation in STS is awarded to sophomores who have completed the requirements of the two-year curriculum of the Science Technology & Society program within the broader family of <a href=””>College Park Scholars</a> living-learning programs. Requirements include three 1-credit courses, one 3-credit course, and three 3-credit supporting courses drawn from other departments. About 75 freshmen start and 60 upperclassmen complete the program annually. Each course blends intellectual, practical, community, and job-related skills including group work, public speaking, research, academic writing, and the application of STS theory to interpreting the interactions of science and technology with society. The 1-credit practicum course taken by each sophomore focuses on community-based service (robotics clubs in Prince George’s County public schools), leadership and teaching, or interpreting an internship to be a launchpad for the student’s next job related to their major. The 3-credit sophomore capstone course requires students to apply STS theory to a case study of their choosing; in 2012-2013 they are encouraged to choose a topic that complements their technical coursework. Both freshmen and sophomores are required to interview researchers or practitioners (typically engineers) for their coursework, as a practical means of initiating informational interviews and acting on the networks available to them. Students participate in numerous out-of-the-classroom activities, including participating in service during university events, attending lectures on campus, and enjoying themselves on recreational field trips. Admission to the program is by invitation during the regular admissions process for all freshmen. Scholars is the oldest living-learning community on campus and STS is one of its founding programs.

The University Certificate in STS is awarded to seniors who have completed their undergraduate major and all requirements of the multi-year STS curriculum. STS is the only undergraduate certificate administered by the School of Engineering and is a stand-alone program open to any student in the university. It provides great flexibility for students who wish to blend their technical and social science interests; traditionally, about half the certificate earners are engineers and half are from elsewhere on campus. The program has two required courses, the same 3-credit course required of the College Park Scholars STS students, and a 3-credit Capstone, typically taken as a senior, which is a research seminar in the application of STS theory to a case study to generate a 35-page term paper. Additional requirements include two additional 3-credt courses and three additional 3-credit upper level courses, for a total of 21 credits; courses are drawn from throughout the catalog offered by other departments. The University Certificate program offers annual field trips to research labs in the greater Washington, DC, Metro area, such as Army Research Lab (Adelphi MD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg MD). It supports the monthly <a href=””>MCHOTSE colloquium</a> in the history of science, technology & environment, which is run by the Department of History, and in collaboration with MCHOTSE invites a distinguished annual speaker to campus. The STS Certificate initiated the “Literature of Science and Technology course,” which is now a fixture of the Department of English General Education offerings. In 2012-2013 the STS Certificate is organizing the MCHOTSE colloquium and initiating an STS Brownbag to create community for STS-philiacs on and near campus.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology and Society


LOCATION: Amherst, Massachusetts

Degrees offered: Undergraduate concentration, graduate concentration

University of Massachusetts Boston

Graduate Program

PROGRAM NAME: Science in a Changing World (M.Sc. and Graduate Certificate)

URL: [9]

LOCATION: Boston, MA (and online)

DESCRIPTION: Engaging with scientific, technological, educational and social change, the Science and a Changing World Masters and Graduate Certificate serving students who want to focus on science in the context of social change or individual intellectual development.

Course material, classroom activities, teaching/learning interactions, and projects focused on real-world problems provide students opportunities to:

* learn about science and its social context * gain a set of models for work in education, policy, and other areas of civic engagement * discuss practices and philosophies of science, education, and social change; and * undertake research with a view to engaging with science in a changing social and personal world.

Students with diverse backgrounds and career paths–from laboratories to field research, journalism to policy formulation, teaching to activism–are welcome to join the track. In addition to examining Science and its Social Context, students develop valuable professional skills in Research, Writing, and Evaluation for Civic Engagement and in Collaborative Processes and Problem-Based Teaching around current controversies involving science and technology.

Science in a Changing World students graduate well prepared to move across the persistent divide between sciences and humanities. They are able to participate in questioning and shaping the direction of scientific and social changes, as well as to teach and engage others to participate in this important endeavor.

FACULTY: Peter Taylor (Program Director; life, environmental, and health sciences in their social context; critical reflective practice in science; ecological complexity; gene-environment debates; social epidemiology),Arthur Eisenkraft (science education, especially active physics), Nina Greenwald (problem-based learning with biomedical cases),Fadia Harik (mathematics education),Arthur Millman (environmental ethics; philosophy of science), Rachel Skvirsky (biology in a social context, especially genetics and molecular biology),Carol Smith (children and science; conceptual change; cognitive development),Robert Stevenson (citizen science; technological change, values & institutions), Bala Sundaram (non-linear dynamics; mathematical biology), Brian White (biology education; educational software and multimedia)

OTHER ADVISORS: Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH (health care and social media/technologies, global health, and immigration), Rick Kesseli (teaching literacy in genetics and the scientific process; molecular evolutionary genetics; conservation genetics; agricultural work involving genetically modified organisms), David Levy (environmental science in social context; innovation and renewable energy),Scott Maisano (Shakespeare and automata), Rosalyn Negrón (social network analysis; cultural and linguistic anthropology; integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods; multiple ethnic identifications in relation to health disparities and other social policy),Mark Pawlak (quantitative literacy and reasoning; investigations pedagogy where college students create and apply mathematical models to real world data; effective use of ed. technology), Louise Penner (literature and medicine; medical humanities)

CONTACT: Peter Taylor, Program Coordinator or Felicia Sullivan, Assistant Coordinator, [email protected] [10], 617.287.7636

Undergraduate Program

PROGRAM NAME: Concentration in Science, Technology and Values for either B.S. or B.A.

URL: [11]


DESCRIPTION: Understanding scientific, technological and social change are the key components of the Science, Technology and Values concentration at UMass Boston. Science and technology are increasingly important sources of change in the world. The Program in Science, Technology and Values offers students the opportunity to examine historical, socio-political, cultural, philosophical, and ethical dimensions of science and technology. It encourages both science and non-science students to analyze, in a focused way, the impact of science and technology on other social institutions and the impact of those institutions on science and technology.

FACULTY: Program Director: Peter Taylor (life, environmental, and health sciences in their social context; critical reflective practice in science) [617.287.7636, Wheatley Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 157],Arthur Millman (environmental ethics; philosophy of science), Dorothy Nelson (effect of information/electronic technology on our lives), Louise Penner (literature and medicine; medical humanities), Rachel Skvirsky (biology in a social context, especially genetics and molecular biology), Malcolm Smuts (early modern science; agricultural improvement and scientific or quasi-scientific observation in the 17th century), Nancy Stieber (history of urban planning and urban design; space, place, and the shaping of the environment)

ADDITIONAL AFFILIATED FACULTY: Chris Bobel (social movements and social change/feminist activism, social constructions of motherhood & parenting, women’s health),Susan Gore (medical sociology), Nina Greenwald (problem-based learning with biomedical cases), Esther Kingston-Mann, Cynthia Jahn (relationship betwen literacy/cognition and information/communications technology), David Levy (envtl. science in social context; innovation and renewable energy), Scott Maisano, Bob Morris (Intellectual Property Rights, especially the Open Source Software and Creative Commons Licensing movements),Tammy Murphy (environmental economics and risk analysis), Ken Rothwell, Mark Schlesinger (information technology and human communication; social and cultural change related to information technology),Robert Stevenson (citizen science; technological change, values & institutions)

CONTACT: 617.287.7636 or [email protected] [12]

University of Michigan


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University of Michigan-Dearborn

PROGRAM NAME: Science and Technology Studies


LOCATION: Dearborn, MI

Degrees offered: Undergraduate minor/concentration

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


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University of Notre Dame

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology, and Values


LOCATION: Notre Dame, Indiana

Degrees offered: Undergraduate minor

University of Pennsylvania


PROGRAM NAME: Graduate program in the History and Sociology of Science, Undergraduate programs in Science, Technology and Society and Health and Societies.

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

DESCRIPTION: The Graduate Group in History and Sociology of Science is distinctive in scope and emphasis. It embraces science, technology, and medicine in an integrated program and explores the relationships between them. In general, it admits students who wish to be prepared for research careers in any of the Department’s areas of faculty strength, namely history of life sciences, medicine, technology, social sciences in Europe and the United States from the late 17th century on, and science, technology, and medicine in Russia, Africa, and East Asia. The program focuses on a balance of technical, social, and cultural aspects of natural knowledge. Students are encouraged to integrate these aspects in research and to explore the applications of history to contemporary issues in industrial, health, and science policy.

  • Faculty: Mark Adams, Robert Aronowitz, David Barnes, Ruth Schwartz Cohen, Nathan Ensmenger, Steven Feierman, Henrika Kuklick, M. Susan Lindee, Beth Linker, Jonathan Moreno, Janet Tighe, and John Tresch
  • Emeritus Faculty: Thomas P. Hughes, Robert E. Kohler, Charles E. Rosenberg (now at Harvard), Nathan Sivin, Rosemary Stevens, Arnold Thackray (now president of the Chemical Heritage Foundation).

University of Puget Sound

Location: Tacoma, WA

Program Name: Science, Technology & Society

Program Type: Undergraduate

URL: [13]


The University of Puget Sound is a nationally ranked undergraduate liberal arts university offering both the B.A and B.S degrees, plus graduate programs in education, leading to the M.A.T. and M.Ed. and doctoral programs in Physical and Occupational Therapy. Located in Tacoma Washington, a major port city on the Pacific Coast of the United States about 25 miles from Seattle, the University has 2600 students and a faculty of more than 200, with more than 40 degree programs. The University has just completed construction (2008) on a new 20 million dollar science building, and is moving forward with planning fo construction of a new Health Sciences Complex.

Science, Technology, and Society courses explore the connections between the sciences and other parts of the human endeavor. Students in the Program develop an understanding of 1) how the broader culture influences the development of science and how science influences different societies and cultures, and 2) the interplay between science and economics, politics, religion, and values in contemporary decision making. Many Science, Technology, and Society courses are cross-disciplinary in nature, and many are team-taught. Faculty from more than a dozen different disciplines within and without the sciences participate in Science, Technology, and Society.

Majors in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society develop a strong understanding of the practice of science and technology, which provides excellent preparation for careers in medicine, law, public policy, and university research and teaching. Minors, especially those majoring in a science, and students taking individual courses broaden their understanding of this important area of human endeavor.

Degree Offered: B.A.

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Program and Degree Requirements [15]

Director: James C. Evans (Physics, STS; history of physics and astronomy))

Participating Faculty: Bernard Bates (Physics; Mars exploration),William Beardsley (Philosophy; early modern period), Douglas Cannon (Philosophy; philosophy of mathematics), Robin Foster (Psychology; evolution of sex differences, science and gender) Mott Greene (Honors, STS; history of earth and atmospheric sciences, technology and culture), Wade Hands (Economics; philosophy of economics and social sciences, Suzanne Holland (Religion; biomedical ethics), Kristin Johnson (STS; history of biology, history of medicine, science and religion), Elizabeth Knight (Library; all STS fields), Paul Loeb (philosophy; ethics of human enhancement), Robert Matthews (Math and Computer Science; computational intelligence, cognitive science),Mark Reinitz (Psychology: Science of memory and its social applications), Andrew Rex (Physics; history of physics), Justin Tiehen (Philosophy; philosophy of physics), Theodore Taranovski (History; war, technology and society).

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University of Texas at Austin


DESCRIPTION: Science, Technology and Society is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Our aim is to give students, faculty, and others in the community the opportunity to explore the wide range of social impacts of emerging technologies and new scientific discoveries, using the diverse approaches of the Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Digital information technologies and communication technologies are rapidly transforming traditional ways of working, learning, and living. Just as the invention of writing transformed ancient cultures, digital communication will transform ours. Key STS focus areas include Nanotechnology, Gaming, Collaborative work and work-life, Education, Bio-health, Surveillance, Mobile technologies and Computer-mediated communication.

  • The University of Texas at Austin: Science, Technology, and Society Program

University of Virginia


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Vassar College


LOCATION: Poughkeepsie, NY

PROGRAM NAME: Science, Technology and Society

PROGRAM TYPE: Undergraduate

URL: [16]


Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college situated in Poughkeepsie, New York. Founded as a women’s college in 1861, it was the first member of the Seven Sisters to become coeducational. U.S. News & World Report ranks it #12 among liberal arts programs in the United States.

The multidisciplinary program in Science, Technology, and Society is designed to enable students to pursue three objectives: a) to better understand the central role of science and technology in the emergence of advanced industrial society; b) to consider the social, political, philosophical, and cultural implications of the human experience in a technological society; and c) to explore possible directions of future development, using alternative social theories and perceptions.

Degree offered: B.A.

Curriculum: Courses offered

Director: James F. Challey (Physics and Science, Technology and Society)

Steering Committee: Janet Gray (Psychology), Richard B. Hemmes (Biology), Lucy Lewis Johnson (Anthropology), Robert E. McAulay (Sociology), Marque Miringoff (Sociology), Leonard Nevarez (Sociology), Nancy Pokrywka (Biology), Morton A. Tavel (Physics).

Participating Faculty: James F. Challey (Physics and Science, Technology, and Society), Elizabeth Collins (Biology), Janet Gray (Psychology), Richard B. Hernmes (Biology), Lucy Lewis Johnson (Anthropology), Shirley Johnson-Lans (Economics), Robert E. McAulay (Sociology), Sarjit Kaur (Chemistry), Bill Lunt (Economics), Alan Marco (Economics), Marque Miringoff (Sociology), Nancy Pokrywka (Biology), Molly Shanley (Political Science), Barry DeCoster (Adjunct in Bioethics), Jonah Triebwasser (Adjunct in Law and Technology).

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  • Box 264, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0246

Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI)

LOCATION: Blacksburg, VA and Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. PROGRAM NAME: PROGRAM TYPE: Graduate Certificates, Masters and Ph.D. URL: [17] DESCRIPTION:

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University of Washington, Seattle


DESCRIPTION: The University of Washington offers both undergraduate and graduate education in the disciplines of Science and Technology Studies, with faculty expertise covering the history and philosophy of science and technology; cultural studies of science; and ethics, equity, and policy issues in science, technology and medicine. Many undergraduates choose to take the History and Philosophy of Science Major, while graduate fields are on offer in several STS-related fields. The UW also runs a Science Studies Network, organizing regular colloquia, conferences, and guest speakers on STS.

FACULTY: Leah Ceccarelli, Kelly Fryer-Edwards, Arthur Fine, Malia Fullerton, Bruce Hevly, Celia Lowe, Lynn Hankinson Nelson, Gina Neff, Phillip Thurtle, Simon Werrett, Andrea Woody, Alison Wylie

University of Wisconsin, Madison


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