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STS Major at UC Davis

Is there any part of your social, personal, medical, or political world that is not transformed and challenged by science and technology?

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.

The Major Program

Graduation with a degree in Science and Technology Studies requires completion of introductory courses in the social sciences and humanities, in the natural sciences, and introductory, laboratory and seminar courses in STS. Upper division work includes three courses from each of two different, complementing areas of concentration ("modules") and three courses plus prerequisites providing depth, concentration and field work opportunities in the sciences. The modules 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. Courses in the modules require careful selection to make the best use of the STS major. Prerequisites for courses in the sciences can be extensive and require substantial advance planning for timely completion. Students are encouraged to take advantage of faculty and staff advising to plan their course of study.

Career Alternatives

The STS major will create an opportunity to analyze science and allied practices from historical, philosophical, sociological, political, anthropological, and cultural perspectives. STS prepares students for careers that must address the broader social, cultural and political ramifications of science, technology and medicine such as law, journalism, public policy, economics, government, and science education. Careers that students of STS from many universities nationwide have pursued, in addition to academic careers in STS, include employment in: systems engineering, web site design, science museums, non-profit health organizations, government service, libraries, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing, teaching, public health administration, media companies, management consultant practice, and The Peace Corps.

STS Major Requirements
STS Major Learning Goals

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