The STS Major

The STS major prepares students to analyze how science and technology affects every aspect of our society, from our health and culture to our laws and environment.

STS is a fully interdisciplinary program that enables you to draw from from fields across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. You will learn to think critically, explore controversies, and find a common ground between social and technical concerns.

You can customize your STS coursework to follow your own interests and prepare to make meaningful careers in law, medicine and healthcare, public policy, environmental justice, bioethics, science or technical writing, biotech and digital business. You can also combine the STS major with other majors and minors to develop cross-disciplinary expertise. 

Overview of the Major

The STS major 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
  • Cultural Studies of Science and Technology
  • Ethics, Values, and Science Policy
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Medicine, Society, and Culture

Learning Outcomes

All majors will be able to

  • Analyze how science and technology have shaped, and have been shaped by, society.
  • Draw from across the humanities and social sciences in order to study scientific and technological change. 
  • Communicate complex ideas about science and technology effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze how controversies and conflict shape the development of science and technology.