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Is there any part of your world that is not transformed and challenged by science and technology?


The interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies—STS for short—examines science, technology, and medicine in relation to social, political, and cultural contexts. It combines the history and philosophy of science; the anthropology and sociology of science; science and law; science policy; studies of innovation and high-tech industries; critical data studies; literature and science; science journalism; and media studies of science. The STS major at UC Davis offers students a broader understanding of science than is available in most traditional science majors, and it is especially suitable for students in the humanities and social sciences who are interested in interpreting science, technology, and medicine as parts of society. The major features lower-division and upper-division courses focusing on the relations of science and society, and it also includes advanced training in one or more fields of the natural sciences or engineering sciences. STS is a fully interdisciplinary program designed to address the challenges of our increasingly high-tech world.

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Real World Applications

The STS program at UC Davis prepares students for a broad range of careers at the interface of science, technology, and society: healthcare and medicine, public service and policy, law, business, education, science journalism, environmental studies, data and information technologies, and new media industries, as well as advanced research careers in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Visit our career options page for more information!