Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech
The Department of Science and Technology in Society explores the relationship between science, technology, and society using a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Research in STS analyzes how society affects the development and implementation of scientific, technological, and medical knowledges and practices and how scientific, technological, and medical pursuits affect society. The research and scholarly interests of STS faculty cross a wide range of disciplinary boundaries: some rely on fieldwork, others are immersed in historical or governmental archival research, while others develop social and conceptual analyses to answer theoretical or ethical questions.
The Department of Science and Technology in Society is also part of a cooperative venture for the STS Graduate Program. Graduate students in STS come from a wide range of backgrounds including the natural and physical sciences, engineering, numerous professional disciplines, liberal arts and humanities, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, and philosophy. Graduates emerge with an ability to identify and examine the conceptual, social, cultural, historical, and policy dimensions of science and technology.
Courses leading to an M.S. or a Ph.D. in STS are available at two sites, Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg and the National Capitol Region (NCR) in the greater D.C. metro area.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
The STS Undergraduate program offers Major and Minor degrees in Science and Technology in Society
Diversity Programs and Opportunities
The Department of STS and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences understand that we must be diverse in all aspects of community and work in order to be truly outstanding. Please visit the Virginia Tech Diversity Resources site for more information.