Science, Technology and Society Major
The STSC Major
The Science, Technology and Society major is the undergraduate major of the History and Sociology of Science Department, a unique and prestigious department combining study of the histories of science, technology, medicine and environment, science studies, and the social production of knowledge.
The modern world rests on a foundation of science and technology. STSC majors examine how this came to be and what it means. They study the relationship between scientific knowledge, technological changes, and sociotechnical systems by examining the history of science and technology, the social contexts in which they occur, the development and character of organizations of people and things that make up science and technology systems, and the social and cultural consequences of scientific and technological change.
Goals of the STSC Major
On completion of the program, an STSC major should be able to:
- read scientific and historical texts critically, and assess their social, cultural, and political origins and ramifications;
- identify the social determinants of science and technology in a variety of historical and contemporary contexts;
- analyze the interplay of factors that have resulted in particular scientific and technological outcomes and policies;
- pursue in-depth research projects using published sources, archival material, and technical and experimental data;
- analyze data using both quantitative and qualitative methods.