Our two undergraduate programs feature:

  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Emphasis on knowledge, critical thinking, and advanced skills in research and writing
  • Preparation for a wide array of careers.


Science, Technology & Society

Integrates science and technology with humanities in social and historical context. 

STSC majors explore the relationship between scientific knowledge, technological innovation, technological systems and society using the history of science and technology, understanding the social contexts of knowledge creation, technological and scientific systems, and the social, cultural and material consequences of scientific and technological change.


Health & Societies

Examines health and medicine in social context, equipping students with the sophisticated critical faculties and advanced multidisciplinary skills to prepare them for health-related fields. 

HSOC students think rigorously about the social and political processes that shape health practices and knowledge.  The program is built on three core disciplines: history, anthropology, and sociology.  Methods and courses from other disicplines and fields--including epidemiology, bioethics, environmental studies, and business/economics--supplement the core disciplines and provide majors with the variety of skills necessary to understand the forces shaping our contemporary health landscapes.

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