Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Social Science and Humanities for the 21st Century, STS Makes the Connections To See the Big Picture

The field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) asks fundamental questions about the role of science and technology in social and environmental change. It integrates insights from the humanities and social sciences into a coherent body of knowledge that provides a basis for action.

Founded in 1982, the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer is one of the oldest and most highly recognized programs of its sort. Our internationally recognized faculty members have backgrounds in anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, social psychology, and sociology. They bring to their courses a unique interdisciplinary perspective on science, technology, and society.

This department is one of the few in the world that offers STS degrees from baccalaureate to doctoral levels. Degree programs offered through the STS Department emphasize the cultural, historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of scientific and technological society, with a focus on ethical and values issues. Students in these degree programs can expect broad, rigorous training, with commensurate intellectual rewards.

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STS Graduate Student Karin Patzke to present at New Mexico Tech

Karin Patzke has been invited by Taylor Dotson, Assistant Professor and RPI STS alum (2015), to give a presentation of preliminary findings regarding her dissertation fieldwork to New Mexico Tech on Feb 8th, jointly sponsored by the Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences (CLASS) and Earth & Environment Science.

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Karin Patzke has been invited by Taylor Dotson, Assistant Professor and RPI STS alum (2015), to give a presentation of preliminary findings regarding her dissertation fieldwork to New Mexico Tech on Feb 8th, jointly sponsored by the Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences (CLASS) and Earth & Environment Science.


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Professors Kim and Mike Fortun Awarded NSF Grant to Study Environmental Health Governance

Professors Kim Fortun & Mike Fortun were awarded a 2-year grant from the National Science Foundation for "Environmental Health Governance in Six Cities: How Scientific Cultures, Practices and Infrastructure Shape Governance Styles." 

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Professors Kim Fortun & Mike Fortun were awarded a 2-year grant from the National Science Foundation for "Environmental Health Governance in Six Cities: How Scientific Cultures, Practices and Infrastructure Shape Governance Styles." 


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STS Graduate Student David Banks Quoted in Fusion

STS Graduate Student discusses what it would take to democratize social media on Fusion news. 

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STS Graduate Student discusses what it would take to democratize social media on Fusion news. 


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