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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Ned Woodhouse on Acknowledging AI's Dark Side

STS Professor is joined by group of international scientists in letter to editor of Science Magazine

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STS Professor is joined by group of international scientists in letter to editor of Science Magazine


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STS Doctoral Student Works in Troy School for NSF-Funded Project

Brian Callahan, a first year STS doctoral student, is working each week in Troy School 2, under the direction of Dr. Ron Eglash, as part of an NSF-funded project entitled "Graduate Teaching Fellows in Community Situated Research: The Triple Helix of University, K-12, and Community Knowledge Production." 

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Brian Callahan, a first year STS doctoral student, is working each week in Troy School 2, under the direction of Dr. Ron Eglash, as part of an NSF-funded project entitled "Graduate Teaching Fellows in Community Situated Research: The Triple Helix of University, K-12, and Community Knowledge Production." 


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ME/PDI alums Eben Bayer, Gavin McIntyre Make Forbes "30 Under 30" List

Mushroom-based styrofoam replacement puts two RPI grads on the list of top young Manufacturing & Industry innovators

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