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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"Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and the Future of Work" - STS Colloquium Series Starts Wed. Sept 14

Presentations will examine the impact of intelligent machines on the workplace and labor market

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Presentations will examine the impact of intelligent machines on the workplace and labor market


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STS PhD David Banks on Authenticity, Social Media and Capitalism in Urban Turnaround

"The mechanisms to [keep local] the benefits of [urban reclamation] are not only known; they have been proved effective in the few places that have shown the political will to enact them. Land banks, truly cooperative housing development, and participatory budgeting are just a few of the tools that can help equitably distribute the gains of economic development. Such programs are not only morally just; they are most likely the only things standing in the way of a dismal history repeating itself."

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"The mechanisms to [keep local] the benefits of [urban reclamation] are not only known; they have been proved effective in the few places that have shown the political will to enact them. Land banks, truly cooperative housing development, and participatory budgeting are just a few of the tools that can help equitably distribute the gains of economic development. Such programs are not only morally just; they are most likely the only things standing in the way of a dismal history repeating itself."


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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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