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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Nancy Campbell Awarded FRIAS Fellowship for Study of Addiction Harm Reduction Movements

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is the international research college of the University of Freiburg, Germany

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The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is the international research college of the University of Freiburg, Germany


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HASS-Led Team Wins $64K NEH Grant for "Building a Humanities Minor: Construction and Critique in Digital Technology"

STS Lecturer James Malazita and C&M Assistant Professor Rebecca Rouse and are project Co-Directors

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News Icon for HASS-Led Team Wins $64K NEH Grant for "Building a Humanities Minor: Construction and Critique in Digital Technology"

STS Lecturer James Malazita and C&M Assistant Professor Rebecca Rouse and are project Co-Directors


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STS Prof Ron Eglash & Team Awarded $2.5 million NSF Grant

"Integration of Computational Thinking and Science Using Culturally-Based Topics" brings together researchers from HASS and Computer Science

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News Icon for STS Prof Ron Eglash & Team Awarded $2.5 million NSF Grant

"Integration of Computational Thinking and Science Using Culturally-Based Topics" brings together researchers from HASS and Computer Science


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