Science, Technology, and Society (B.S.)
The Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Society is a new interdisciplinary degree that combines coursework in social sciences, humanities, and selected fields in science and technology.
This customizable program offers students the opportunity to explore how political, economic, cultural, and social forces influence science and technology, and the ways science and technology impact society. As a science, technology, and society major, you'll focus on the aspects and approaches that are of greatest interest to you, while also gaining a strong foundation in core topics in the field. These include sustainability, the ethical aspects of science and technology, medicine and health, the history and sociology of science, human interaction with technologies and technological systems, the economics of innovation, and science and technology policy.
You'll also be trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as geographic information systems, computational analysis, and intercultural communication, and you'll put these skills to use in an academically supervised professional internship or an academic capstone geared toward policy or program evaluation and analysis—meaning you can graduate with practical experience on your resume.
We look at how political, economic, cultural, and social forces influence science and technology, and the ways science and technology impact society. Students gain practical skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, geographic information systems, computational analysis, and intercultural communication.
The Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Society prepares students for careers in the following areas:
- Government agencies
- Community outreach
- Think tanks
- Science journalism
- International institutions
- Non-governmental organizations
- Advanced research in the history of science, humanities, political economy, and sociology
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Society learn not only how economic, cultural, political, and social forces affect scientific endeavors and technological innovation, but also how, in turn, science and technology shape society, cultural values, power relations, and the distribution of resources.
As an STS major, you'll gain:
- An understanding of the multifaceted interactions between society, science, and technology
- Skills needed to analyze these interactions and to formulate policy recommendations
- The ability to communicate across disciplines and cultures
- The knowledge and skills to compete in today’s international job market
Students in this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech. Students who are interested in transferring to this program should consult their academic adviser.