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Center for Science, Technology & Society

Faculty and students in the Center for Science, Technology and Society systematically address our world’s most pressing technoscientific challenges and their social implications.

Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology and Society (STS) brings together faculty and students who investigate the social dimensions of technology, medicine and science. Faculty in a range of fields — anthropology, criminal justice, history, information sciences, philosophy, political science, public health and sociology — conduct original research on the impact of new technologies, medical categories and scientific knowledge. They also investigate why some technologies or scientific knowledge are adopted while others are not.

STS programs, also called science and technology studies, are growing in the U.S. and worldwide. The ability to critically identify the values and incentives built into scientific knowledge and technology design and use is highly valued in settings such as health care organizations, government agencies, public policy realms, tech industries and more.

The Center for Science, Technology and Society (STS) offers the Master of Science in Science, Technology and Society. Current Drexel undergraduates have the option of pursuing the Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Science, Technology and Society.

What Can You Do With An Sts Degree?

To see the range of career paths taken by STS graduate students, check out our alumni. Among other things, STS graduates have gone on to do the following:

  • Work as a research analyst or research coordinator. Our alumni have gone on to design, conduct and manage research projects in a variety of settings. Many of our alumni have gone on to earn their PhDs and pursue careers conducting original research and teaching.
  • Work in universities. STS alumni work in a range of educational settings, providing leadership in areas such as community engagement, sustainability and the public understanding of science and technology.
  • Work in nonprofit organizations. STS students get excellent training in designing and implementing research projects. This skillset is invaluable in nonprofit settings where professionals are asked to conduct original social science research on pressing social challenges.
  • Work in technology or online. STS alums have gone on to work in IT and other technology-related companies, bringing their expertise in the social dimensions of technology to the workplace.
  • Create a startup. STS alums are creative, independent thinkers. Drawing on a desire to address contemporary social issues in an innovative manner, some STS alums create startup companies specializing in fields related to medicine and health, technology, and environmental issues.
  • Write. Building on the program’s emphasis on writing, some STS alums pursue writing careers, producing books, book chapters, articles, essays and/or speeches.
  • Work in healthcare. Some STS alums go on to work in health care settings, where they bring their knowledge about the ethical, cultural and social dimensions of health, science and well being to bear.
student Bill Drust
“I’m interested in the social impact of science and technology. I’m in it for the human element. I put myself in other people’s shoes, and I think that’s an important part of science that’s missing.”Bill DrustMS science, technology & society ‘15
PhD Student at Loyola University

Recent News

  • Drexel Student Laurel Vaughan Student Spotlight: Data Science Major Brings Users into Design in STS Research Co-op Stephanie Oppenheim, a sociology major and minor in science, technology and society, sat down with data science major Laurel Vaughan to talk about Vaughan’s STS research co-op. The co-op was funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award #1U01EB023035-01 with Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor of sociology and Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society.
  • Drexel Student Stephanie Oppenheim Student Spotlight: Sociology Major Discusses Her Minor in STS Data science major Laurel Vaughan interviewed Stephanie Oppenheim, a sociology major with minors in political science and science, technology and society, about her decision to minor in STS.
  • Philadelphia skyline on a hot summer evening Boiling Down Warming Temperatures

    Weather changes, such as the unseasonably high temperatures in Philadelphia this fall, can have serious impacts on health, says Drexel’s Ali Kenner, PhD, assistant professor of political science and of science, technology and society — especially for senior citizens, who are at higher risk for climate-related health complications.

  • Drexel Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger, PhD A Breath of Fresh Air

    If you live in a town or city like Philadelphia where industrial facilities are emitting chemicals into the air, there is plenty of reason to wonder: How is this affecting me? Few communities have access to ambient air-monitoring data, and those that do rarely use it because it is complicated and lacks context.

  • Market Street - Photograph by Brent Luvaas, PhD Frame of Mind Street photographer and Drexel anthropologist Brent Luvaas, PhD, has a way of blending in as he walks city streets. If he’s lucky, a certain slant of light will catch his eye and he will set the exposure for maximum depth of field, waiting patiently for the right subject to walk in front of the lens. Most often, however, the typical elements of a photographer’s labor — setup, composition and lighting — happen almost instantaneously

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