Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology and Society brings together faculty and students who systematically investigate the social dimensions of technology, medicine and science. Faculty in 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 get adopted while others do not. Science, technology and society (STS) programs, also called science and technology studies (STS), 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 two master's degrees and an accelerated BA/BS + MS degree. Students may choose from the Master of Science in Science, Technology and Society or the Master of Science in Environmental Policy, offered in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy. Current Drexel undergraduates have the option of pursuing the Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Science, Technology and Society. For more information on each of these programs, please explore the links below.
What can you do with an STS degree?
To see the range of career paths taken by STS graduate students, check out our alumni page. Among other things, STS graduates have gone on to do the following:
- Conduct original research. Many of our alumni have gone on to earn their PhDs and pursue careers conducting original research and teaching.
- Write. Building on the emphasis on writing in the STS program, some STS alums pursue writing careers, producing books, book chapters, articles, essays and/or speeches.
- 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.
- 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.
STS Professional Organizations