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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:

  • 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 program’s emphasis on writing, 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.
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

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  • Dalton George Dalton George Wins 2017 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize Dalton George, MS in science, technology and society '17, is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize. This is the second year that the Center for STS has offered this annual prize. Nominated and voted on by STS-affiliated faculty, the prize is presented to a STS graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary performance in research, academics and service to the STS program.
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