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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
MEET OUR STS ALUMNI

Recent News

  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue STS Faculty Win Awards Three faculty—Vincent Duclos, Christian Hunold, and Ali Kenner—won Drexel Summer Faculty Research Awards. One faculty—Gwen Ottinger—won a Drexel Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award. These awards demonstrate STS faculty’s commitment to research, training students, and explaining research findings to diverse publics.
  • Janine Bower Janine Bower Wins 2018 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize Janine Bower, MS in science, technology and society '18, is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize. This is the third 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.
  • Drexel Humanities and Social Sciences Lab Humanities and Social Sciences Lab Open House Fosters Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Drexel Global Studies Faculty Vincent Duclos Meet Global Studies and STS Prof Vincent Duclos Vincent Duclos, PhD, assistant professor of global studies and of science, technology and society, pushes his students to experiment with the digital spaces they inhabit.
  • 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.

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