Science, Technology, and Society

Major: Science, Technology, and Society
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 30.1501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program systemically investigates the social dimensions of science, technology and medicine. Faculty from a range of disciplines contribute to a curriculum that features a broad set of perspectives, all grounded in a foundation of social theory, research methods, and writing and presentation skills. The STS program emphasizes three interrelated areas: environment and sustainability; health and medicine; and information, identities and networks. The STS Lab course is a unique feature of the curriculum—it prepares students to work as a team to address meaningful science and technology related topics. Working with a faculty adviser, graduate students develop an individualized plan of study that allows them to pursue their interests in-depth. 

STS students are independent thinkers who are dedicated to understanding the intersections of society, science, medicine and technology. While STS students vary widely in their professional and educational backgrounds and career ambitions, they share a common commitment to a critical approach to our world’s most pressing technoscientific challenges.

Prospective students for the MS in STS see this educational opportunity as a crucial factor in their skill development and career advancement. They are college graduates in engineering, the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; professionals in businesses, city and state government offices, and area hospitals; and middle and high school teachers. Students can attend full or part time and complete all coursework in the evening.

For additional information, visit the Master's Program in Science, Technology, and Society web page.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at Drexel University.

Prospective students must also submit a 500-word essay explaining why they want to enter the program and some of the issues related to science, technology and society that they would like to study. These statements are read carefully by the faculty screening committee to evaluate each applicant’s sense of purpose. Entering students typically begin during the fall quarter. Students are able, though, to start the program during any quarter.

Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information about requirements and deadlines, as well as instructions for applying online.

Degree Requirements 

The program requires 45.0 credits of coursework. Required courses total 24.0 credits. Remaining credits are chosen from a list of electives.

Basic Requirements
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
SCTS 504Science, Technology & Society Theories3.0
Advanced Requirements
Ethics, Values, Identities, and Culture6.0
Select two of the following:
Public Health Ethics
Information Ethics
Digital Power and Resistance
Contemporary Feminist Theory
Material Culture
Medical and Healthcare Ethics
Technology, Progress, and Determinism
The Biopolitics of Health
Medicine, Technology and Science
Global Subjects of Biocapital
Transnational Science, Technology & Capitalism
Science and Technology Policy3.0
Select one of the following:
Telecommunications Regulation and Policy
Information Policy
Sustainability & Public Policy
Environmental Policy
Science and Technology Policy
Risk and Disaster Policy
Contemporary Stem Workforces:Organizations of Labor in Lab, Shop and Clinic
War and Technoscience
Science, Technology & Society Lab3.0
Select one of the following:
Special Topics in STS Lab
Mobilities Lab
Identity and Intersectionality Lab
Philadelphia in a Changing Climate Lab
Thesis and Electives *21.0
Master's Research
Suggested Electives **
History of Public Health
Contemporary Social Theory
Research Methods in Communication, Culture and Media
Seminar in Contemporary Theory
Telecommunications Regulation and Policy
Innovation Management
Methods of Policy Analysis
Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction Design
History and Systems
Historiography of Science
Politics of Life
STS Perspectives on Risk and Disaster
Theoretical and Sociological Aspects of Measurement
Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science
Internship in Science, Technology and Society
Special Topics in Science Technology and Society
Independent Study in SCTS
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SCTS 504Science, Technology & Society Theories3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
Science & Technology Policy course3.0
Two Ethics, Values, Identities, & Culture courses6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
Science, Technology, & Society Lab course3.0
STS Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
Three STS Electives9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
Three STS Electives9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Science, Technology and Society Faculty

Lloyd Ackert, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Teaching Professor. History of science and technology; ecology; Russian science.
Peter Amato, PhD (Fordham University) Director, Philosophy. Teaching Professor. Ethics, Marxism, Continental philosophy.
Jesse Ballenger, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Teaching Professor. Healthcare, medicine and ethics; aging and neurodegenerative diseases; Science and Technology Studies.
Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD (Temple University) Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Science Research and Graduate Education. Associate Professor. The intersection of computer technology, crime, and the criminal justice system; criminological theory; policing; transnational crime.
Mary Ebeling, PhD (University of Surrey) Director, Women's and Gender Studies. Associate Professor. Science and technology studies; emerging technologies and biocapital; media and democratic cultures; radical social movements; sociology of markets; political sociology; and ethnographic methodologies.
Christian Hunold, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor. Environmental policy; comparative politics; urban wildlife; political theory.
Krik Jalbert, PhD (Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute). Visiting Research Professor. Social studies of science and technology, citizen science, environmental justice, information transparency, knowledge infrastructures, energy policy
Kelly Joyce, PhD (Boston College) Director, Master's Program in Science Technology & Society. Professor. Science, medicine and technology; aging and technology; qualitative social science methods; healthcare and medicine.
Alison Kenner, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Assistant Professor. Science, technology, and health; environmental health problems; cities and place; feminist theory; medical anthropology; digital humanities
Michael Khoo, PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder). Assistant Teaching Professor. The understandings and practices that users bring to their interactions with information systems, with a focus on the evaluation of digital libraries and educational technologies.
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Interim Department Head, History. Associate Professor. Urban history, history of technology, history of disasters, modern history.
Brent Luvaas, PhD (UCLA). Associate Professor. DIY and independent media production; transnational consumer culture; popular music; new media and mediated subjectivities; youth culture in the US and Indonesia.
Jonson Miller, PhD (Virginia Tech). Associate Professor. Science and technology, American history, military history.
Gwen Ottinger, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Social studies of science and technology, environmental justice, science and engineering ethics, citizen science, environmental ethics.
Flavia Padovani, PhD (University of Geneva). Assistant Professor. History and philosophy of science, philosophy of science, epistemology, logic.
Jody A. Roberts, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Director, Center for Contemporary History and Policy, Chemical Heritage Foundation. Assistant Professor. Intersections of emerging molecular sciences and public policy and the ways in which tensions brought about between the two get resolved.
John Rossi, VMD, MBE (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Bioethics and public health ethics, including moral theory, research ethics, ethics of risk & health communication, pediatric ethics, animal ethics.
Tiago Saraiva, PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Assistant Professor. History of science and technology; transnational history; environmental history
Jonathan Seitz, PhD (University of Wisconsin) Assistant Department Head, History. Associate Teaching Professor. History of religion, science, medicine, witchcraft, early modern Europe, Italy.
Nicholas Shapiro, PhD (University of Oxford). Visiting Research Professor. Everyday infrastructure; DIY scientific instrumentation; biopolitics; critical theory; multispecies ethnography.
Mimi Sheller, PhD (New School for Social Research) Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. Professor. Sustainable mobility and mobility justice: new cultures and infrastructures of travel, transport, mobile communication, and urbanism; Caribbean Studies: history, culture and political theory of the region, including intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Chloe Silverman, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Parent advocacy for autism, neurodiversity, and pollinator health research.
Amy Slaton, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. History of science and technology; history of standards and metrology; intersectionality, race, labor.
Andrew Smith, PhD (SUNY, Stony Brook). Assistant Professor. Social and political philosophy, ethics, American philosophy.
Kathryn Steen, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. History of technology, history of industry and business, and comparative history.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information policy, ethics, government information.
Michael Yudell, MPH, MPhil, PhD (Columbia University) Chair, Department of Community Health and Prevention. Associate Professor. Public health genomics; bioethics; history of public health; addiction.
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