Accelerated BA in Sociology and MS in Science, Technology & Society

Major: Sociology and Science, Technology & Society
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of  Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0

Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 31.1501

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9121

About the Program

The accelerated-degree program provides an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a BA degree and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in the time normally required to finish a bachelor's degree alone. The accelerated program provides students with a strong training in sociology and in the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Society (STS).

The sociology major at Drexel University has three components: theory, methods, substantive coursework and features specialized coursework relating to social justice issues.

Sociology is the systematic study of societies. Society is the sum total of individual and group interaction and relations, from small groups and families to global networks and complex social organizations. The discipline covers a wide variety of fields of inquiry. Sociologists examine structural relations—how human society is organized from small groups to large institutions—and is committed to developing a critical understanding of these relationships. Thus the sociology major stresses theory, research methods, quantitative and qualitative data analysis as applied to a wide variety of substantive areas including but not limited to social inequality, political power, gender, class, race, ethnicity, family, crime, technology and environmental change as well as a wide variety of social and political movements connected with social change. The stress on critical understanding means that sociology majors will strive not only to develop strong analytic abilities but an intellectual and ethical engagement reflected in sociologically informed thinking and action. The research and analytical skills developed in our program are sought after by a wide variety of professions.

Specialized social justice coursework is typically carried out in connection with community groups and organizations. It is a way the Sociology Program and Drexel University as a whole seeks to become practically engaged with the wider community while promoting social justice.

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 critical thinking, 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 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 recent college graduates in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering; middle and high school teachers; and professionals in businesses, city and state government offices, and area hospitals. Students can attend full time or part time and complete all coursework in the evening.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Four Humanities/Fine Arts Courses12.0
Two Mathematics Courses6.0
Two Science Courses6.0
Two Consecutive Foreign Language Courses8.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences12.0
Introduction to Sociology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (9 credits)
International Studies6.0
Two International Studies Courses
Studies in Diversity6.0
Two Studies in Diversity Courses
Sociology Core Requirements
Required Major Capstone
SOC 450Capstone in Sociology4.0
Theory Sequence8.0
Classical Social Theory
Contemporary Social Theory
Methods Sequence 16.0
Research Design: Qualitative Methods
Research Methods II
Computer-Assisted Data Analysis
Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II
Required Sociology Electives
Select at least 12 of the following: (At least 4 must be at the 300-level or 400-level; and at least 1 must be at the 400-level)48.0
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Work
Wealth and Power
Sociology of the Family
Sex and Society
Gender and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Sociology
Sociology of the Future
Sociology of Sport
Theory of Applied and Community Sociology
Sociology of Aging
Global Climate Change
Sociology of Global Health
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Sociology of Deviance
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Environmental Movements in America
Sociology of the Environment
Environmental Justice
Sociology of Disasters
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Special Topics in SOC
Imagining Multiple Democracies
Love, Rage & Debt: The Debt Society
Politics of Life
Social Movements
Special Topics in Sociology
Sociology Research Seminar I: Research Design
Sociology Research Seminar II: Data Acquisition and Analysis
Sociology Research Seminar III: Practicum in Sociological Research
Independent Study in SOC
Free Electives36.0
Total Credits180.0

*At least one foreign language course must be at the 200-level. In addition, the department recommends students take 2 additional foreign language courses as free 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
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 and Ethics
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
Thesis/Project and Electives *21.0
Master's Research
Suggested Electives **
History of Public Health
Innovation Management
Introduction to Case Study Research
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

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Math Elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course3.0
Sociology Elective4.0
Foreign Language Elective4.0
International Studies Course3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 3
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
Foreign Language Elective4.0
International Studies Elective3.0
Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
SOC 250Research Design: Qualitative Methods4.0
SOC 115Social Problems4.0
SOC 210Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
SOC 230Gender and Society4.0
SOC 268Sociology of Sport4.0
SOC 356 [WI] Contemporary Social Theory 4.0
Diversity Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis 
SOC 240Urban Sociology4.0
Social and Behavioral Science Elective3.0
Science Elective3.0
Diversity Elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 7
SOC 276Global Climate Change3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0
Sociology Electives7.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
SOC 350Research Methods II4.0
SOC 346Environmental Justice4.0
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
Free Elective3.0
Sociology Elective4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 9
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SOC 349Sociology of Disasters4.0
SOC 450Capstone in Sociology4.0
Free Elective3.0
Science Course3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
SOC 365Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II4.0
SOC 370Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology4.0
Free Electives (UG)3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 11
SCTS 504Science, Technology & Society Theories3.0
SCTS 645War and Technoscience3.0
SCTS 600Contemporary Feminist Theory3.0
Free Elective (UG)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
SCTS 570Environmental Policy3.0
SCTS 639Politics of Life3.0
Free Elective (UG)6.0
STS Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 13
SCTS 571Science and Technology Policy3.0
SCTS 665Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science3.0
STS Elective3.0
Free Elective6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 14
SCTS 612Medical and Healthcare Ethics3.0
SCTS 798Master's Research3.0
SCTS 799Independent Study in Science, Technology and Society 3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 221.0

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.
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.
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
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Department Head, History. Professor. Urban history, Philadelphia 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). Associate Professor. History and 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.
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.
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). Associate Professor. Philosophy, social and political philosophy, American philosophy.
Kathryn Steen, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. History of technology, history of industry and business, and comparative history.
Michael Yudell, MPH, PhD (Columbia University) Chair. Associate Professor. Department of Community Health and Prevention. Public health ethics; history of public health; race and racism; autism.
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