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Building an emerging discipline through teaching and research


Through its teaching as well as its research, the department is playing a notable role in building the emerging discipline of Science & Technology Studies (STS). Founded in 1991, the department has an internationally-known Ph.D. Program devoted to training students to conduct advanced research. It also has two undergraduate majors, Biology & Society and Science & Technology Studies.

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Featured Courses for Summer Session 2022:

STS 1101: Science, Technology and Politics

Instructor: Dr. Ellen Abrams
Online Learning: June 24-July 12, 2024
3 credits
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STS 1451: Body, Mind and Health: Historical Perspectives for Future Professionals

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Lieberman
Online Learning: July 15-Aug 2, 2024
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Undergraduate Program

The Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University is concerned with understanding the larger social, ethical, historical, and political dimensions of science and technology.

The Department offers two undergraduate majors: the Biology & Society Major and the Science & Technology Studies Major.  The Department also offers a Minor in Science & Technology Studies appropriate for students in the natural or social sciences, engineering, or the humanities who are interested in the social dimensions of science & technology.

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Graduate Program

The Graduate Field of Science & Technology Studies (S&TS) at Cornell University is devoted to training students to conduct advanced research in one of the most exciting of contemporary academic disciplines. S&TS research treats science and technology as historical and cultural productions. Research in this field therefore requires the ability to uncover how scientific knowledge, authority, and expertise operate in different social contexts, and to understand their changing historical meanings. 

Click here to learn more about the S&TS Ph.D. program.

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