Program in Science, Technology and Society

Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS)

The interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Society brings together anthropologists, philosophers, historians, art historians, literary theorists, sociologists and practicing scientists and technologists.

Students and scholars in the field of Science, Technology and Society (STS) want to know how scientific knowledge is produced. We believe that the idealized accounts of knowledge production entrenched in our scientific belief system are inadequate, given the complexity of the process they claim to describe.

STS scholars seek to understand how science operates by analyzing historical case studies, observing contemporary scientists at work, examining representations of scientific ideas in textbooks or journals and studying the infrastructure of scientific institutions.

Academic Offerings

Science, Technology and Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary concentration that examines the processes of scientific discovery and the establishment of scientific policies and systems of belief from historical, philosophical, anthropological and sociological perspectives. 
The graduate certificate program enables graduate students already enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Brown to develop methodological and theoretical expertise and credentials in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies while fulfilling the graduate requirements of their degree-granting department.

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Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Brown University
Box 1868
67 George Street
Providence, RI 02912