Concentrators analyze the practices, norms, and values that reflect and shape our deepest convictions about what is considered "science." Students select courses in the physical sciences, life sciences, or mathematics and choose a thematic track that may include the history and philosophy of science; gender and science; race, science and ethnicity; health and medicine; environment and society; or they may create their own independent focus. STS prepares students to follow, guide, and shape scientific knowledge as it travels from the laboratory into the public arena.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Examine scientific theories and policies from historical, philosophical, anthropological, and sociological perspectives
  • Analyze the practices, norms, and values that define conceptions of "science"
  • Be able to monitor and interpret the path of scientific knowledge from the laboratory to the public arena
  • Design a unique concentration in consultation with an advisor
  • Develop sophisticated speaking and writing skills
  • Produce a set of original research papers

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Eliana Kaplowitz, Ciara Keegan

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 15  15 
2015 11  11 
2016 19  19 
2017 15  15 
2018 13  13 
2019 19 19 6

Alumni Pathways

Former concentrators have become physicians, science and technology communicators, journalists, writers and teachers. Others have pursued graduate education in science and technology studies, the history and philosophy of science, public policy, and law school. Visit the program website for more information.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies: Joan Richards