How has the decision to patent human genes affected intellectual property law, privacy issues, and therapeutic research in medicine? How did an international community transform a military research project into the Internet we use today?
Answering these and related questions requires a firm foundation in both science and engineering on the one hand, and humanities and social sciences on the other. Following individualized courses of study and collaboration with faculty mentors, Science and Technology Studies majors dig beneath the headlines to understand the relations among science, technology, and society.
The STS curriculum falls into four broad categories: general education (40 credits), science or engineering courses (28 credits), science and technology studies courses (34 credits), and free electives (18 credits). A student can combine a core of scientific or technical courses along with the analysis of those fields from an STS perspectives. The free electives are used as a student pleases, either to increase the depth of the science/engineering core, to take advantage of cross-school minors with NYU, or even to study abroad.
For students who plan to continue their education beyond the bachelor's degree, STS makes an excellent preprofessional degree.
Not all students who study STS go on to law or medical school -- they can also be qualified to work in public health, conduct laboratory research, work as a science journalist, or even pursue advanced study in the history and philosophy of science and technology.
The Science and Technology Studies major is found in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society.