The Virginia Tech STS program

What is Science and Technology Studies?

Science and Technology Studies explores the relationship between science, technology, and society using a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Research in STS analyzes how society affects the development and implementation of scientific, technological, and medical knowledges and practices and how scientific, technological, and medical pursuits affect society. The research and scholarly interests of STS faculty cross a wide range of disciplinary boundaries: some rely on fieldwork, others are immersed in historical or governmental archival research, while others develop social and conceptual analyses to answer theoretical or ethical questions.

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) program at Virginia Tech provides opportunities for students to pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees as well as graduate certificates at two sites: Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg and the National Capitol Region (NCR) in the greater D.C. metro area. Graduate students in STS come from a wide range of backgrounds including the natural and physical sciences, engineering, numerous professional disciplines, liberal arts and humanities, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, and philosophy. Graduates emerge with an ability to identify and examine the conceptual, social, cultural, historical, and policy dimensions of science and technology.

Further information about our program and campuses

Main Blacksburg campus

122 Lane Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
To contact the Graduate Secretary: crcrigge "at" vt "dot" edu
See the official Blacksburg campus STS site for information for prospective students and a list of faculty.

National Capital Region campus

Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Rd, Room 441, Falls Church, VA, 22043
To contact the National Capital Region Director: ballen "at" vt "dot" edu
See the official National Capital Region STS site for announcements and current course offerings

The Northern Virginia STS program is designed for people who work in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Courses are offered at night and sometimes on the Internet. Blacksburg faculty also work with Northern Virginia students by serving on thesis and dissertation committees. Options in History, Philosophy, and Social/Policy Studies of Science and Technology (Certificate, M.S., Ph.D.)

To become a graduate student in the STS program, it is recommended that you first take some courses as a Commonwealth Campus (CC) student. Up to 12 credits taken as a CC student can be counted toward your degree, if you are admitted. This simple application can be found through the main NCR website.

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