"I found the STS minor through the ISAT program at JMU; as a biotechnology major, my background in science made me only knowledgeable within my field. It's important for science majors to realize that we cannot conduct our research without thinking about the effects it has on others. Our work does not exist independently of society, so it is important to understand how technology changes us and how we change technology. I can't express with words how satisfying and accomplished I felt when I completed the STS minor; I learned a great deal about whom my research will impact, how to keep an open mind about different beliefs people hold, and further improved my speech and writing abilities."
- Vi Nguyen, Class of 2014
Science, technology and society (STS) is an internationally recognized field of cross disciplinary study that integrates social scientific and humanistic studies to better understand the natural and human-built world. The minor offers students the opportunity to critically examine science, technology and medicine as expressions of human cultures, past and present.
Students learn to scrutinize the ideas, values and materials embedded in the world they inhabit today and to relate them to other times and places. They explore how choices made within various social, economic and political structures influence the development of science, technology and medicine. They also see how the adoption and diffusion of ideas, artifacts and techniques can then influence individuals, society, politics and culture. Courses in this minor draw students together from diverse majors across the campus and encourage open inquiry into the role of science and technology in society.
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Download a declaration of minor form.
If you would like to declare a Science, Technology and Society minor, or if you have questions about the minor, please contact:
Dr. Kevin Borg, Coordinator
Department of History
Cleveland Hall, Room 309