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Karsten Wurth

Understanding today's challenges. Reimagining our future.

Science, Technology, and Society is a dynamic interdisciplinary major providing students with a liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.

One of the only Stanford majors to offer both Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees.

STS majors gain a broad understanding of how science, technology, and society interact, while developing depth within two or three focus areas. STS graduates have forged successful careers in many fields, including business, engineering, law, public service, medicine and academia.

We offer a variety of concentration options: Catastrophic Risks and Solutions | Communication and Media | Innovation and Organization | Life Sciences and Health | Politics and Policy | Social Dynamics of Data and Information.

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Michael Dziedzic

Why STS?

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Elliot Reyna


students in a library

 Linda A. Cicero

Honors Program

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Linda A. Cicero


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Faculty Spotlight

Adam Banks: Professor, Graduate School of Education

Professor Banks takes a different approach.

Even on his Stanford profile, Adam Banks describes himself as the following: "Committed teacher. Midnight Believer. A Slow Jam in a Hip Hop world. My scholarship lies at the intersections of writing, rhetoric and technology issues; my specialized interests include African American rhetoric, community literacy, digital rhetorics and…

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STS Director Paul Edwards published an analysis piece in The Conversation about climate change as an infrastructure problem.
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Race in Science, Technology, and Medicine

This series brings together Black, Indigenous and other scholars and professionals of color (BIPOC) from around the nation to explore the intersections of race, racism and scientific practice. Speakers share personal experiences and how they design their work for equity and justice, addressing race in such issues as energy infrastructure, nuclear arms control, algorithmic accountability, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology.

Faculty Bookshelf

My favorite part of being an STS Peer Advisor was building my relationship with department heads and other STS students. This was something that I would have not otherwise been able to experience had I not taken on the role as an STS peer advisor.
Caroline Smith
STS Student and Peer Advisor