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An arena for dialogue among students of engineering, humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences.

About Our STS Program

A common ground where ideas that transcend the divisions between fields are not merely envisioned, but practiced: the Program in Science, Technology and Society is a dynamic interdisciplinary major that provides students with a liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.


Female civil engineer students assesses flood risk management plans

The Program's affiliated faculty represent over a dozen departments, including Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Electrical Engineering, History, Law, Management Science and Engineering, Political Science and Sociology.

One of the only majors at Stanford to offer both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree, STS majors develop depth within two or three fields of study while fostering a broad understanding of the technical and social dimensions of science and technology. The current curriculum includes a focused core as well as five thematic concentration areas. Students also have the opportunity to pursue research in affiliated labs and through the honors program, to network with alumni and to take innovative project-based courses. More about the major


Graduates of STS have entered distinguished graduate programs, such as Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, MIT's Technology and Policy Program, Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and top-ranked doctoral programs around the world. STS alumni have forged successful careers in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, law, public service, medicine and academia. More about alumni stories

History of STS at Stanford

Founded in 1971, the Program is among the oldest of such programs in the United States. Click the right and left arrows on the timeline below to see history of STS at Stanford.