Careers for STS Majors
STS is a vibrant field of research and teaching with academic programs around the country. The Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), which began at Stanford in 1971, aims to provide students with an interdisciplinary framework through which to understand the complex interactions of science, technology and the social world. After working through a common core of courses drawn from the social sciences, the humanities, the sciences and engineering, students pursue B.A. or B.S. coursework in one of five thematic areas:
- Information Technology, Media and Society
- Innovation, Technology and Organizations
- Environment and Sustainability
- Life Sciences and Biotechnology
- Policy, Security and Technology
The STS major provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers. 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.
WHAT DO STS STUDENTS PURSUE AFTER GRADUATING FROM STANFORD?
Graduates of STS have entered top-ranked Ph.D. and MBA programs and have forged successful careers in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, law, public service, medicine and academia. In a world where graduates are called on to have technical, analytical and collaborative skills, the STS major well prepares Stanford students for a wide range of career paths. For more detailed information on our alums, please visit our Alumni page.
The Stanford Career Development Center is your campus resource for learning about careers, networking, job and internship lists, resume and interview preparation and other professional development services.
The STS peer advisor team can be a marvelous sounding board to current majors about career planning, while staff and faculty can help you to hone your interests and explore career paths that may be unfamiliar to you.
The STS Office has extensive information on the careers of recent STS graduates. And the STS Linked-In Group is also a powerful network for current and recent STS students.
The Program has created a "100 Job Titles of Stanford STS Alums" document, which is a useful resource for answering the question, "What can I do with a STS degee?" In some cases, we may be able to provide you with contact information for STS alums who are working for companies or in fields in which you are interested.