Students enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and Society (STS) program because they are interested in discovering how and why the work and communication strategies of scientists, technologists and other professionals affect the social systems in which we all partake.
STS majors begin their studies by exploring the theoretical and historical foundations of science and technology as they concern politics, economics and culture. During the second and third years, core courses present case studies and practical assignments that build on the fundamentals learned in the first year. Students also select an area of specialization, or create one of their own, and identify a topic for their senior projects. STS majors are continuously developing their abilities to analyze complex information, solve critical problems, and demonstrate their ethical awareness and sense of public responsibility.
STS alumni attend medical, law or business graduate programs. Others go into businesses as diverse as environmental remediation to marketing and management. Still others engage in governmental, public policy, NGO administration or academia.
Albert Dorman Honors College (ADHC) students may participate in accelerated and other pre-professional programs allied with Seton Hall University's law school or UMDNJ's Medicine, Physical Therapy (DPT) or Physician's Assistant programs. STS students are encouraged to participate in NJIT's Cooperative Education program and the B.S./M.S. program, and internships in a corporate, not-for-profit or government setting.
STS encourages students in CSLA and other majors to consider a double major or minor in STS. During their senior year, double majors compose a senior thesis that places work done for their primary majors in an STS context.
STS 101: Foundations of Science, Technology and Society
STS 257: Technology, Society and Culture: An American View
STS 258: Technology, Society and Culture: A Global View
STS 301: Independent Study
STS 304: Writing about Science, Technology and Society
STS 307: Fundamentals of Research in STS
STS 310: Technology and Human Values
STS 490: Project and Seminar I
STS 491: Project and Seminar II
PHIL 355: The Philosophy of Science
Areas of Specialization
Students select, with the program director, a coherent set of six courses to provide a depth of knowledge and practical engagement with a topic that is related to the research areas of STS faculty. Specialization courses can be taken either at NJIT or Rutgers-Newark, via E-learning from another institution, or as part of a study abroad program. Required and elective courses are offered each semester that support the following specializations:
- Environmental Studies and Communication (pdf)
- Music, Culture and Technology (pdf)
- Philosophy of Technology and Social Science (pdf)
- Science Education (pdf)
Prospective freshmen and transfer students, both internal and external to NJIT, who are interested in pursuing the B.S. in Science, Technology and Society or would like more information about the program, its faculty and the variety of opportunities that STS presents should inquire with the program director, Prof. Maurie Cohen (email@example.com); 973.596.5281 and consult the NJIT undergraduate catalog for specific requirements and other information.
For a detailed curricular plan, please visit the BS STS page in the undergraduate catalog.