Founded in 1982, the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer is one of the oldest programs of its sort. Our  faculty members have backgrounds in anthropology, history, philosophy, political science, social psychology, and sociology. 

This department is one of the few in the world that offers STS degrees from baccalaureate to doctoral levels. Degree programs offered through the STS Department emphasize the cultural, historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of scientific and technological society, with a focus on ethical and values issues.