Interdisciplinary Studies

Science, Technology and Society

Engaging undergraduate courses

Philosopher Nathan Kowalsky brings enthusiasm to his courses on science and values.

Robert Smith

Historian of Science, Robert Smith, in Ottawa discussing the play "Copenhagen", on a panel moderated by Jay Ingram (The Daily Planet)

Joan Greer

Joan Greer, Art and Design, teaches ART H 309 The History and Theory of Sustainable Design, Winter 2016

Science, Technology and Society invites you to explore the role and impact of scientific and technological developments on human societies past and present.  From the invention of the plow to the latest digital technologies, science and technology have shaped societies throughout the world. How did these practices arise? How have they influenced our social institutions, ethical values, cultural practices, and economic systems? And how can we manage their impact in the future? This interdisciplinary program combines insights from Anthropology, Art and Design, Economics, English and Film Studies, History, Sociology, and Philosophy to help you think critically about the roles scientific and technological practices play in our lives.

A major or minor in Science, Technology and Society prepares you for careers in fields such as law, public affairs, information technology, journalism, museum studies, policy analysis, and science education.