Science and technology studies, or science, technology and society studies (both abbreviated STS) is the study of how society, politics, and culture affect scientific research and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, affect society, politics, and culture.
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Welcome! If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re an STS major at UC Davis. If you aren’t, then you’re still welcome here! STS is a relatively new academic field, and UC Davis is the only university in the UC system that has an STS undergraduate program (in fact, UC Davis is one of only three schools in California that offers STS as an undergraduate major, alongside Stanford and Pomona College in Claremont). So if you’ve recently become interested in the field of STS, you’re in luck!
We believe that an STS major – or at least an interest in STS-related topics – complements almost every other field of study, considering how science and technology influence virtually every aspect of modern life. As an interdisciplinary major that draws from sociology, history, philosophy, literature, media studies, political science, business/entrepreneurship, legal studies, and similar disciplines, most students (including those in STEM) will probably find at least one area of STS scholarship that appeals to them. To learn more about the STS major at UC Davis, visit the program’s website.
You don’t have to be an STS major to join this club – you just have to have an interest in how science and technology influence society. We welcome all levels of experience and encourage students from any major on campus to join. We hope to create a laid-back, inclusive environment where students can learn more about the opportunities that exist in the field of STS. To learn more about the activities we have planned, visit our About section.