Science, Technology, and Society


Science and technology have changed the ways we live, work, and think. The well-being of individuals, nations, and the Earth depends in part on techno-scientific discoveries and inventions. The STS Program at Colby examines national and international social and cultural implications of these developments.

Colby is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of science, technology, and society, and it is one of only a handful of liberal arts colleges offering this program. Students are deeply engaged in this evolving interdisciplinary field of study, exploring both the technical and social dimensions. Collaborating with professors, they investigate the discipline through historical, philosophical, sociological, and cultural lenses while assessing pressing public policy issues. Students can select from a variety of STS courses that focus on both U.S. and international issues and incorporate an array of topics, allowing students to develop particular lines of interest within the major.

Through rigorous courses, a variety of electives, and a final thesis, students gain an understanding of the technical and social dimensions of science and technology, become better-informed citizens as they hone critical interdisciplinary-research, writing, and communication skills.

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