Science, Technology and Society
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The socially responsible application of science and technology

Science, Technology and Society explores the powerful social, ethical, and political relationships that drive research and innovation. The program delves into the challenges of living and innovating in a world where emerging science and technologies are becoming increasingly interconnected, pervasive, and powerful.

The program’s primary goal is to give students analytical skills that help connect science and technology to broader social needs. STS pursues this goal through individual research projects, collaborative problem solving activities, user-centered design projects, and service-learning.  

STS welcomes students from all majors who are interested in understanding how we can responsibly maximize the societal benefits of scientific inquiry and technological innovation.


Active Learning

STS students participate in a number of field trips to further their understanding of the program themes and objectives.  Sites include the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Building Museum.

Students also have the opportunity to engage in service actives related to the program such as volunteering for Maryland Robotics Day, Women In Engineering's annual DREAM Conference , Maryland Regional Science Bowl, Center for Social Value Creation’s annual Social Enterprise Symposium, and FIRST’s Chesapeake Regional Competition at the Xfinity Center on campus.

STS features three rewarding practicum opportunities: 1) Robotics service-learning program, students explore innovative ways of encouraging STEM education in Prince Georges County schools; 2) Infrastructure and Society, students work with professional engineers on a service-learning project that assesses the safety and viability of infrastructure; 3) Sustainability and Design: Work with real clients from local communities to design the implementation of sustainable technologies.

Colloquium and Lecture Topics

  • Should Robots have Rights?
  • Big Data and the Future of Privacy
  • What’s the Next Big Thing for NASA?
  • Breaking Down the Barriers of Alternative Energy Adoption

Curriculum Overview

The following table represents a typical four-year curriculum, but individual schedules may vary. Details about courses and requirements can be found on the Science, Technology and Society Citation Checklist.

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Freshman Fall   Freshman Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 2 Scholars Colloquium 1
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Practicum 3 Scholars Capstone 3
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15