Science and Technology Studies at Stevens

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that examines the role of science and technology in human affairs. STS researchers study the forces that shape scientific research and technological innovation – as well as the ways that science and technology shape human societies and cultures.

Students who become expert analysts of these interactions will become leaders in making solutions to the most pressing issues of the 21st century, including global climate change, economic stability, clean energy, ethical computing, and the alleviation of poverty and disease.

The STS program at Stevens Institute of Technology currently offers two majors:

B.A. in Science Communication 

The B.A. in Science Communication from Stevens Institute of Technology teaches students to convey information about science, technology, and medicine to experts and non-experts in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

B.S. in Science, Technology & Society

Students studying Science, Technology & Society at Stevens Institute of Technology investigate two fundamental questions: How do social forces shape scientific research and technological innovation?  How do science and technology, in turn, shape human societies and cultures?





Because of the interdisciplinarity of STS, courses from approximately 15 departments across the University are included in the STS curriculum. These courses are taught by over 20 faculty members.

  • Alan Blumberg, George Meade Bond Professor and Director, Davidson Laboratory
  • Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering
  • John Horgan, Director of the Center for Science Writings
  • Samantha Kleinberg, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Theresa MacPhailAssistant Professor of STS
  • Jennifer McBryan, Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of the Freshman Experience
  • James E. McClellan III, Professor of History
  • Greg Morgan, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Anthony Pennino, Assistant Professor of Literature
  • Julie Pullen, Director, DHS National Center of Excellence for Maritime Security and Research Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering
  • Andrew Russell, Associate Professor of History and Director of STS
  • Susan Schept, Teaching Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Keith Sheppard, Professor and Associate Dean, Schaefer School of Engineering and Science
  • Michael Steinmann, Professor of Philosophy
  • Yu TaoAssistant Professor of Sociology
  • Jeff Thompson, Assistant Professor and Director of Program in Visual Arts & Technology
  • Peter Tolias, Professor and Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation
  • Lee Vinsel, Assistant Professor of STS
  • Alex Wellerstein, Assistant Professor of STS




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Faculty Spotlight

John Horgan

Director, Center for Science Writings


What are your research areas of interest?  

I'm interested in, and write about, any and all scientific controversies, especially those that pose knotty philosophical, ethical and political problems

What are some of the courses you are currently teaching?

CAL 103: Writing and Communications. HHS130: History of Science and Technology. HST401: Seminar in Science Writing.

What can students expect when they take a class with you?

Being forced to rethink their assumptions about the world.

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

I write for my Scientific American blog "Cross-check" and play hockey.