Ph.D. in Science and Technology explores the relationship between science, technology, and society using a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Research in STS analyzes how society affects the development and implementation of scientific, technological, and medical knowledges and practices and how scientific, technological, and medical pursuits affect society. The research and scholarly interests of STS faculty cross a wide range of disciplinary boundaries: some rely on fieldwork, others are immersed in historical or governmental archival research, while others develop social and conceptual analyses to answer theoretical or ethical questions.You will complete 90 credit hours including core requirements, field work, electives, and research.The STS department has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg Campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application.
Graduate students in STS come from a wide range of backgrounds including the natural and physical sciences, engineering, numerous professional disciplines, liberal arts and humanities, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, and philosophy. Graduates emerge with an ability to identify and examine the conceptual, social, cultural, historical, and policy dimensions of science and technology.
Courses leading to a PhD in STS are available at two sites, Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg and the National Capital Region (NCR) in the greater D.C. metro area.
Why Study at Virginia Tech Main Campus?
- Best fit for students interest in full-time graduate study on the campus of Virginia’s largest research university.
- The graduate program in STS at Virginia Tech prepares students to be productive and publicly-engaged scholars, advancing research.
- Full range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities
Why Study at National Capital Region (NCR)?
- Part-time program and evening classes cater to working professionals. Convenient to the Washington DC Metro at West Falls Church.
- All classes are taught in small seminars and offer personal interaction with faculty and peers. Students from all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome