Science and Technology Studies Graduate Certificate


Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

 National Capital Region Campus


Residential/On Campus 

 Some Online Courses 

The STS graduate certificate offers the opportunity to develop competency in the study of the relations between science, technology, and society.













The STS graduate certificate offers the opportunity to learn and develop competency in various aspects of the relations between science, technology, and society. It is intended to serve both current graduate students in other programs at Virginia Tech and non-degree-seeking students interested in career advancement. For example, an STS certificate might help: a graduate student in Public Administration launch a career in administering a science-policy oriented NGO; a biology student who wants training in public engagement; or a graduate student in Philosophy who wants to combine the philosophy of science with the empirical study of scientists at work. Mid-career professionals who are not pursuing interested in another degree may find the Certificate useful for building new competencies in areas such as technology analysis, science policy, or the public understanding of science.You will complete 12 credit hours including core requirements, and 1 elective from Science and technology in Society Courses. Only six credits can be double-counted for this certificate and a graduate degree. Transfer credits are not permitted.

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. Recipients of the graduate certificate emerge with an ability to identify and examine the conceptual, social, cultural, historical, and policy dimensions of science and technology.

Courses leading to a Graduate Certificate 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


Interested in learning interdisciplinary wide range of research topics in social sciences and humanities to examine the ways that science and technology shape, and are shaped by, our society, politics, and culture?

Blacksburg Campus prospective students, please call Saul Halfon at 540-231-1648 or email: 

National Capitol Region prospective students, please call Janet Abbate at 703-538-3768 or email:

Visit our Blacksburg office at 122 Lane Hall, 280 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Visit our National Capitol Region office at 7054 Haycock Rd, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church, VA, 22043


Saul Halfon, Graduate Director
232 Lane Hall

Janet Abbate, NCR Co-Director
Northern Virginia Center

Sonja Schmid, NCR Co-Director
Northern Virginia Center

Carol Slusser,Graduate Coordinator
121 Lane Hall