Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

                   National Capital Region Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus


Examine how science and technology intersect with society, politics, and culture. We use the tools of social science, history, philosophy, and policy to understand complex issues.

2 Campuses
48 conference papers presented by students in 2016
46 Current Ph.D. students
1990 First Ph.D. awarded
7 years (Median time to degree)
7 Students (Average class size)
What is Science and Technology Studies?

We analyze 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 our faculty cross a wide range of disciplinary boundaries.

Why Study Science and Technology Studies Here?

Our program offers two options to accomodate part-time or full-time enrollment. All classes are taught in small seminars and offer personal interaction with faculty and peers. Conduct research integrates science and technology with societal institutions, norms, and practices.

What Our Students Are Saying

The cloud exists as an assemblage of technologies, infrastructures, and human practices. Seeing how social values are built into technologies can help us build more robust and egalitarian systems.As a Science and Technology Studies (STS) researcher, Trevor’s work is interdisciplinary. His dissertation borrows from STS scholars, historians, computer scientists, sociologists, and philosophers. These multiple perspectives provide the tools to understand how the cloud and other technological systems interface with the social world.

Trevor Croker

My field is called Science and Technology Studies, or STS. It's an interdisciplinary program that intersects with four main disciplines: history, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy. By interweaving the theories and methods of these disciplines, alongside those developed within STS itself, scholars in my field become social scientists and humanists who study scientists, their practices, and technologies--or scholars interested in different kinds of expertise, instruments, and the process of knowledge creation.

Jennifer Henderson
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Ph.D. Students Research Highlights

"An Excellent Start, but Ironically Lacks Diversity"

Joshua Earle, STS Ph.D. Student, published “An Excellent Start, but Ironically Lacks Diversity,” Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 20:1 (2016): 73–75.  He received an award for best panel presentation at the 2016 STGlobal conference.

" The Role of the Public and NGOs in Space Governance"

Amy Kaminski, recent Ph.D. graduate in STS - NCR campus published, “What Place for the People?  The Role of the Public and NGOs in Space Governance,” European Space Policy Institute 2014 Yearbook, ed. Arne Lahcen, Vienna, Austria: Springer, 2016.  

Interested in learning a 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

Domestic Application

*Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

Spring: September 1

* Students seeking assistantships for funding should submit all required admissions materials by February 1 for full consideration.


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