Department of Science, Technology, and Society

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Science and technology studies is a growing field that draws on the full range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to examine the ways that science and technology shape, and are shaped by, our society, politics, and culture. We study contemporary controversies, historical transformations, policy dilemmas, and broad philosophical questions. The graduate program in science and technology studies at Virginia Tech prepares students to be productive and publicly engaged scholars, advancing research and making a difference.

Our program — administered by the Department of Science, Technology, and Society — has two locations that share faculty and a common curriculum. Some courses are teleconferenced across campuses. Both locations offer the master’s in science (M.S.) and the Ph.D.

Virginia Tech Main Campus, Blacksburg, Virginia

The main campus in Blacksburg offers the best fit for students interested in full-time graduate study at Virginia’s largest research university.

National Capital Region Campus, Falls Church, Virginia

This campus offers the same program, but with evening courses to accommodate part-time students with careers in Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area.


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