Politics and Policy Studies of Science and Technology (Graduate Certificate)
Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, National Capital Region Campus
Residential/On Campus, Some Online Courses
The graduate certificate program in Politics and Policy Studies of Science and Technology targets three audiences: graduate students in other programs at Virginia Tech who would like to demonstrate additional competence in the politics and policies of STS, graduate students in contributing departments who would like to demonstrate special competence in the politics and policies of STS in their home discipline, and non-degree-seeking students who desire special competence in the politics and policies of STS for career advancement. In addition, mid-career professionals pursue this certificate if they are not particularly interested in another degree, however, they would like to be able to point to the completion of some shorter course of study. Students in this certificate program will critically assess science and technology policy. Students will be exposed to issues in bioethics in public policy, information technology, and politics.
- Fall: August 1
- Spring: January 1
- Summer I: May 1
- Summer II: Jun 1
- Fall: April 1
- Spring: September 1
- Summer I: Jan 1
- Summer II: Feb 1
Science, Technology, and Society Faculty
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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