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Science, Technology, and Society, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #2 (WUR) Stanford, CA, United States
The Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University is a dynamic interdisciplinary major that provides students with a liberal arts education for the twenty-first century.
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The Program's affiliated faculty represent over a dozen departments, including Anthropology, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Electrical Engineering, History, Law, Management Science and Engineering, Political Science and Sociology.

One of the only majors at Stanford University to offer both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree, STS majors develop depth within two or three fields of study while fostering a broad understanding of the technical and social dimensions of science and technology. The current curriculum includes a focused core as well as five thematic concentration areas. Students also have the opportunity to pursue research in affiliated labs and through the honors program, to network with alumni and to take innovative project-based courses. 

 Science, Technology, and Society provides an arena for dialogue among students of engineering, humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences: a common ground where ideas that transcend the divisions between fields are not merely envisioned, but practiced. Founded in 1971, the Program is among the oldest of such programs in the United States.

Graduates of STS have entered distinguished graduate programs, such as Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, MIT's Technology and Policy Program, Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and top-ranked doctoral programs around the world. STS alumni have forged successful careers in a variety of fields, including business, engineering, law, public service, medicine and academia.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The Public Life of Science and Technology
  • Making of a Nuclear World: History, Politics, and Culture
  • The Future of Information
  • Knowledge and Information Infrastructures
  • The Politics of Food and Eating: Technology, Culture, and History
  • Techno-metabolism: Technology, Society, and the Anthropocene
  • Issues in Technology and the Environment
  • Doing STS: Introduction to Research

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Coalition Application  or Common Application 
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request 
  • ACT or SAT (Writing/Essay not required) (refer to testing for score reporting policies)
  • School Report and counselor letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers
  • Midyear transcript (by February 15)
  • Standardized testing is one of the application requirements that can highlight academic preparedness. There are no minimum test scores required to be admitted to Stanford, and there is no score that guarantees admission. At Stanford, we review applications holistically, meaning every component of the application is valuable to us as we get to know each student.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17619 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17619 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Regular quarterly tuition.

Living costs for Stanford

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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