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Science, Technology, and Society (Honors), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #2 (WUR) Stanford, CA, United States
The Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) from Stanford University invites undergraduate students from all majors to apply for admission to its Honors Program. Since the program was launched in 1978, STS honors students have carried out a variety of innovative research projects that address the intersection of science, technology and society. 
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Overview

Not only do honors students from Stanford University become experts in a specialized field of interest, but the honors designation signifies intellectual independence, analytical rigor, organizational skills, discipline, and perseverance. These skills and attributes are broadly applicable beyond the specific area of expertise, and serve individuals well after graduation. 

Science, Technology, and Society honors students have capitalized on their projects as a springboard for graduate studies and for careers in fields such as information technology, entrepreneurship, finance, public policy, media, education, law, medicine and the nonprofit sector.

Students accepted into the program carry out an original honors project, working with a faculty adviser. For STS majors, this project also fulfills the requirements for a capstone course and a sociocultural concentration course. An STS honors thesis tackles a significant problem or question related to the intersection of science, technology, and society. Students draw research methods from one or more of the disciplines that shape STS, such as history, sociology, communication, anthropology, environmental science, computer programming/modeling, engineering, economics, political science, and art history, while also capitalizing on unique analytical perspectives of STS as an intellectual field.

 STS interdisciplinary honors signals expertise in a given area, organizational skills, and intellectual rigor, and students have used it as a springboard for graduate studies and for careers in fields such as information technology, entrepreneurship, finance, public policy, media, education, law, medicine, and the nonprofit sector. Past honors projects are on file in the STS office library, as well as the digital repository.

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
  • Independent Study

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

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Funding

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