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Science, Technology, and Society

48 months
57498 USD/year
57498 USD/year
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The interrelation of scientific and technological systems with social and political life has become perhaps the most pressing concern of modern society. The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program from Bard College provides a rigorous approach to this area in conjunction with a primary discipline in the social sciences, arts, literature, or the natural sciences.


Developing from its foundation in the history and philosophy of science, Science, Technology, and Society at Bard College acts as a bridge between the social studies disciplines and natural sciences. It also complements the focus of the Experimental Humanities (EH) concentration on media in literature and the arts. 

What you'll learn

Students can use the resources of STS for the extradisciplinary exploration often demanded by contemporary issues in technology and science, while the primary academic or scientific field (e.g., anthropology, physics, or economics)provides a base of methodological skills and perspective. 

One benefit of this structure is that STS can provide the institutional grounding for interests—such as nonfiction science writing, the economy of software or social networking, toxicology, or the philosophy of scientific disciplines—that have no single “home” in a primary program.


To moderate, students in STS must take two courses in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing (not including Science History and Philosophy courses cross-listed with STS) and two core STS courses. 

The student’s plan for a sequence of courses at Moderation is of particular importance in such established fields of interest within STS as “History and Philosophy of Science” and “Nonfiction Science Education and Documentation.” In these cases, students are required to complete particular key courses in the program (see website for details). Reading competence in a foreign language or further science, mathematics, or computing coursework is strongly recommended. 

To graduate, students must take one two-course sequence in a basic science (AP science courses may count toward this requirement); two additional courses in the Science, Mathematics, and Computing Division; two elective STS cross-listed courses, one outside the student’s home division; and a methodology course (usually in policy analysis or statistics). 

They must also complete a Senior Project informed by themes relating to the social role of science and technology. A Senior Project in biology and STS, for instance, might look at a particular biological problem of epidemiology along with the economic, political, or public health dimension of disease prevention surrounding that disease.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Development from the Ground Up
  • History of Medicine and Psychiatry
  • Knowledge and Society in the Scientific Revolution
  • History of Science in the Post-War Period (1950-2000)
  • History of Science Before Newton, NS. 222 (3000 B.C.E. to 1700)
  • Philosophy of Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


128 SCH


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply using the Common Application.
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
  • School Report (Form is generally completed by a high school counselor and includes a school profile.)
  • Teacher recommendations (Two are required: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor and one from a math or science instructor.) In addition to the two letters of recommendation from teachers, a third letter of recommendation is required. This recommendation must come from a higher education counselor for students who have access to a college counseling office. 
  • TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test are acceptable English proficiency tests. All international applicants for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the accepted English proficiency tests.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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