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Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a diverse and growing field that examines how science and technology intersect with society, politics, and culture.  STS uses the tools of social science, history, philosophy, and policy to understand complex and cutting-edge issues.  Graduate students in STS come from a wide range of backgrounds including the natural and physical sciences, engineering, numerous professional disciplines, liberal arts and humanities.  We value your real-world experience and help you transform your insights into scholarship.  Our graduate program prepares students to advance research and make a difference.

At Virginia Tech's National Capital Region campus the STS program offers Ph.D., M.S., and Graduate Certificate options.  We are conveniently located next to the West Falls Church metro, with parking available in the university lot.  All classes are offered in the evening, to accommodate working professionals' busy schedules.  They are taught in small seminars and offer personal interaction with faculty and peers.  Students from all academic and professional backgrounds are welcome.

The STS program accepts new students year-round and offers courses in Spring, Summer, and Fall (browse our website at for our current courses).  You can try out STS even before being accepted to a degree program through VT's Commonwealth Campus program.  Any classes taken in this program will count toward your M.S. or Ph.D. requirements.  Commonwealth Campus applications can be made up to one week before classes start and do not require the GRE, letters of reference, or official transcripts.

The Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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