The disciplined study of the interaction between science, technology and society using the methodologies of the humanities and the social science constitutes the domain of this program. Such an understanding is crucial for the development of public policy for the regulation and development of systems ranging from health to environmental protection. At the undergraduate level students build a methodological foundation in critical analysis of both historical and contemporary issues at the interface of science and technology with societal concerns.
Courses address topics such as the history of scientific thought, scientific revolutions, the nature of experts, failures, information technology, biomedicine, gender and religion to name just a few.
At the graduate level MA and PhD students are immersed in arguably the largest collection of scholars in the field in North America. The program draws some 42 interdisciplinary faculty members from the humanities, social science, English, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, computer science, and education as well as the physical and life sciences.
The department offers both BSc and BA undergraduate degrees and supports close to 40 students engaged in advanced studies for MA and PhD degrees.