Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Society

The Science, Technology and Society Graduate Certificate is designed for students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at Georgia Tech. This certificate is for graduate students who would like to demonstrate additional competence in some aspect of STS or special competence in STS in their home discipline. The certificate is open to students in good standing in any graduate program at Georgia Tech.

The 12-credit certificate program helps students to:

  • Understand the social, cultural, and epistemic dynamics of science and technology
  • Explore these dynamics across world societies and cultures
  • Develop sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and justice across areas of knowledge, including: engineering, medicine, environment, cognition, security, innovation, design
  • Employ STS approaches as scholars or practitioners (e.g. engineers, scientists, or policy makers)

Program of Study (Four Courses Total):

  • Core Course: One Required

    • HTS 6743 / PUBP 6743 / LMC 6743:  STS Core Seminar
    • HTS 6118:  Science, Technology and the Economy
    • HTS 6121 / INTA 8803:  Science, Technology and Security
    • HTS 6123 / LMC 8803:  Social and Cultural Studies of Biomedicine
    • HTS 6124:  Science and Technology Beyond Borders
    • PUBP 6748 / LMC 6748:  Social Justice, Critical Theory and Philosophy of Design
    • LMC 6749 / PUBP 6749:  Feminist Theory and STS

  • Up to One Other Elective, Subject to Student Interest and STS Coordinator Approval

    • Many appropriate courses are offered across the Ivan Allen College and the Institute, for example, CS 8893:  Cognition and Culture




LMC/PUBP 6749: Feminist Theory and STS

Dr. Rachel Dean-Ruzicka

Tuesday 5:00-7:45, Skiles 308

Feminist Theory and STS is a course that will help you track the development of the field of science and technology studies alongside the growth and changes of feminist theory. We begin with the basics of feminism’s challenges to biological determinism, but branch from there into considerations of scientific and technologic inequalities related to race, sexuality, and ability. Feminist theory, at its core, is an interrogation of institutional structures that support inequalities, and very often the discourses of science and technology are used to prop up those institutions. Our course will consider canonical topics such as biological determinism, situated knowledges, and gender identity. From this basis, we will engage with current feminist theory addressing the Anthropocene and reproductive futurism, among others. While this will be a reading intensive course, we will also consider how theoretical knowledge can be expressed in visual communication, public spaces, and the arts.


PHIL 4803-JB: Data, Ethics, and Policy

Dr. Justin B. Biddle

Thursday 2:00-3:15, Clough 129

Course Description (draft, subject to minor changes): This course will explore the ethical dimensions of data sciences and policies. Data sciences, and related fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), are transforming the world in which we live. They have the potential to bring tremendous benefits, but they also involve risks, including risks of privacy harms; human rights violations; social injustice and inequality; alienation, and others. In this course, we will examine conceptual tools and frameworks that deepen our understanding of the ethical issues associated with data sciences; we will probe these tools and frameworks in the context of current cases and challenges (including discussions of social media, bias, misinformation, psychological harms, and others), and we will explore policies and standards that help us to move forward and work toward achieving our shared ethical commitments.


HTS 6114: History of Science

Dr. Kristie Macrakis

Thursday, 5:00-7:45 pm, Old CE G 10

This graduate level course is an introduction to the history of science intended for students with little or no background in the field. It examines the relationship between science and society thematically while emphasizing the modern period. Topics include: What is history of science, historiography, the Scientific Revolution, Religion and Science, Popular Science, Imperialism, Empire and science and technology, science and ideology (from Nazism to Communism), race, class, sex, gender, Big Science, Technology and War, and Merchants of Doubt. It also examines central topics, debates and theoretical perspectives in the History of Science and Technology.


LMC 6650: Data Physicalization Project Studio

Dr. Yanni Alexander Loukissas

Tuesday, 12:30- 3:15, TBD

This project studio will focus on the design and development of prototypes for a data physicalization on the site of Georgia Tech’s EcoCommons. A data physicalization is a “physical artifact whose geometry or material properties encode data” ( If traditional visualizations map data to pixels or marks on paper, a physicalization maps data to a physical form in real space.

Our designs will focus on physicalizations of data about the environmental health of the Chattahoochee River, a local waterway that starts in North Georgia and flows into Florida's Apalachicola Bay. As part of the Chattahoochee watershed, the campus's storm water drains directly into the river. In turn, the river provides water for domestic, industrial, and agricultural use, as well as electric power, building materials (bricks were once made from the river's red clay), recreation, wildlife habitats, and much more.

Using "data physicalization" as a form of inquiry, we will explore the relationship of the Georgia Tech campus to this important but fragile environmental entity. The goal of this course is to engage students from across Georgia Tech in imagining novel forms of data exploration, which reveal the potential of space and place to inform sense-making with data in public life.


No prerequisites are required. Contact with questions or for a permit to register.

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