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


HTS/LMC/PUBP 6743: Science, Technology, & Society: Core Seminar

Professor Robert Rosenberger

Fall 2020, Monday, 6:30-9:15

The STS Core Seminar serves as a general introduction to the ideas and themes of the field of Science & Technology Studies and its various overlapping discourses. We cover major figures, concepts, case studies, and core readings. The course is structured around visiting guest class instructors, professors from across campus who bring their special perspective on STS to our class. The course is also broadly interdisciplinary, and includes readings from sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, media studies, design, and other disciplines. We consider science and technology in their various social and political situations, and as such this course (and the STS Grad Certificate courses generally) may be of interest to graduate students from across Georgia Tech. The STS Core Seminar also functions as the one required course for the STS Graduate Certificate, and is offered every fall.


PHIL 4803-JB: Data, Ethics, and Policy

Professor Justin Biddle

Fall 2020, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00-6:16pm

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, surveillance, autonomous vehicles, and others), and we will explore policies and standards that help us to move forward and work toward achieving our shared ethical commitments.


PUBP 6403: Scientific Careers and Workplaces
Professor Mary Frank Fox

Fall 2022, Wednesday, 6:30pm

The seminar offers key perspectives toward understanding scientific careers and workplaces. You will acquire a uniquely comprehensive view of scientific careers and workplaces -- valuable whether you work in these environments, study them, or both.

Topics include:
1) Science and engineering workforces: supply, demand, salaries, career entry, career exits.
2) Workplaces of universities, national laboratories, industrial research/development: priorities, funding, staffing, structures, and cultures.
3) Experiences of doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and research personnel.
4) Ways that scientific careers and workplaces are evolving and changing.
5) Policies bearing on scientific careers and workplaces.


And look out for these courses in Spring 2023:

HTS 6121/INTA 8803: Science, Technology & Security with Kristie Macrakis
PUBP/LMC 6748: Social Justice & Design with Rosenberger