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Why STS? A Vision

Today’s global challenges — like climate change, cyber-warfare, health inequalities, and the future of interactive and collaborative storytelling — are complex, hard to define, and multifaceted; they are “wicked.” Wicked problems involve a high degree of uncertainty and a large number of stakeholders with competing perspectives, values and goals.

A critical theme that STS minors explore is the complicated role of science and technology in “wicked” problems. New scientific breakthroughs and technological developments contribute to both the creation and solution of wicked problems.

STS graduates are able to understand and navigate the complex relationships between science, technology and society; bridge diverse disciplines and professions; and work successfully with diverse individuals and communities in challenging and shifting environments. Whether in business, engineering, biotechnology, law, medicine, education, or new industries and areas of research, STS graduates are ready to create better policy and risk communication, more inclusive science and technology, and cutting-edge digital media.

In short, STS graduates lead efforts to solve today’s most pressing, wicked problems and change the world.

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