Science, Technology, & Society
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is a relatively new major to the University of Puget Sound. STS is not a science degree; rather, it is the historical, philosophical, and sociological study of the natural and social sciences, technology, and medicine. STS majors develop a clear understanding of the role of science and technology in society, which provides excellent preparation for graduate study in medicine, law, public policy, science writing, and university administration, research, and teaching. STS is a "contract major" in which students commit to a specific plan of study (in cooperation with an advisor) at the time they declare the major. STS minors, especially those majoring in a science, and students taking individual courses will broaden their understanding of this important area of culture.
One great resource to explore career fields in your major is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network. Alumni are glad to speak with you about their careers. Because STS is a new major, there will not be many alumni who have majored or minored in STS. However, STS reaches a variety of career paths. Begin your search by looking into science, sociology, and history majors.
Research Potential Careers
Research will give you confidence in your career choice and provide you will the competitive edge when job searching. Career and Employment services have numerous materials to help you in this process. Check out the Career Resource Library in Howarth 101.
- HSS - The History of Science Society
- SHOT - The Society for the History of Technology
- The President's Council on Bioethics
- National Institutes of Health Bioethics Resources on the Web
- The National Association of Science Writers
- PSA - The Philosophy of Science Association
- 4S - The Society for Social Studies of Science
- National Association for Science, Technology, and Society
- University of Minnesota- History of Science and Technology
- University of Minnesota- History of Medicine
- University of Minnesota Philosophy of Science
- University of Chicago Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Medicine and Science
- Iowa State University History of Technology and Science
- Reilly Centre for Science, Technology and Values at the University of Notre Dame
- Penn State- Science, Technology, and Science
- Lehigh University - Science, Technology, and Society
- Stanford University- Program in Science, Technology, and Society
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Science, Technology, and Science
One of the most powerful tools for investigating career options is informational interviewing. Informational interviews provide the means to meet people in the career fields which interest you. To find people to interview, start with those people you know and list your natural network of contacts.
- Family and their Friends
- Friends and their Family
- Volunteer affiliations such as clubs, church, and community organizations
- Puget Sound Alumni
- Professionals in the Community
You will gain valuable information to help in deciding your major and possible career path. Also, you will begin to develop networking contacts for your future job search. Since only about 10 percent of existing jobs are filled through want ads, learning to network is a critical skill for a successful career search. At Career and Employment Services, we can help you hone your networking skills.
Investigate Internship Possibilities
Below are some examples of the internship possibilities listed in Career and Employment Services. See the internship coordinator to learn howinternships may be linked to your academic program for credit.
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Job Search Tools
There are numerous tools available to aide you in finding a job, both on the internet and in Career and Employment Services. With Career andEmployment Services behind you, you've got the tools you need when it comes to looking for a job.