University Catalog 2024-2025

Science, Technology, and Society Program

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The only one of its kind in North Carolina, our program will help you understand the connections among science, technology, economics, domestic policy, international relations, the environment, health and medicine, and other crucial areas.

Our students examine how science and technology emerge, how they engage with society, how they change through social processes and how society changes under their influence.

Our program aims to help you:

  • Develop critical thinking and research skills — and relate them to global problems.
  • Explore complex topics from multiple perspectives.
  • Learn key science, technology and society (STS) concepts, literature, methods and approaches.

For more information about this program, visit our website.


Dr. Madhu Katti
Program Director

Dr. Patsy Sibley
Director of Undergraduate Advising



  • Madhu Katti, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Core Faculty

  • Ross Bassett, Professor, History
  • Bill Bauer, Teaching Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Robin Clayton, Lecturer, English
  • Gary Comstock, Professor, Philosophy
  • Veljko Dubljevic, Associate Professor, Philosophy/STS
  • Keith R. Earnshaw, Teaching Assistant Professor, STS
  • Amy Glaser, Teaching Assistant Professor, Philosophy
  • Shaefny Grays, Lecturer, Natural Resources
  • Will Kimler, Associate Professor, History
  • Darby Orcutt, Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NCSU Libraries
  • Bob P. Patterson, Professor, Crop Sciences
  • Patsy A. Sibley, Teaching Assistant Professor, STS & WGS
  • SJ Taylor, Lecturer, STS & WGS
  • Julie K. Wesp, Assistant Professor, Anthropology & STS


Honors in Science, Technology, and Society

The Honors Program in STS offers an enriching and challenging educational experience to qualified majors. Admission to the program requires at least a 3.25 overall GPA and 3.25 major GPA, including STS 214 Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society and at least 6 other hours of course work in the major requirements. Honors students must complete the Honors Option in STS 403 Seminar in Science, Technology, and Society with a course grade of B+ or better; three hours of course work in the major requirements taken from among graduate courses and independent study courses; and three additional hours of course work in the major requirements taken from among honors courses, honors option courses, graduate courses, and independent study courses. Graduation requires a 3.25 GPA overall and a 3.40 GPA in the major. Successful completion of the program is noted on the student’s transcript and in the commencement and honors convocation programs.