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Employers, universities, and grant agencies are increasingly demanding a practical awareness of the ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of scientific, medical, and engineering outcomes. Further, leadership positions in these areas ever more require the intellectual skills needed to work in interdisciplinary contexts. 

In a recent poll by Scientists and Engineers for America (, Americans overwhelmingly indicated that science and technology policy (including health policy) was of critical importance for the near-term future of the country (if not the world).

Penn State’s Science, Technology, and Society Program equips today’s students with the creative skills and critical thinking needed to meet the challenges of a “technoscientific” society. This unique program affords undergraduate students the opportunity to enrich their education with a rigorous curriculum that actively integrates multiple disciplines and promotes critical cross-disciplinary thinking. Upon graduating, STS students are ready to take leading roles in building bridges between disciplines and in shaping the application of science and technology to tomorrow’s society.

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