Science, Technology, and Society


Science, Technology, and Society
Admits Fall and Winter term. Contact department for deadlines and requirements. Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 01777; Academic Program: Science, Technology, and Society; Certificate


Director: John Carson (History)

Officers: Gabrielle Hecht, Director; Paul Edwards, Graduate Director;  John Carson, Undergrad Director; Elizabeth Roberts & Casey Pierce, Colloquium Coordinators

Steering Committee: Hecht (History), Howell (History/ Med School), Edwards (SI/ History), Pierce (SI), Parthasarathy (Public Policy), Carson (History), Lindtner (Information), Roberts (Anthro), Tasha Riljke-Epstein (grad student rep/Anthro-History)

Professors: Ackerman (SI/EECS), Barald (Biomed, Medicine), Douglas (Comm Stds), Edwards (SI/History), Hecht (History), Howell (History, Medicine, Health Mngmt & Policy), Hunt (History), Lindner (History), Markel ( Ctr Hist Med, Medicine, History), McCullough (Archit), Nakamura (AC/Screen Arts), Neuman (Comm Stds), Perfecto (SNRE), Pernick (History), Rabkin (English), Renne (Anthro/DAAS), Robertson (Anthro/Art History), Stein (DAAS/Pub Health),  Stern (AC/ObGyn/History), Vandermeer (EEB/SNRE)

Associate Professors: Anspach (Sociology, WS), Badgley (EEB), Brown (ALC), Carson (History), Fadlalla (Anthro/WS/DAAS), Gaggio (History), Glover (History), Hagen (NES), Hirschbein (Med School/Psych), Hull (Anthro), Kirkland (WS), Kirsch (Anthro), Lagoze (SI), Northrop (History), Owen-Smith (Soc/Org Stds), Parrish (English), Parthasarathy( Ford Sch), Roberts (Anthro), Sandvig (Comm Stds/SI)

Assistant Professors: Best (Sociology), Bowman (Pub Hlth), Bricker (Educ), Hussain (Info), Knoblauch (Archit), Lindtner (Info), Pierce (Info), Plantin (Info), Rohde (Pub Pol), Selberg (Info), Selcer (History), van Anders (Psych/WS), Whitney (German)

Lecturer: Peters-Golden (Anthro), Haniff (DAAS/WS)

Degree Programs

Certificate of Graduate Studies

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Certificate Programs section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

The program in Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Michigan solicits applications from students wishing to pursue a specialization in STS, the history or anthropology of medicine, or related fields, in conjunction with their graduate degree program. STS offers a wide range of perspectives on the reciprocal roles of science, technology, and medicine in shaping societies, cultures, and politics. Geographical strengths include Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Western Europe. Specific focus might include:

  • Colonial, transnational, and global dynamics in the practice of technology, science, and medicine
  • Historical and anthropological perspectives on bodies, health, genetics, and environment
  • Politics and culture of information systems
  • Life sciences and their social implications
  • Cultural meanings of science, technology, and medicine

The STS Graduate Certificate Program is offered in conjunction with disciplinary Ph.D. and professional master's programs to balance disciplinary training with interdisciplinary research.  It is designed for students already enrolled in a graduate degree programs at the University of Michigan (including LS&A departments and most professional schools).  Those who would like to do the certificate program must first apply to a master's or Ph.D.-granting department or school for admission.

The 12-credit certificate program helps students to:

  • Understand the social dynamics of science, technology, and medicine
  • Explore these dynamics across world societies and cultures
  • Develop sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and class in science, technology, and medicine
  • Employ STS approaches as scholars or practitioners (e.g., engineers or scientists)

Course of Study (12 credit hours)

  • The core STS Graduate Seminar, History 619/SI719/Rackham 619 (Knowledge/Power/Practice in Science, Technology, and Medicine), is required. Offered nearly every year. 3 credits.
  • Two electives chosen from the list of pre-approved STS Certificate courses. Substitution of courses not on the list requires approval of the Graduate Committee. (Credit varies; must total at least 6.)
  • Three semesters of attendance at the STeMS Faculty/Graduate Colloqium Series. Students attend biweekly seminars and meet as a group once or twice during the semester. 3 credits (1 credit per semester; currently offered as Rackham 571).

Courses must be taken in at least two different departments or schools (which may include the student’s home department or school). Up to six of the twelve credit hours may include courses that are required for the student’s graduate or professional degree. The STS Graduate Committee, in consultation with its Science Advisory Committee, may require additional coursework or other preparation.

Admission: Any student admitted to, or currently enrolled in, a U-M graduate program is eligible to apply for an STS Graduate Certificate. Applicants need at least a B average in their graduate or, for entering students, undergraduate coursework. Applications are due by April 15 and October 1 for admission in the following semester.

To apply, submit an application form along with the required supporting documents: a letter of interest, most recent transcript, and one letter of reference.

Specific Course Requirements: Certificate students will be advised by the STS graduate director. Students are encouraged to meet with the graduate director at least once per term to assess progress towards the certificate.


University of Michigan

1029 Tisch Hall
435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Phone: (734) 763-2066
Fax: (734) 647-4881