A program for making important connections

Science, Technology and Society is an interdisciplinary minor program that offers courses and sponsors campus events relating to the interaction between science and society.

Through innovative courses such as "Population" and "The History of Medicine," students encounter cross-disciplinary issues of great import. Several of our upper-level courses are unique to Franklin & Marshall and would not generally be available at a liberal arts college.

With three distinct minors — History and Philosophy of Science, Science and Society, and Medicine in Society— STS enables students to design programs of study tailored to their particular interests with the help of the program chair and members of the faculty.

Each minor program is designed to culminate in an upper-level seminar or independent study involving original research. In close collaboration with faculty researchers, minors have pursued research on subjects ranging from the history of physiology and cell biology and reductionism in the life sciences to the political and geological considerations involved in siting several nuclear power plants and the Yucca Mt. radioactive waste repository in Nevada.

The program regularly sponsors visiting speakers, including the annual Darwin Day Lecture, which has been given by a string of very distinguished, and entertaining, scholars.