Creating and Sustaining Science, Technology, and Society Programs

Document Type



Sociology (Pitzer)

Publication Date

Summer 1988


science, technology, society, Claremont Colleges, interdisciplinary


The entrance of an abbreviation into our everyday vocabulary often signifies the crystalization of a new idea. A few years ago, academics would have reacted with blank stares when presented with the initials STS. Today, STS is readily understood to stand for the many programs in Science, Technology, and Society that have found homes in academia. Although it has yet to achieve the status of long-established disciplines, STS is widely accepted as a legitimate focus for teaching and research. Yet as with all new programs, especially interdisciplinary ones, many faculty who are involved with STS programs are struggling to find intellectual focus, to recruit faculty and student participants, and to secure claims on the resources needed for these programs to flourish. The process has differed in every institution that has housed an STS program, and few categoric statements can be made. Even so, the experiences of The Claremont Colleges might provide some insights useful to those who are involved in STS programs

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© 1988 Epsilon Pi Tau, Inc.