The doctoral program in human and social dimensions of science and technology responds to growing demand for transdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences that can provide insights into the dynamic relationship between science, technology and society. Solutions to the problems of applying science and technology to human well-being can only be found by fully integrating research from across many social science and humanities disciplines.This program prepares students to teach and conduct research, using humanistic and social science methods, on the conceptual, historical, social and policy foundations of science and technology as well as their interactions with society.
This degree will expand the intellectual foundations needed to address the complex global development challenges of the 21st century. By providing coursework and real-world exposure to both the successes and failures of past models of development, the program provides opportunities for students to reimagine development policies and practices crucially needed for the world, which includes challenging the orthodoxies around technology and development. By maintaining significant academic rigor while offering an array of course choices, this program produces critical and independent thinkers who provide leadership for innovative solutions to development issues that meet the needs of the present while enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.