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Science, Technology and Society (STS)

Farmingdale State College’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Science, Technology and Society (STS), formerly known as Technologies Studies, is a dynamic interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore the connections between science, technology, and society. With a cutting-edge focus on globalization, scientific advancement, and technological innovation, Science, Technology and Society represents the epitome of the applied social science program of the 21st century. The STS program addresses the employment needs of the greater Long Island region and the diverse academic interests of its majors by providing students with an interdisciplinary program of study that incorporates the practical uses of technological knowledge, scientific inquiry, the application of theory to complex problems, and an integrated approach to the learning process.

Our students examine the real-world effects of globalization, exploring the historical, political, economic, and sociological impact of worldwide industrialization, cross-border technology transfer, transnational economic interdependence, global environmental issues, the spread of information and communication technologies, and other important facets of the current process of globalization. In addition to hands-on training in the technology-related fields, STS majors also develop a strong background in the ways in which scientific, technological, and industrial development have influenced and continue to shape history, society, culture, and commerce on the local, national, and international levels.

The Science, Technology and Society Department is located in Memorial Hall, Room 115 (631-420-2220).

You may contact the secretary by email at Feel free to contact the department for an appointment or to speak with an advisor.

Dr. Robert A. Saunders, Chairperson
Dr. Beverly Kahn, Academic Advisement and Information Center Liaison
Dr. Stephen Patnode, Advisor
Dr. Victor Huang, Advisor
Dr. Michael De Castro, Advisor
Dr. Dandan Chen, Advisor
Dr. Jack Simonson, Advisor
Dr. Bryan Field, Advisor
Ms. Tamara Sooknauth, Secretary

Advisement for the Fall 2014 term will done by appointment ONLY from March 17 - May 8. Note: All advising is done in the STS Offices (Memorial Hall, Rooms 113-116). Available appointment times are as follows:

Monday - 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday - noon - 2:00PM
Wednesday - 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Thursday - 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Friday - no appointments

Make an appointment with an STS Advisor

Students who are not in their final year of study may alternatively choose to schedule an appointment with the Academic Advisement and Information Center (AAIC). Note: All advising appointments during the SUMMER are conducted by the AAIC.


STS 200: Information Literacy in the Digital Era (Prof. Tanya Maurer)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to research methods in the age of new media, focusing on the effective location and use of digital resources, including electronic databases, Web-based materials, e-books, etc. Course lectures will focus on the historical evolution of information-sharing tools and current controversies in authorship and research in the digital age, including the debate on plagiarism, issues associated with intellectual property, and questions about the authenticity of data.


STS 300: Special Topics in STS - The Politics of Space/Technologies of Control (Dr. Joel Vessels, July 7 - August 6, 2013)

[Note: This course satisfies the upper-level STS Elective requirement for the major.] Since before the time of the mature city-states of ancient Mesopotamia and the building of ziggurats, the management of space – both public and private – has equaled social control.  The attendant technologies of that control have only grown and become more nuanced in the intervening eras.  In the modern age, the control of space has developed to include not only the physical manipulation of populations and places by way of material barriers but also the strictures of enforced routine and ideology. While taking stock of earlier historical ages, this course focuses primarily on the emergence of the socio-spatial technologies of the modern nation-state in the West from the Enlightenment forward in the creation of a new political animal – the citizen.