The primary goal of STSS, as a domain of scholarship, is to understand the jointly intellectual, material and social enterprises of science and technology in all their complexity. Nothing could be more urgent or more consequential at this juncture!

The interdisciplinary community of scholars engaged in STSS at UW share an inclusive vision of the field; they seek to understand how natural and social knowledge of the world is produced and authorized, how it evolves and is inflected by the contexts of its production and use, and what its normative implications are. They draw on the resources of a wide range of disciplines, including the cognate fields of history and philosophy of science, social and cultural studies of science and technology, and interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, and policy issues in the STEM fields.

The Certificate offers graduate students an opportunity to pursue a richly interdisciplinary program of STSS study. Its core faculty, drawn from across campus, jointly teach an introductory core course, provide Certificate students one-on-one advising, and oversee a portfolio capstone experience.

The STSS Graduate Certificate program welcomes its second cohort of students. We now have a total of 21 graduate students enrolled in the program from 13 departments, in 8 colleges. 23 faculty members participate in the STSS Network, from 12 departments across 2 campuses. This is truly an interdisciplinary endeavor!


The STSS Graduate Certificate program is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. To be considered, apply by May 1st, 2017.

• Curriculum Information (Admission requirements and guidelines)

• How to Apply


Visiting Speakers:

High-profile Science, Technology & Society speakers will be visiting UW this year. Mark your calendars!

UW STSS Community Events:

  • March for Science: The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. Saturday, April 22, 2017. For more information, click here.

  • UW Genomics Salon: Click here for the latest Genomics Salon events.

Support STSS at UW:

The Science Studies Network (SSNet) Gift Fund is dedicated to supporting the research and teaching missions of the UW Science Studies Network: sponsoring colloquia, visiting speakers, fellowships and working groups, and the STSS Certificate - especially student projects. Donations large and small are most welcome! To contribute, click here and search for "Friends of the Science Studies Network."