"As an undergraduate of Honours BSc, I loved taking STS courses at York…[they] made me realize not only the importance of scientific literacy in our lives today, but also understand how society influences scientific and technological discourse. I enjoyed learning in an environment where class and group discussions about the historical, social and political aspects of science and technology were encouraged by professors who were passionate about teaching their respective topics. STS courses enhanced my perspective of what it truly means to be a scientifically literate individual."
"The Science and Technology Studies program taught me scientific theory while also demonstrating how science and technology shape the world around us. The program engages students in a small class room setting to promote critical thinking on a broad spectrum of topics, providing students flexibility to pursue their interests within science and technology…The program enhanced my ability to understand interdisciplinary perspectives and consider differing views while working in Investment Banking and during my post-graduate studies."
"I’ve had the unique privilege of completing both an Engineering and Science and Technology Studies degree at the same time. At the beginning of my STS degree, I was first under the assumption that the scientific community could show traces of things like social and political influence. After being involved in engineering for the past several years I now realize that these same social and political influences help produce the foundation of all science and research….The intricate relationship between both Science and Technology Studies and Engineering has helped me to fully study the scientific world in its entirety. I will tell anyone, whether they are devoted or just slightly interested, that science is never just science."
"… STS classes helped me to better understand the importance of science and technology in the histories of Canada and the world. STS classes also helped me to understand my favourite scientists, like Newton or Rosalind Franklin, as people with needs and lives outside of the legends. STS classes were also key to establishing my career in health informatics by teaching me the importance of navigating social and political contexts in establishing new technologies. I would wholeheartedly suggest science students take STS classes for a more comprehensive education, particularly if you intend to have a career in science with social or policy impact."
"The STS program was exactly what I wanted out of my undergraduate experience. I loved that the program had something for everyone. I had the opportunity to speak with colleagues who wanted to become teachers, doctors, lawyers, politicians and more. STS is a program that challenged my opinions and made me think creatively about science and society. I was able to learn and re-learn science through the perspectives of history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, gender studies, media and politics. There are few programs that will allow you to become a critical thinker in all of these disciplines. As someone who is interested in the education field, STS allowed me to develop a better understanding on the complexities of society and how to incorporate that knowledge into my classroom."
"I have found that most people I speak with have no idea that the field exists….It is a useful tool to have in teaching STEM, [particularly] the ways of thinking about science and understanding scientific discovery. I think back to the STS course I took in my undergraduate degree and there is a lot of content that I include during the first few weeks of [teaching grades 7 and 8]….I do think that there should be STS courses taught in high school. It would open up an appreciation of science to people who are not keen on focusing on a specific field, but would keep them engaged in STEM…When I applied at York, I did not know the field existed…when I applied I actually thought I was applying for a completely different degree. I had just left the field of computer animation and thought that the degree was similar to a practical application of science and technology. However, once I started taking the courses I knew I was in the right spot."
"Debates. Discussion. Wiki blogging. These are not the stereotypical elements of an undergraduate science class. Yet, these are just some of the methods that predominant the most dynamic course fields at York University. As a former biology major at York University, I understand that there is a certain elusiveness that precedes Science and Technology (STS) courses. Too often in our core courses, we are given facts to learn about. However, we often fail to understand the who and what behind the content. Who has come up with the ideas and theories that we learn about? What societal factors have caused to prevail over the course of several years? The STS courses at York university are designed to address the concerns that address the heart of science. Through a variety of learning methods, students can understand about the dynamic field of life sciences. In turn, inquiring minds can get a fuller scope of the economic, financial, and anthropological factors that influence the societal impact of scientific innovations…As a current medical student, I can attest to the improvements that STS has made in my academic career as a communicator. Often, I am called upon to advocate on behalf of patients, collaborate with my fellow colleagues, and work alongside other physicians to come up with treatment plans. The skills I have acquired on STS courses have enabled me to be more organized within my own speaking points during these crucial times…Whether the material at hand involves genetics, molecular biology, entrepreneurship, or the emergence of biology as a core science, STS courses will provide students with a broad perspective in order to analyze the past and current issues that pervade biology's interaction with society. Not only do I find it a "must experience" for every biology student at York, but I highly recommend it to people in other majors in order to get a wider perspective on how we can more effectively respond to scientific changes and advancements within our society."