The BS in Society, Technology & Policy program at WPI puts you on the cutting edge of global issues where society and technology merge. On small project-based teams, you’ll dive into critical current issues like cyber security and hackers, policies affecting global health, or environmental regulations around waterways. And you’ll learn how to interpret and communicate the complex technical details for the people who form contemporary policy decisions—a sought-after skill in today’s job market.

Many students choose a Society, Technology & Policy degree as a double major option to complement one of our scientific or engineering majors. We offer the big-picture view to make you a well-rounded engineer or scientist who might concentrate in areas like law, policy, or history and culture. Our distinct learning culture offers the specialized combination of WPI’s technical and scientific resources, the latest research tools, and expert and engaged faculty to investigate and explain how social science and technology issues impact everything from environmental regulation to internet policy.

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Curriculum

The Society, Technology & Policy major’s course work is broad so you’re technically literate and able to translate complex scientific, policy, and regulatory information to any audience. You’ll take math, science, history, and social science courses, and then focus on a scientific specialty area dedicated to your own interests.

You’ll work closely with our world-class faculty to determine the best courses for a stand-alone major or to complement another major. You’ll learn how to synthesize social policy with technical materials, so you’ll be literate in things like how policy can help improve cybersecurity, how governments deal with global health challenges, or how policies related to environmental issues can have far-reaching impacts.

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

Project-based learning is at the core of the WPI undergraduate education. Throughout your years here, you’ll work in small project-based teams where you’ll apply your classroom knowledge and find new ways to solve problems in real-world settings.  You'll have opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty in labs, and do project work at one of our many locations across the globe.

The Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Students in the Society, Technology & Policy major might examine the following:

  • Cybersecurity issues
  • Urban design and greenspace development
  • Wearable technologies and robotics
  • Social attitudes toward artificial intelligence
  • How food production policies impact global health and economics
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Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Whether you want to try out the latest intramural craze, polish your Lego skills, or delve more into your major in your free time, you can do that on WPI’s student-centered campus. Join the Cyber Security Club, try out the Robotics Club, or get involved with the Model UN Team.

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After Graduation