Society, Technology, & Policy

With technological changes taking place rapidly in policy areas such as environment, energy, space, communications, education, and defense, today’s policy makers and analysts must be technically savvy and familiar with tools for social science analysis. Students focus on these key areas, with the goal of becoming knowledgeable professionals who are qualified to take on the challenges that stem from the merging of technology and society. As part of the program, students major in social science and complete the equivalent of a minor in a science or engineering discipline of their choice. As graduates, they join the administrative or research staffs of businesses, government departments and agencies, and more—or they go on to pursue graduate degrees.

Sample Companies who have hired WPI Society, Technology, & Policy Graduates

Consulting Engineering Services
U.S. DOT
UTC Pratt & Whitney

Sample Graduate Schools

MIT
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Average Starting Salary: 
$66,237 (2014)
Sample Job Titles: 
Solution Developer 1
Research Associate
OSTA Fellow
Sample Major Qualifying Projects: 
Patterns of and Policy Solutions for the Digital Divide
A Language for Feature-Oriented Security Policies using SMT
Automatic Vehicle Recharging Station (AVRS)
An Analysis of Urban Sustainability in Melbourne, Australia
Design for Improvement of Firefighter Helmet

Program Tracking Sheets

The Program Tracking Sheets help WPI students to plan and track progress toward their degree. Academic Advising has created tracking sheets for each major and graduation year.

Career Outcomes & Salary Data

The Career Development Center (CDC) has compiled a list of resources to help you learn about salary expectations and companies that have hired recent graduates, including the Post-Graduation Report for WPI's most recent graduating class.

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