Rensselaer offers a unique program, in cooperation with Albany Law School, Columbia University Law School, and Brooklyn Law School, leading to a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society and Juris Doctor (J.D.) in six years rather than the usual seven. Students complete the first three years of the program at Rensselaer and the B.S. is conferred following the first year of coursework as part of the J.D.
Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is a multidisciplinary social science and humanities degree devoted to critical inquiry about the mutual shaping of science, technology, and society. In the program, students investigate developments in areas such as biology and medicine, information technology, and engineering, while examining how people live, think, and solve problems in different regions of the world. The program prepares graduates for careers in public policy, management, and the nonprofit research and advocacy sector as well as graduate study in a range of fields, including law and medicine.
Admission to this program is restricted. For Albany Law School, most students are admitted as incoming first-year students. Selected applicants must meet the admission requirements of Albany Law School of Union University. Thus, a prospective STS-law student may be able to assure admission to law school prior to beginning an undergraduate career at Rensselaer. Transfer from other Rensselaer curricula to this program is limited to students who have demonstrated academic excellence.
An accelerated degree in science, technology, and society prepares students for law school and careers in law as an attorney, entrepreneur, public policy, consulting firms, government agencies, and the non-profit and advocacy sector.
Graduate studies beyond students’ J.D. are also an option.