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UMass Amherst is home to the National Center for Digital Government, the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, the first social science Open Source Computing Laboratory, and several other IT-based projects. These STS-associated programs and centers, combined with the University's successful Learning Commons, recognition as a Microsoft Spotlight Campus, active Linux User Group, and nationally recognized IT Minor Program, anchor STS's focus on the societal implications of information and communication technologies and situate UMass Amherst to take a strong lead in research on new technologies.

Graduate and undergraduate students at UMass who would like to specialize in or better understand the societal effects of new information and communication technologies have many courses to choose from each semester. Review the list below and check spire to see when the course you are interested in is offered. Students are also encouraged to contact STS as there are often research projects and assistantships, working groups, and seminars that would also be of interest.

Graduate level courses

  • Intro to GIS, NRC  592G, Charles Schweik
  • Communication Policy, PUBP&ADM  697CC, Martha Fuentes-Bautista
  • Information Technology in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors, PUBP&ADM  631, Charles Schweik
  • Technology, Power & Governance, POLISCI  391T/POLISCI 691T, Jane Fountain
  • Social Inequities, Technology and Public Policy, PUBP&ADM  697Z, Martha Fuentes-Bautista
  • Information Management In New Econ, SCH-MGMT  632
  • S-Technology & Society, COMM 791Q
Undergraduate level courses
  • No Place to Hide: Law & Politics of Information/DATA, LEGAL  391C, Alan Gaitenby
  • Introduction to Spatial Technologies, NRC 297S, Charlie Schweik (on SPARK)
  • ST-Convergent Media for Social and Political Mobilization, COMM 397AB
  • Convergent Media for Social and Political Mobilization, COMM  397AB, Martha Fuentes-Bautista
  • New Media Technologies & Social Change, COMM  397M, Martha Fuentes-Bautista
  • ST-Comparative Telecommunication and New Media Systems, COMM 397E
  • Information Technology Social and Historical Perspectives, COMM 397X
  • ST-Advanced Issues in Information Technologies and Society, COMM 497T
  • Problem Solving w/Internet, CMPSCI 120
  • Soc Iss In Computing, CMPSCI  305
  • ST-Conflict Cyberspace: Online Dispute Resolution, LEGAL 491O
  • Law and the World Wide Web, LEGAL 491S, Ethan Katsh


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