One of the first universities to offer both graduate and undergraduate degrees in STS, Rensselaer now has 16 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Most faculty and student research aims to clarify humanity's technosocial problems and prospects. We welcome a diversity of methods, from ethnographic fieldwork and participant observation to historical archival research, structured interviews, deductive logic, computer simulation, and just plain sensible essays on important topics. Current graduate students' dissertations include safe sanitation for the urban poor, computer gaming and other emerging technologies, postcolonial technoscience, sustainable rural development, science ethics, democratic science policy, technological impacts on communication and knowledge production, technoscience-enabled migrations, weaponry, and biomedicine.
Rensselaer is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by a number of professional and academic societies.