Science Studies Specialization at CEU

The Science Studies specialization at CEU allows MA and PhD students to obtain an advanced certificate to supplement their existing degree programs. The specialization is now registered with the New York State Education Department as part of CEU's formal accreditation.

MA students

Whether enrolled in 1YR or 2YR programs, MA students in participating departments and units are expected to design an interdisciplinary curriculum in Science Studies that simultaneously demonstrates appropriate integration with their respective degree programs. With primary disciplinary pillars in history, philosophy, and sociology, Science Studies requires students to consult with participating faculty in weaving together these and other disciplinary insights into the empirical study of science, technology, and medicine in their broader social, political, and economic settings.

Requirements

To receive a Science Studies certificate upon completion of the MA degree program, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. Admission to a participating CEU Department.

2. Course credits

1YR MA students must take the two mandatory core courses (2+2 credits), and further obtain at least 4 elective credits from the approved list of Science Studies courses.

2YR MA students must take the two mandatory core courses (2+2 credits), preferably both in the first year, and further obtain at least 8 elective credits over two years from the approved list of Science Studies courses.

3. Science Studies students must write their thesis on a related topic. Either the student's advisor or second reader should be a participating Science Studies faculty member.

4. Participation in lectures, special seminars, and workshops organized by the Science Studies specialization. Attendance and participation will be considered a part of the student's overall performance.

PhD students

PhD students may also receive a certificate in Science Studies alongside their departmental doctorate.

Requirements

1. Meet all department requirements for their degree.

2. Successfully defend a doctoral thesis on a topic related to Science Studies.

3. Be supervised (first or second supervisor) by an affiliated Science Studies faculty member.

4. Pass one PhD-level Science Studies colloquium (2 credits).

5. Hold a Teaching Assistant position for one Science Studies course during their PhD program.

6. Participate in events organized by the Science Studies specialization.

While students are encouraged to join the Science Studies track during their first year of study, it is possible to join in the second year as well, provided the above requirements are still met.

Coordinating Faculty

Karl Hall (History)
Christophe Heintz (Cognitive Science)
Maria Kronfeldner (Philosophy)
Emese Lafferton (History)
Hadley Z. Renkin (Gender Studies)