Science Studies Cluster Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Students admitted through the cluster initiative take three courses, ordinarily one in each of the three areas listed below, during their first two years of study. But it is important to emphasize that all students work with their departmental advisors and the SHC director to map out a plan of study that best suits their intellectual interests. The three main areas of study are:

  • Historical study of science, medicine, and technology, encompassing a variety of courses in fields such as Art History, History, Economics, and the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences.
  • Social study of science, medicine, technology, encompassing a variety of courses in fields such as Anthropology, Communication Studies, Human Development and Social Policy, and Sociology.
  • Study of the symbolic dimensions and representational practices of science, medicine, and technology, encompassing a variety of courses in fields such as Art History, Communication Studies, English, German, and Radio/Television/Film.

In addition, students admitted to the cluster are expected to attend the Klopsteg lecture series; the doctoral colloquium; and the quarterly reading group sponsored by SHC, which bring together faculty and students.