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Science Studies PhD Program

Ridge Walk Academic Complex, Arts and Humanities Building, Room 655

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The Science Studies Program at UC San Diego is an interdisciplinary PhD program committed to working toward a deeper understanding of scientific knowledge and technological change, past and present. The program offers students an opportunity to integrate the perspectives developed in communication studies and the anthropology, history, sociology, and philosophy of science, while receiving a thorough training at a professional level in one of the component disciplines. Students enrolled in the program choose one of the five disciplines for their major field of specialist studies and are required to complete minor field requirements in the others. Students are also required to take the Introduction to Science Studies, Advanced Approaches to Science Studies, and two interdisciplinary, topical “core” seminars, and to attend the program colloquium. Science studies students are encouraged to select dissertation topics that offer scope for a cross-disciplinary approach. The PhD will be awarded in communication (science studies), history (science studies), sociology (science studies), philosophy (science studies), or anthropology (science studies). In special circumstances, students may be permitted to work for the MA.