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Rensselaer Catalog 2007-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Science and Technology Studies Ph.D.


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The STS Department’s doctor of philosophy program trains professionals for stewardship of the complex technological society as researchers, teachers, planners, and advisers in academic, government, and private institutions.

The curriculum requires a total of 90 credit hours (up to 30 in dissertation) including 60 hours of study beyond the master’s degree. Required courses in the core are STSS 6200 Science Studies, STSS 6040 Technology Studies, STSS 6100 Policy Studies, STSS 6120 Advanced Research Methods, and a theory option. STSS 6030 Nature of Inquiry, STSS 6360 Advanced Contemporary Political Thought, and topics courses such as STSS 6961 Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, STSS 6962 Social Theory, and STSS 6963 Feminist and Postcolonial Theory, or other STS graduate courses approved by the graduate committee to meet the theory option. The graduate committee may also approve substitutions of other graduate courses for Advanced Research Methods, either inside or outside the STS Department. Remaining course work is drawn from three areas: policy studies, science studies, and technology studies. At least two additional 6000-level STS seminars (or independent reading courses of three or more students) must be included. The field examination covers two of these three areas.

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