Specialization in Science Studies

Science Studies examines the relations between scientific and technical forms of knowledge and the social, philosophical, and historical contexts that make these specialized practices both possible for experts and meaningful for their many audiences. It draws deeply upon a variety of disciplinary resources in its attempts to understand both producers and consumers of Science: history, philosophy, and sociology foremost, but also borrowing tools from anthropology, art history, visual studies, cultural studies, gender studies, law, literature, medicine, and computer science. Interdisciplinary of necessity, Science Studies reflexively seeks more effective combinations of interpretive inquiry and rational analysis that not only link disparate forms of scientific investigation, but also make sense of their impacts in industry, government, and daily life. Further, the specialization aims to provide a specific professional framework for the participating students and faculty, by linking the program to transnational networks, generating faculty interaction, research and co-teaching.

Several departments at CEU participate in the Science Studies specialization: History, Philosophy, Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, and Cognitive Science. Students in these departments may opt to receive a certificate from the Science Studies specialization as part of their MA studies.


Program Structure

Both the one-year and two-year Specializations for Philosophy MA students are based on the structure of the corresponding Philosophy MA programs, with the following modifications:

One-year MA students 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.

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

Students write their thesis on a topic related to science studies. Either the student’s supervisor or second reader should be a participating Science Studies faculty member.

Students participate in lectures, special seminars, and workshops organized by the Science Studies specialization. Attendance and participation are considered a part of the student's overall performance.


For more information, please contact the CEU Department of Philosophy Coordinator, Kriszta Biber, at BiberK@ceu.edu, or Prof Karl Hall from the Department of History, at HallK@ceu.edu