The Graduate Certificate Program will be accepting applications in Winter 2014. See Admissions instructions below. **Submission deadline April 4, 2014.**
The Graduate Certificate Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is designed for students already enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Michigan. It can be combined with a master’s or a doctoral degree to achieve specialization in Science and Technology Studies, the history and anthropology of medicine, and related fields. We welcome applications from any UM graduate students in good standing, whether from LS&A departments or any of the professional schools.
The certificate requires 12 credit hours of course work that will prepare students to:
- Understand the reciprocal role of science, technology, and medicine in shaping modern societies, especially with regard to social, political, and ethical choices.
- Explore how these dynamics differ among the world’s societies, including pre-modern and non-Western cultures.
- Develop sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and class in science, technology, and medicine.
- Use STS approaches to further their professional and intellectual development as practitioners (e.g., engineers or scientists) and/or academics.
Those wishing to pursue the certificate program from outside the University of Michigan must first apply to a masters or PhD-granting department or school for admission. We particularly encourage application to the departments of History, American Culture, Anthropology, English, and Sociology, and to the School of Information and School of Public Health.
STS Supports a Vibrant Interdisciplinary Community
In addition to its academic breadth, STS offers many opportunities to participate in:
- Reading Groups
- Manuscript Workshops
- Professionalization Activities
- Collaboration on the STS Speakers' Series
Course of Study
- The core STS Graduate Seminar, History 619 / SI 719 Knowledge/Power/Practice in Science, Technology, and Medicine, is required. Offered nearly every year (next: Winter 2014). 3 credits.
- Two electives chosen from the list of pre-approved STS Certificate courses. Substitution of courses not on the list requires approval of the Graduate Committee. (Credit varies; must total at least 6).
- Three semesters of attendance at the STeMS Faculty/Graduate Colloqium Series. Students attend biweekly seminars and meet as a group once or twice during the semester. 3 credits (1 credit per semester; enroll in Rackham 571).
Courses must be taken in at least two different departments or schools (which may include the student’s home department or school). Up to six of the twelve credit hours may include courses that are required for the student’s graduate or professional degree. The STS Graduate Committee, in consultation with its Science Advisory Committee, may require additional coursework or other preparation.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexandra Stern, Department of American Culture).
Conference Travel Funds
The STS Program is pleased to announce the availability of small grants for STS graduate certificate students and students intending to apply to the STS certificate program in winter 2014. Students in good standing can apply for up to $500 to attend a STS-related conference where they will present on a panel, roundtable, or poster session. To apply fill out the attached application form before the conference and send to the STS graduate director at email@example.com (Alexandra Minna Stern). Applications must be received before the conference or meeting; there is no retroactive funding. We accept these applications on a rolling basis, and anticipate awarding 2-3 in the fall semester and 2-3 in the winter semester.