Program in Science, Technology and Society

Graduate Certificate Program

The graduate certificate program enables graduate students already enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Brown to develop methodological and theoretical expertise and credentials in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies while fulfilling the graduate requirements of their degree-granting department.

The graduate certificate program gives students the opportunity for advanced training in the field; provides them with specialized professional training in Science, Technology and Society; and fosters a community of scholars dedicated to the study of the intersections of science and society and other related methodologies, such as critical race studies, cultural studies, legal theory, psychoanalytic theory, as well as more traditional disciplinary methods.

Certificate Requirements

The requirements for the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Certificate Program include coursework and the presentation of a paper in our Graduate Student Colloquium.

  1. Courses (3 total)
    Courses must be completed with at least a grade of B in each course and include:
    • Core Course in STS: Students may meet this requirement through participation in a graduate section of STS 1000 “Introduction to Science Studies” or with an STS approved graduate seminar, like HIST 2981F “The Politics of Knowledge.”
    • Two additional courses with significant STS content, selected in consultation with the Director of STS. At least one of these should come from outside the student's home department.
  2. STS Workshop
    At least two years of regular attendance and participation in an STS Workshop, which meets about once a month, to discuss works in progress, practice conference or job talks, grant proposals, a published book or related series of journal articles. Note: the STS Workshop is open to any interested students who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Brown, regardless of whether they are pursuing the certificate.
  3. Research presentation
    Presentation of a final project—an STS related dissertation chapter, conference presentation or other article-length paper—at the STS Workshop.
  4. STS course design
    Developing a sample syllabus for an STS themed course, which may be included in applications for positions.