Master of Science in History and Sociology of Technology and Science

The School offers a program of graduate study in the history and sociology of technology and science at both the master's and doctoral levels. The two-year master's program consists of foundation courses in history, social theory, and research methods, as well as more specialized reading and research seminars. The program emphasizes the understanding of technology and science within a broad social and historical context. Students develop a strong general background in history and sociology, and acquire skills in research, social analysis, and writing. The basic curriculum of thirty credit hours consists of fifteen credit hours of required mandatory courses, plus fifteen credit hours of electives for those who do not wish to proceed to the PhD, or plus nine credit hours of electives and six credit hours of special problems (research paper) for those who wish to proceed to the PhD. The curriculum has been changed to establish two tracks, a History Track and a Sociology Track.

History Track – Curriculum

Required Courses
HTS 6001Proseminar in Social Theory3
HTS 6002Proseminar in the History of Technology3
Select one of the following:3
Social and Political History of the United States
Social and Political History of Europe
Social and Political History of the Nonwestern World
HTS 6743Science, Technology & Soceity: Core Seminar3
HTS 7001Foundations of Socio-historical Analysis3
Electives
Select five of the following:15
Social and Political History of the United States
Social and Political History of Europe
Social and Political History of the Nonwestern World
Business Organizations and Political Economy
Gender, Science, and Technology
Technology and Modern Culture
Studies in Science and Engineering
Development, Technology and Science
Topics in the History of Science
Sociology of Science and Technology
The Environment in World History
Urbanization
Sci Tech and the Economy
Race and Ethnicity
Inequality, Science and Technology
Science, Technology and Security
History of Medicine
Social and Cultural Studies of Biomedicine
Science and Technology Beyond Borders
Total Credit Hours30

Notes

  • Students who have taken either HTS 6101, HTS 6102, or HTS 6103 to satisfy their mandatory course requirements may take one or both of the other courses, if they are offered, as an elective.
  • As this is a multidisciplinary degree, students in the history track can take electives from the sociology track, with the agreement of their advisor.
  • Students who wish to proceed to the PhD must take at least one, and no more than two Special Topics courses (HTS 8XXX). This is a writing seminar that produces a research paper.

Sociology Track - Curriculum

Required Courses
HTS 6001Proseminar in Social Theory3
HTS 6002Proseminar in the History of Technology3
HTS 6743Science, Technology & Soceity: Core Seminar3
HTS 7001Foundations of Socio-historical Analysis3
HTS 6101Social and Political History of the United States3
Advanced Sociological Methods 13
Electives
Select five of the following:15
Social and Political History of Europe
Social and Political History of the Nonwestern World
Business Organizations and Political Economy
Gender, Science, and Technology
Technology and Modern Culture
Studies in Science and Engineering
Development, Technology and Science
Topics in the History of Science
Sociology of Science and Technology
The Environment in World History
Urbanization
Sci Tech and the Economy
Race and Ethnicity
Inequality, Science and Technology
Science, Technology and Security
History of Medicine
Social and Cultural Studies of Biomedicine
Science and Technology Beyond Borders
Total Credit Hours33
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This course is chosen from a wide variety of courses available in other programs on campus and at Georgia State University, in consultation with their advisor.

Notes

  • Students may be required to take a second course in Advanced Sociological Methods if required to do so by their advisor.
  • As this is a multidisciplinary degree students in the sociology track can take electives from the history track, with the agreement of their advisor.
  • Students who wish to proceed to the PhD must take at least one, and no more than two, Special Topics courses.