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 hours consists of fifteen hours of required mandatory courses, plus fifteen hours of electives for those who do not wish to proceed to the PhD, or plus nine hours of electives and six 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. The specific changes to the curriculum are outlined below:

History Track – Curriculum

Mandatory Courses

  1. HTS 6001 Social Theory
  2. HTS 6002 History of Technology
  3. HTS 6101/6102/6103 Social and Political History of the U.S./ Europe/non-Western World
  4. HTS 6743-STS Core Seminar
  5. HTS 7001 Foundations of Socio-Historical Analysis

Electives

  1. HTS 6101 Social and Political History of the United States
  2. HTS 6102 Social and Political History of Europe
  3. HTS 6103 Social and Political History of the Nonwestern World
  4. HTS 6106 Business Organizations and Political Economy
  5. HTS 6110 Gender, Science, and Technology
  6. HTS 6111 Technology and Modern Culture
  7. HTS 6112 Studies in Science and Engineering
  8. HTS 6113 Development, Science, and Technology
  9. HTS 6114 Topics in the History of Science
  10. HTS 6115 Sociology of Science and Technology
  11. HTS 6116 The Environment and World History
  12. HTS 6117 Urbanization
  13. HTS 6118 Science, Technology, and the Economy
  14. HTS 6119 Race and Ethnicity
  15. HTS 6120 Inequality, Science, and Technology
  16. HTS 6121 Science,Technology,and Security
  17. HTS 6122 Topics in the History of Medicine
  18. HTS 6123 Social and Cultural Studies of Biomedicine
  19. HTS 6124 Science and Technology Beyond Borders

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. As this is a multidisciplinary degree, students in the history track can take electives from the sociology track, with the agreement of their advisor.
  3. 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

Mandatory Courses

  1. HTS 6001 Social Theory
  2. HTS 6002 History of Technology
  3. HTS 6743 STS Core Seminar
  4. HTS 7001 Foundations of Socio-Historical Analysis
  5. Advanced Sociological Methods
    1. 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.

Electives

  1. HTS 6101 Social and Political History of the United States
  2. HTS 6102 Social and Political History of Europe
  3. HTS 6103 Social and Political History of the Nonwestern World
  4. HTS 6106 Business Organizations and Political Economy
  5. HTS 6110 Gender, Science, and Technology
  6. HTS 6111 Technology and Modern Culture
  7. HTS 6112 Studies in Science and Engineering
  8. HTS 6113 Development, Science, and Technology
  9. HTS 6114 Topics in the History of Science
  10. HTS 6115 Sociology of Science and Technology
  11. HTS 6116 The Environment and World History
  12. HTS 6117 Urbanization
  13. HTS 6118 Science, Technology, and the Economy
  14. HTS 6119 Race and Ethnicity
  15. HTS 6120 Inequality, Science, and Technology
  16. HTS 6121 Science,Technology,and Security
  17. HTS 6122 Topics in the History of Medicine
  18. HTS 6123 Social and Cultural Studies of Biomedicine
  19. HTS 6124 Science and Technology Beyond Borders

Notes

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