Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, PhD

This program prepares students to teach and conduct research, using humanistic and social science methods, on the conceptual, historical, social and policy foundations of science and technology as well as their interactions with society.

The doctoral program in human and social dimensions of science and technology responds to growing demand for transdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences that can provide insights into the dynamic relationship between science, technology and society. Solutions to the problems of applying science and technology to human well-being can only be found by fully integrating research from across many social science and humanities disciplines.

The program is flexible, combining a strong, integrated, first-year experience with substantial freedom for students, in conjunction with their advisors, to design carefully crafted plans of study relevant to their own areas of specialization and expertise. Unique among programs of this kind nationally, students will also learn to communicate and work with scientists, engineers, policymakers, business and community officials, or the public in conducting and applying research.

Degree offered

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, PhD
Future of Innovation in Society, School for the


Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Welcome to HSD

Meet our students

Portrait of HSD PhD student Monamie

Monamie Bhadra was awarded an American Institute for Indian Studies research fellowship to study the Indian government’s decision after Fukushima to continue its plans to build 60+ new nuclear power plants—and the public protests it has stirred across the country.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit an online graduate admission application.

Preference is given to students with demonstrated interest and competence in relevant areas of intellectual work. All students must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or university of recognized standing at the time of admission and have a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work.

Please see the program website for application deadlines.

To apply to the program, applicants are required to submit:

  1. an online ASU graduate admission application
  2. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  3. the HSD academic record form
  4. a curriculum vitae or resume
  5. a statement of proposed research program that clearly identifies why the student feels ASU is the appropriate place to pursue their doctorate and identifies one or more faculty members whose interests or work are relevant to the student's proposed research
  6. a writing sample
  7. general GRE scores
  8. three academic letters of recommendation
  9. proof of English language proficiency*

*An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency (regardless of current residency) with one of the following:

  • IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5 with no band below 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 60
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 paper-based or 100 Internet-based

Regular admission may be granted to applicants who meet the Division of Graduate College admission requirements.

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Division of Graduate College and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.