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Creating and understanding innovative and inclusive futures require diverse perspectives, methods and expertise. This intellectually rigorous program with problem-oriented research prepares you to shape the debate, deliberation and innovation of public value.
This program prepares students to teach and conduct research using humanistic and social science methods on the social, historical, philosophical and policy foundations of science and technology as well as their current and future interactions with society.
The PhD program in human and social dimensions of science and technology responds to growing demand for transdisciplinary research in the humanities, information sciences and social sciences that can provide insights into the dynamic relationship between science, technology and society.
The program is flexible, combining a strong, integrated, first-year experience with substantial freedom for students who, in conjunction with their advisors, design carefully crafted plans of study relevant to their own areas of specialization and expertise. Unique among programs of this kind in the nation, students also learn to communicate and work with scientists, engineers, policymakers, business and community officials, or the public in conducting and applying research.
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.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. In order to meet English proficiency students must have an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5 with no band below 6.0, or Pearson Test of English score of at least 60, or a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT). ASU's institutional code is 4007. ASU only accepts electronic copies of the TOEFL score report.
Preference is given to students with demonstrated interest and competence in relevant areas of intellectual work.
The personal statement should be one or two single-spaced pages. It must be a statement of proposed research that clearly explains why the student feels ASU is the appropriate place to pursue their doctorate, identifies one or more faculty members whose interests or work are relevant to the student's proposed research, and describes the goals for pursuing the degree.
The writing sample should be a 10- to 25-page sample of academic writing, such as a course paper, an undergraduate thesis, or an excerpt from a master's thesis.
Students should see the program website for application deadlines.