Interdepartmental Specializations

In addition to the course work and offerings of the Department of Gender Studies, there are two Specializations open to Gender students. In these Specializations students earn certificates in addition to their degree diploma. Moreover, the specialization makes it easier for students to take relevant courses offered by other CEU departments. Prospective students who wish to participate in a specialization should indicate their interest in their application to the Department of History and the Department of Gender Studies. However, even after students have already enrolled in a Gender program, it is still possible to register for a specialization. For further details on the specializations, please consult the links provided below.


Science Studies examines the relations between scientific and technical forms of knowledge and the social, philosophical, and historical contexts that make these specialized practices both possible for experts and meaningful for their many audiences. It draws deeply upon a variety of disciplinary resources in its attempts to understand both producers and consumers of Science: history, philosophy, and sociology foremost, but also borrowing tools from anthropology, art history, visual studies, cultural studies, gender studies, law, literature, medicine, and computer science. Interdisciplinary by necessity, Science Studies reflexively seeks more effective combinations of interpretive inquiry and rational analysis that not only link disparate forms of scientific investigation, but also make sense of their impacts in industry, government, and daily life.


The Specialization in Political Thought engages in the comparative study of political thought from a variety of perspectives, both within and outside the Western canon. Special attention will be given to the historicity of diverse political traditions but also to recurring themes and questions. Learning to recognize political thought, both past and present, as being time- and place-specific will equip students, regardless of their major field of study, with additional analytical and methodological skills grounded in the appreciation of the contextual and intertextual aspects of diverse intellectual traditions. Beyond contextualization the students will learn about comparative methods, addressing topics of political thought from intercultural and diachronic perspectives.