Social Sciences

American Studies

The Program in American Studies is the University’s oldest interdepartmental plan of study. It began in 1942 as the “Program in American Civilization,” in response to the perception among faculty and students that “many educated Americans have in their education been cut off from a clear understanding of the traditions of their country.”  Several other factors were in play in the 1930s and 1940s: faculty across departments in the humanities and social sciences were interested in coordinating their efforts; and both the Depression and totalitarianism caused concerns that the American way of

Statistics and Machine Learning

Research across the disciplines increasingly requires the integration of data science, statistics and machine learning to make cutting-edge advancements. Princeton University is dedicated to playing a vital role in preparing students to lead in these areas, and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML) is a campus focal point for fulfilling this commitment.

Health and Health Policy (HHP)

The Woodrow Wilson School offers a Graduate Certificate in Health and Health Policy, sponsored by the Center for Health and Wellbeing. The certificate trains graduate students for careers in health-related areas in the public and not-for-profit sectors. The program is designed for graduate students with domestic and international health interests and provides both broad training in core topics in health and health policy as well as courses in specialized areas. Woodrow Wilson School MPA and MPP students are eligible for the certificate.

Urban Policy and Planning

The Woodrow Wilson School offers two distinct certificates to its own master’s students and to interested master’s students from relevant Princeton departments, especially the School of Architecture. Both certificates are grounded in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of cities and urban problems in both advanced industrialized and developing countries.

Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP)

Princeton University's Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) is based in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with strong ties to the Princeton Environmental Institute. Many aspects of science and technology policy debates have been tackled with the tools of political and economic analysis that are the traditional strong suits of the Woodrow Wilson School.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies has a long and rich history at Princeton.  Established in 1982 as Women’s Studies, the program was renamed Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2011 to reflect the trajectory and expanded reach of teaching and scholarship among Princeton faculty and in the field more generally.  Faculty and students in the program are dedicated to the study of gender and sexuality in their complex articulation with race, ethnicity, class, disability, religion, nationality, and other intersections of identity, power, and politics. 

Hellenic Studies

The Program in Hellenic Studies offers a broad range of graduate seminars in Hellenic studies that are complemented by graduate courses in several departments and programs, with opportunities for doctoral research on Byzantine or Modern Greek civilization. Currently the Program offers, jointly with the Department of Classics, a graduate certificate in the Program in Classical and Hellenic Studies.

Many graduate students are currently supported by or otherwise affiliated with the Program in Classical and Hellenic Studies.

Latin American Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies is open to all Princeton University graduate students currently enrolled in any Ph.D. program in the humanities, social sciences, engineering, math or natural sciences. Students enrolled in the Master's in Public Administration Degree Program at the Woodrow Wilson School may also enroll in the certificate if they write a research paper on a Latin American topic in consultation with the program director.

Medieval Studies

The Program in Medieval Studies seeks to encourage interdisciplinary study of medieval period Europe and adjacent Mediterranean cultures (c. 500-1500); its art, literature (Latin and vernacular), music, religion, philosophy, science, politics, and economic and social structures. 

Interested students should apply for graduate study through an individual affiliated department, not through the program.

Political Economy

The allocations of markets and other economic institutions are subject to the political environment in which these institutions operate. Students interested in understanding the effects and the design of economic policies should have an appreciation of the political context in which these policies are set. At the same time, students interested in political outcomes and institutions must consider the economic forces that interact with the political realm. Work in political economy aims to develop theoretical and empirical understanding of the connections between economics and politics.

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