Social Sciences

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

At Princeton, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies is a cross-disciplinary association under the general auspices of the Council of the Humanities. There is a standing interdepartmental committee of faculty members, and a number of recognized graduate student organizers. We seek to foster interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among members of the University engaged in the study of Renaissance and early modern culture in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Americas and Asia.

Political Philosophy

The Program in Political Philosophy is available to students with interests in one or more of three areas: (1) the history of political ideas, (2) the investigation of contemporary problems of political philosophy, and (3) the study of the relations between institutional and social history and systems of political thought. The program enables doctoral candidates in the affiliated departments to supplement their disciplinary training with specialized work in one of the other affiliated departments.

Social Policy

The Joint Degree Program (JDP) in Social Policy is a collaborative effort of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Departments of Politics, Psychology, Population Studies, and Sociology.  The Department of Economics also affiliates with the program, but not as a joint degree participant.

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

The Woodrow Wilson School offers a distinctive educational approach that strikes a careful balance between theory and practice. Graduate students spend time developing analytical skills and acquiring a substantive knowledge about the world's most important domestic and international issues.

The School has a diverse faculty representing a wide range of disciplines and expertise, with 20 affiliated research centers and programs.


Graduate studies in the Department of Sociology focus on guiding students who have excelled as consumers of knowledge through the transition to becoming producers of scholarship. Students are encouraged to initiate independent research projects early on and to work closely with a range of faculty—through coursework, independent study, and informal mentoring—to develop research skills. Undergraduate concentration in sociology is not a prerequisite for admission.

Population Studies

The Office of Population Research (OPR), founded in 1936, is the demographic research and graduate training center at Princeton University. The field encompasses a wide range of specializations that span substantive and methodological subjects in the social, mathematical, and biological sciences.


The graduate program in the Department of Politics leads to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in politics. There is no separate program for a master’s degree. The program is designed to offer broad professional training in political science and to enable students to specialize in any of the main subfields of political science (American politics, comparative politics, international politics, and political theory), as well as public law and formal and quantitative analysis.

History of Science

The goal of the graduate Program in History of Science at Princeton is to enhance our students' enthusiasm for the subject while also training them for the joint professional responsibilities of teaching and research. Under the aegis of the Department of History, the Program in History of Science treats science as an intellectual, cultural, and social phenomenon.


The graduate program in history values an approach to scholarship grounded in the particular while retaining a sense of the whole. The faculty encourage students to take as comprehensive a view of history as possible with the goal of cultivating a far-reaching understanding of the past. Throughout their enrollment, students develop the necessary skills to conduct discipline-defining research.


The interdisciplinary Bendheim Center for Finance offers a Master in Finance (M.Fin.) degree. The distinctive feature of Princeton’s M.Fin. program is its strong emphasis on financial economics in addition to financial engineering and computational methods, as well as emerging tools of Fin Tech.  Graduates of this program will have a solid understanding of the fundamental quantitative tools from computer science, economic theory, optimization, probability, and statistics, all of which are increasingly vital in the financial industry.


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