Specialization in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology (MSTS)

The Department of Anthropology offers a Graduate MSTS Specialization, which is available for all Ph.D. students at UC Irvine and is unique both structurally and programmatically.

Structurally, the Specialization requires that students take four approved graduate courses, one of which must be the Proseminar in Medicine, Science, and Technology. These requirements allow students to explore emergent issues of medicine, science, and technology that may inform and support their research. Students completing the Graduate Specialization in MSTS must fulfill all Ph.D. requirements of their home departments, and can add "Specialization in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology" to their curricula vitae.

Programmatically, the specialization builds on an exciting set of research trajectories among faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. The specialization is predicated on the realization that the social phenomena studied by "medical anthropology" and "science and technology studies" are in fact inextricably linked, and understanding these linked formations requires moving between disparate fields of inquiry.

Please note: The Specialization in MSTS is different from the M.A. in Social Sciences (Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies). Current anthropology graduate students can also earn the M.A. in MSTS degree with completion of the 9 required courses and the comprehensive exam. Click here for more information.


The Specialization in MSTS has the following requirements (which can be completed in any order):

  1. Successful completion of the Proseminar in Medicine, Science, and Technology.
  2. Successful completion of three other graduate courses approved for the specialization, two of which must be offered by the Department of Anthropology.

Courses other than those listed below may be approved on a case-by-case basis. All three of these graduate courses must be regular graduate seminars: independent study or directed reading courses may not be used to fulfill any part of this requirement.
When you have completed the required coursework, fill out the "MSTS Specialization Form" and submit to the Graduate Director of the Department of Anthropology. Once this form has been approved, you may list “Graduate Specialization in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology” on your CV. As this is a specialization (not an emphasis or minor), it will not appear on your diploma or transcripts.


*Consult with DGS for approved courses


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