Advanced Certificate Programs
CEU offers non-degree advanced certificate programs for its students (condition of eligibility may vary depending on the program).
This specialization (within PhD programs in Economics, Political Science and Environmental Science) will award a non-degree certificate in network science, offered by the Center for Network Science at CEU (CEU CNS). Students will enroll and receive their PhD degrees in either the Department of Economics, Political Science or Environmental Science. CEU CNS provides an organizational platform for research in network science, with a special focus on applications to practical social problems. The particular strength of the Center is in its diverse interdisciplinary faculty, and the intellectual leadership of Albert-László Barabási, a part-time faculty member of the Center. Faculty at the Center for Network Science will offer courses on the core ideas of network science, on methods of network science, and applications in economics, political science and environmental science. Faculty will also engage in co-supervising PhD students.
Science Studies is an examination of the interrelations between science and society which situates scientific knowledge and expertise in context. Its analysis aims to provide critical reflection on the intellectual, cultural, political, social, philosophical and historical currents shaping scientific ideas and technological developments. The Science Studies Program at CEU in an independent unit that facilitates students’ studying and researching questions that relate science or technology to the scholarly issues of a traditional discipline in the social sciences or humanities. The Program allows students to obtain a certificate of concentration to supplement their MA or Ph.D. degree in one of CEU’s existing degree programs. Through the Required Courses offered by the Program, students will learn to integrate perspectives drawn from the disciplines of history of science, sociology of science and philosophy of science. The activities of the Science Studies Program include seminar courses, public lectures, conferences, workshops and informal mentoring from faculty. Through such activities, students will become familiar with, and engage in, interdisciplinary dialogues taking place across the world that are currently seeking – with some urgency – to question the separation (and segregation) of the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities as distinct domains of knowledge production. The Program’s elective courses cover a range of diverse topics dealing with the emergence of scientific paradigms specific to particular times and places, and involve the study of the particular agents, networks, scientific objects, practices, tools, rhetoric, and modes of vision/representation that come together to form different scientific milieux. Students are encouraged to select thesis and dissertation topics that reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the Program.
The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies, run by the Center for Religious Studies, is an inter-departmental and cross-disciplinary program giving MA and PhD students from participating departments the opportunity to pursue comprehensive religion-related studies at CEU. This includes accesses to university-wide, specialist courses in comparative religious studies and the history of religions as well as one-on-one supervision on their religion-related thesis. In addition, and in the context of the Center, the Advanced Certificate program provides enrolled students special access to the field’s leading experts and cutting-edge scholars, to participate in interactive academic sessions, and a variety of other facilities designed for their academic engagement and development.
Eastern Mediterranean Studies
The Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies (EMS), run by the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, offers MA students from the Departments of History and Medieval Studies an innovative diachronic approach, from late antiquity to the modern age, focusing on a geographical area at the crossroads of cultures and thereby unusually rich in its intellectual, social, institutional, and cultural heritage. At the same time, however, it encourages the synchronic – both comparative and connected – approaches to the imperial polities that lay claim to the Roman inheritance (or rivaled them). Just as the rise of the Roman-Byzantine imperial order was coterminous with the Sasanian and, later, with the rise of Islamic Caliphate as well as Eurasian Steppe Empires, the subsequent rise of the Ottoman Empire was likewise coterminous to the rise of the Habsburg, Safavid, Qajar and Russian empires – all of which fashioned themselves as universalist orders and claimed similar Roman-Byzantine traditions, institutions, and imperial trappings. By cutting through traditional chronological, geographical and disciplinary boundaries, EMS presents students with a unique opportunity to explore how various and successive traditions were appropriated by and adjusted to the realities of medieval, early modern and modern polities in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. Conceived as a connected and comparative history of the empires in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond, the Advanced Certificate in EMS builds on the already existing CEU faculty research and expertise, consolidates the innovative curriculum developed in the last five years, and brings the departments of History and Medieval Studies even closer together while simultaneously opening up current historiographic, thematic and historical issues to students and faculty from other departments.
The Advanced Certificate in Political Thought (ACPT) focuses on the comparative, historical and contextual exploration of Political Thought. The ACPT works between the Departments of Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Medieval Studies, and Political Science. The program pursues, however, to enlarge the number of courses and faculty, most notably from the departments of Nationalism Studies, Legal Studies, and Philosophy. Students pursuing the Advanced Certificate in Political Thought as part of their MA studies in the participating departments will engage in the comparative study of political thought from a variety of perspectives. Special attention will be given to the historicity of diverse political traditions but also to recurring themes and questions. The curriculum introduces the students to political thought both within and outside the Western canon. Further, the ACPT aims to provide a specific professional framework for the participating students and faculty, by linking the program to transnational networks, generating faculty interaction, research and co-teaching. Each fall term the program with offer a core course “Introduction to Political Thought”, where members of different CEU departments will introduce their various perspectives on political thought.
Economic inequality is a key concern in economics and public policy. The rise in inequality that occurred during the 1970s and early 1980s stimulated interest in the study of its causes and consequences. The subsequent surge in globalization over the 1990s and early 2000s created a situation in which economic growth and prosperity no longer dramatically reduced economic inequality. The persistence of inequalities within nations and across nations demands innovative policy responses. From the World Bank to the United Nations to governments throughout the world, a greater understanding of wealth distribution is a necessary skill in today’s policy landscape. To contribute to addressing this need, Central European University and Bard College’s Levy Economics Institute are pairing in a joint Advanced Certificate in Inequality Analysis that will take place at the Levy Institute and CEU’s Extension site in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.