Comparative-Historical Social Science (CHSS)

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, the Program in Comparative-Historical Social Science (CHSS) supports training for graduate students interested in comparative and historical research.

Students in the program complete their PhD in either political science or sociology; they also receive a certificate from the University for expertise in the interdisciplinary area of CHSS.

The program provides students with:

  • a common coursework structure integrated with their departmental curricula;
  • resources for student research, including travel abroad;
  • interdisciplinary venues at which to present work in progress and receive feedback;
  • and opportunities for collaborative research.

Max Planck Exchange

Students working in political economy and economic sociology may participate in an exchange program with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. During the six-month program, students conduct research for their doctoral theses and participate in courses. Learn more about the exchange.

How to Apply

Admitted political science or sociology students are have been admitted to chosen department (either political science or sociology), they are then invited by CHSS to apply to the CHSS program. A committee of CHSS faculty determine program admission.

View the coursework and other requirements of CHSS.