From the Director

 Chelsea Schelly

Chelsea Schelly

PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

Contact

906-487-1759
cschelly@mtu.edu

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University houses two distinct graduate programs: here, you can pursue an MS or a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy or an MS or a PhD in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology. These programs both provide unique opportunities to learn about the problems and possibilities for sustainable resource use and management.

Students in the Environmental and Energy Policy program explore the complex ways that social, technical, and policy issues intersect to shape current socio-environmental contexts, and they conduct research about and research that informs policy decisions. Students in the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program work with and do research embedded within communities impacted by industrial activities and associated socio-environmental consequences, as students examine the social, technical, economic, and policy factors at work in the industrialization and de-industrialization of communities and conduct research that inform decisions related to heritage management in these communities.

Each of our graduate programs is oriented toward collaborative and interdisciplinary research experiences. As an MS student, you will complete an independent thesis research project in collaboration with a faculty advisor, which strengthen your ability to work with a variety of stakeholders in your professional field. The PhD programs prepare you to conduct critical research that informs policy and management decisions. The Department is unique in its ability to provide opportunities to work with faculty across a wide range of disciplines on a variety of projects that are grounded in community well being, social justice, and improved management of natural and cultural resources.

The Department aims to provide funding support to graduate students in both the MS and PhD programs through teaching and research assistantships.  Also, if you are interested in integrating your MS work with applied, community based work, the OSM-VISTA program provides one way to enhance your experience while obtaining a degree.

I welcome your questions about the opportunities available here at Tech, and thank you for your interest in our programs!

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University houses two distinct graduate programs: here, you can pursue an MS or a PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy or an MS or a PhD in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology. These programs both provide unique opportunities to learn about the problems and possibilities for sustainable resource use and management.


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