Social Sciences

From the Director

Chelsea Schelly

Each of our graduate programs is oriented toward collaborative, interdisciplinary research experiences. As a masters student, you will complete an independent thesis research project in collaboration with a faculty advisor, which strengthens 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 of Social Sciences is unique in its ability to provide opportunities to work with faculty across a wide range of disciplines on a variety of projects grounded in community well-being, social justice, and improved management of natural and cultural resources.
We aim to provide funding support to graduate students in both MS and PhD programs through teaching and research assistantships. If you are interested in integrating your MS work with applied, community-based work, the OSM-VISTA program provides a way to enhance your experience while obtaining a degree.
I welcome your questions about the opportunities available here at Michigan Tech, and thank you for your interest in our programs.

Chelsea Schelly

Associate Professor, Sociology
Graduate Director, IA/H and EEP


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