Affiliated Programs and Activist/Research Initiatives

Affiliated Programs:

Environmental Psychology: CSP shares Brown Bag events and some courses with the doctoral program in Environmental Psychology. This doctoral program —the first of its kind—evolved from work done at CUNY’s Brooklyn College by social and developmental psychologists in the early 1960s. The program was formally instated as part of the doctoral program in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1968, and remains a vibrant heart of an interdisciplinary field, and the only Ph.D. granting program of its kind in the United States.

Women’s Studies Certificate Program: Students can receive a certificate in Women’s Studies as part of their doctoral studies. Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to research and scholarship that draws on various disciplines, while challenging disciplinary boundaries, raising new questions and offering different perspectives. The general aim of the program is to offer critical reflection on the experiences of both women and men in terms of differences of gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity and nation. Particular attention is paid to the conditions of women’s lives and the varied forms of struggle to which these give rise. Students are prepared to teach courses and to do research in Women’s Studies and related critical approaches to the disciplines. Besides focused course work and guidance in research, Women’s Studies offers participation in a wide range of graduate student-faculty activities, such as lecture series and forums.

Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies: The Graduate Center offers an interdisciplinary concentration in Lesbian/Gay/Queer Studies, a rapidly growing, multidisciplinary enterprise whose goal is the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples and their histories and cultures, as well as the study of sexuality and its role in the deployment of cultural and social power. Students are required to matriculate in one of The Graduate Center’s established doctoral programs and must take the core class, Introduction to Lesbian and Gay/Queer Studies, as well as three electives within the Concentration’s course lists.

Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium: The Graduate Center is a member of the ­Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium, which provides for cross-registra­tion among member institutions. Matriculated Graduate Center doctoral students may cross-register for doctoral study in the graduate schools of arts and sciences of the following institutions: Columbia University (including Teachers College), Fordham University, New School University, New York University (including Steinhardt School of Education), Princeton University, Rutgers–New Brunswick (State University of New Jersey), and Stony Brook (State University of New York).

Activist and Research Initiatives:

Public Science Project: The Public Science Project (PSP) was founded by Professor Michelle Fine and her students to advance democratic social science research for the public good. Critical Social and Personality Psychology works in close collaboration with PSP, which is directed by faculty member Maria Torre. Our students and faculty participate in projects and summer i­nstitutes.

Center for Human Environments: The Center for Human Environments (CHE), brings together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, earth and environmental scientists, and public health experts whose research addresses the relationship between people and their physical settings. By providing a forum where the social sciences meet environmental research, CHE seeks to produce deeper understanding of, and potential solutions to, the problems faced by schools, neighborhoods and larger communities, nonprofit organizations, community-based groups and advocacy movements, and government agencies.

Advanced Research Collaborative: The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) extends the Graduate Center’s global reach and prominence as an international hub of advanced study. Specifically, ARC promotes interdisciplinary research and partners with the Graduate Center’s forty research centers, institutes, interdisciplinary committees, and other academic initiatives.

New Media Lab: The New Media Lab works with Graduate Center and CUNY faculty and doctoral students from a variety of academic disciplines to conceive and create groundbreaking multimedia projects based on student and faculty scholarly research. Our goal is to integrate digital media into traditional academic practice, challenging scholars to develop fresh questions in their respective fields using the tools of new technology.


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