Schools and Departments
The Department of Cognitive Science is a thriving interdisciplinary department, which offers a PhD program with a comprehensive range of rigorous coursework and active research experience. It is a research-based training program that specializes in but is not limited to the study of the social and biological bases of cognition. Research topics include cooperation, communication, social learning, cultural transmission, joint action, developmental social cognition, neural bases of cognition, strategic decision making, visual cognition, statistical learning, and cognitive neuroscience. Students will follow courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy of mind, cognitive anthropology, computational and biological cognition, vision and linguistics, they will receive practical training and join the research programs in the laboratories of the members of the department.
The Department of Economics is a dynamic and expanding one, well established as a leading economics department in the region, with faculty members from top American and European universities. The department offers Master's and doctoral programs in economics.The department trains future economists from the region and beyond, providing them with an understanding of the functioning of markets and the role of the state in a market economy. Rigorous coursework includes core economic theory (microeconomics and macroeconomics) and econometrics, as well as study of many applied fields, including labor economics, health economics and economics of education, industrial organization, monetary economics, international economics, law and economics, comparative institutional economics, corporate governance, and economics of transition.
The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy is a center of excellence in research on environmental policy and management, offering a comprehensive curriculum for ambitious, intellectually advanced graduate students. Both general academic and specialized knowledge in a variety of related fields are offered. Emphasis is on an interdisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems; leading environmental academics from around the world contribute to both the taught curriculum and fieldwork. Focus is on international or trans-boundary problems in sustainable environmental development. The department also serves as a focal point in a network of collaborating scientists and environmental professionals from developed and developing countries worldwide.
The Department of Gender Studies meets the growing demand for expertise in gender issues by providing both Master's and doctoral level programs in gender studies, as well as serving as a base for non-degree studies and other activities in the field. The department attracts students from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities, and focuses on integrative and comparative approaches in gender studies. A rich variety of intertwined scholarly interests (such as gender and (post) state-socialist studies, nationalism, theory, cultural studies, transnationalism, and international political movements) are emphasized. With an important, but not exclusive, focus on Central and Eastern Europe, both the Master's and doctoral programs seek to contribute to the development of socially relevant knowledge based on these approaches, and to critically interrogate past and present developments related to gender in culture and society.
The Department of History offers programs of considerable breadth, on both the Master's and the Doctoral level, challenging canons by means of thorough empirical research and cutting-edge methodological and theoretical reflection. The Department seeks to train future scholars, academic and public leaders and professionals with a broad horizon. Teaching and research focus is on the history of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, from the 16th century to the present, going beyond these geographical and temporal boundaries in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.
The Department of International Relations integrates international relations scholarship with regional expertise in both the Eastern and Western parts of the enlarged European Union together with the wider European neighborhood. The department's commitment to international relations theory, in both its traditional and critical forms, and to the two major sub-disciplines of security studies and international political economy, forms the foundation of the program, complemented by a necessary multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the EU and its role as a global actor. Its highly competitive programs, which attract top-level graduate students from around the world to both the Master's and doctoral levels, provide an enriching environment for study and research on issues that concern today's globalizing world. The faculty includes scholars from international relations, history, law, economics, and comparative politics disciplines.
The Department of Legal Studies provides high quality advanced legal education and education in human rights. Its programs are among the finest in Europe, enabling students to obtain a solid grounding in fundamental legal concepts in civil law and common law systems and to develop unique skills in comparative analysis. Our students are encouraged to see complex legal and social problems in their broader context and seek solutions across continents and disciplines.
Our first master programs were established in 1992 to respond to the challenges of constitutional, legal and political transition to democracy. We have gradually expanded our curriculum to explore the challenges established and emerging democracies and their societies face in an increasingly globalized world. Today, our students come from over 30 countries and are received by our outstanding international faculty from 20 countries. The diversity of our academic community serves as a resource for professional development, a constant source of inspiration for developing new ideas and an unmatched opportunity for personal development in and outside classes.
The Department of Mathematics and its Applications offers one of the most recent international Master's programs in Applied Mathematics within the Bologna framework. The programs aim to satisfy the growing demand for well-trained applied mathematicians. Graduates will hold positions in industry, corporations, banks, research institutes, governmental and EU institutions, and a variety of research or academic fields. The department's doctoral program covers major branches in both mathematics and its applications, and aims to prepare students for a productive academic career.
The Department of Medieval Studies offers multidisciplinary courses on both the Master's and the doctoral levels to medievalists from diverse backgrounds (history, art history, archaeology, philology, philosophy and theology). The program focuses on late antique and medieval civilization in Europe (c. 300-1550 AD), dealing with different methods of communication, migration of peoples, mobility of objects, texts, and ideas in the larger medieval oikumene, including Asia and North Africa. Students are provided with a broad grounding in these areas as well as training in advanced research methodology with special reference to interdisciplinary, comparative and supranational issues.
The Department of Philosophy offers a comprehensive program, covering the major areas of philosophical study, leading to Master's and doctoral degrees. The MA programs are designed to give broad and thorough training in all major fields of philosophy, with the possibility of deeper acquaintance in a chosen field. The department's doctoral program aims to train professionals prepared to undertake academic careers, as researchers or university teachers. Both MA and doctoral programs promote a scholarly attitude that combines historical and analytical approaches in philosophy. Curricula are designed so that students are required to study each of the major fields of contemporary philosophy. A specialization in history of philosophy is also available, including the possibility of specialization in ancient philosophy. Thus, graduates gain the rare ability to conduct a dialogue across the dividing lines occasionally fragmenting the philosophical discipline.
The Department of Political Science invites students wishing to develop the analytical skills necessary to achieve excellence in their areas of study. With original scholarship, basic and applied research, and creative instructors constituting an essential core upon which to draw, graduate work at the department attracts an outstanding selection of uniquely qualified students from throughout the region and the world. The department's curriculum is unique within Europe, covering almost all areas of political studies and offers in-depth expertise in the comparative politics of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Representing a comprehensive range of academic approaches and expertise, the department's faculty address questions of political philosophy, democratization and regime change, constitutional politics, political economy, media, voting behavior, party politics, human rights and Europeanization, in a comparative manner.
The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology offers an integrated program aiming to go beyond the disciplinary boundaries between sociology and anthropology, asking new questions about social analysis, regionalizations, and of sociology and anthropology as disciplines. The department is committed to a non-Eurocentric perspective. By analyzing the complex process of globalization at both the macro- and micro-level, students learn to recognize the global and the local as mutually constitutive processes. They are further equipped with a critical and comparative perspective on our contemporary world through a broad range of courses: social theory; place making; post-colonialism; research methods; urban processes; meanings and practices of gender; social inequalities; dynamics of power and resistance; and the cross-border flow of people, ideas and commodities within the structures of the globalizing world.
The Nationalism Studies Program responds to the growing demand for new knowledge and teaching in the field. The program engages students in empirical and theoretical study of issues of nationalism, self-determination, problems of state-formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection, language and citizenship rights and constitutional design in ethnically-divided societies. Drawing upon the supranational milieu of CEU, the program encourages a critical, non-sectarian and interdisciplinary stance toward the study of nationalism. An international teaching staff representing a wide range of disciplinary expertise including history, social theory, economics, legal studies, sociology, anthropology, international relations and political science provides a high quality learning experience. A wide selection of courses are offered to provide students with a complex theoretical grounding and advanced training in the methodology of applied social science.
The Doctoral School is an academic community home to more than 50 permanent faculty members and over 90 doctoral students. The Doctoral Program in Political Science has been established by the School of Public Policy and Departments of Political Science and International Relations with the aim of contributing to a spirit of cooperation between faculty and students and foster the consolidation of a common academic community across the three departments. The Doctoral School offers and administers the Doctoral (PhD) Program in Political Science. The PhD program aims to provide the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to facilitate a broader comparative perspective which will mediate and engage scholarship and practices from both European and non-European contexts. We expect applicants who are ready to meet the challenges of critical thinking, academic excellence, social responsibility and inter-contextual perspective.
The School of Public Policy (SPP) is a multidisciplinary institution focused on the study of global public policy issues both in theory and in practice. Through excellence in teaching and research, SPP aims to create an educational experience that involves not only the acquisition of skills and knowledge but also the cultivation of a mindset that emphasizes entrepreneurship, innovation, cultural awareness and commitment to the public good.
SPP aims to work with students, faculty, researchers and practitioners who are unafraid to challenge prevalent assumptions in the world of public policy and brave enough to propose new solutions. The School strives to equip these individuals with the tools to construct a community of "purpose beyond power."
The CEU Business School was the first educational institution in Central Eastern Europe to offer graduate business education leading to an American MBA. The School has been a landmark institution in the region since its inception in 1988 by a group of visionary leaders including George Soros. Since the beginning the School has and continues to play a pivotal role in linking global management theories with the realities and challenges of the region's transforming economies. The Business School develops future business leaders with a sense of social responsibility.
The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS), heir to the Center for Hellenic Traditions (2004/5–2009/10), promotes the study of the eastern Mediterranean and its hinterlands from antiquity, especially the Hellenistic oikoumenē (323–30 BCE), to the end of the Ottoman period. It aims to create an academic environment for the promotion of a greater understanding of the eastern Mediterranean as a key area of world history, and thus shed new light on the signiﬁcant challenges this region faces at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The center perceives the Mediterranean as an ideal framework for the analysis of interconnections across geographical, chronological, imperial, religious and disciplinary boundaries, focusing on east-west interaction and exchanges, the movement of people, objects and ideas to and from the eastern Mediterranean, as well as imperial (dis)continuities – Roman, Byzantine, Islamic Caliphate, Ottoman – from the ancient to the modern period.
The Center for Network Science at Central European University provides an organizational platform for research in network science, with a special forcus on applications to practical social problems.
Network science, as a maturing field, offers a unique perspective to tackle complex problems, impenetrable to linear-proportional thinking. The concept of networks has come to pervade modern society – in our everyday experience we routinely use online social network services, we hear reports on the operation of terrorist networks, and we speculate on the six degrees of separation to celebrities and presidents. The science of networks is emerging as a scientific discipline that examines exactly these kinds of interconnections. It aims at explaining complex phenomena at larger scales emerging from simple principles of making network links.
The Center for Network Science translates these ideas into research projects - faculty at the Center won several major grants, from European Union and US funding agencies. The Center also offers a Certificate PhD program, joint with other departments at CEU.
The Center for Religious Studies (CRS) is an academic forum at CEU fostering the study of religion. The mission of the center is to initiate and to coordinate research and to disseminate the results of research by mounting and fostering academic events, and publications that address religion-related questions in critical ways.
The CRS collaborates with CEU departments and academic units and is a hub of work in the Humanities. It crosses the borders of disciplines, confessional and geo-political categorizations, and covers periods from ancient to modern times. With an international advisory board and institutional contacts throughout the region and worldwide, the CRS provides an important site for academic research and communication.
The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies, coordinated by the Center for Religious Studies, awards a non-degree certificate in Religious Studies to MA and PhD students enrolled in participating CEU departments. As part of their studies, participating students engage in the study of religious phenomena from a historical point of view, from Late Antiquity to modernity, and a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.
The Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies was launched in 2007 by the Center for Religious Studies (formerly the Religious Studies Program). Its diverse course offerings cover the three monotheistic religions, over a vast span of time, and from multidisciplinary perspectives. To this end, departments participate through their course offerings, including History, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Sociology and Social Anthropology, International Relations and European Studies.