Doctoral programs must ask how they can encourage risk taking and intellectual adventurousness while fostering the importance of precision and rigor. For rigor must not be permitted to dominate the personality of a future investigator so that the speculative and conjectural courage needed to do good science is destroyed. Programs must model, practice, and reward risk taking.
– Yehuda Elkana
The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern has installed the interdisciplinary Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH) at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, which it founded in spring 2015. The GSH joins together three doctoral programs which had already previously existed, with an over-all total of 70 doctoral students from all disciplines of the Faculty. Twice a year the GSH admits graduate students from disciplines in the Humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences to one of its three inter- and transdisciplinarily oriented doctoral programs. Once part of one of the programs, a member can get his or her desired degree in six to eight terms (20 ECTS).
Promotion and Networking
The GSH promotes the exchange and networking with other peers both from inside and outside the University as well as within the international scientific community. It offers educational modules of outstanding quality, a wide range of counseling, administrative and financial support for the organization of or the participation in conferences, practical additional qualifications (soft skill classes) and professional workspaces at Unitobler.
The Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH) comprises three doctoral programs: Global Studies, Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, and Studies in Language and Society. All of these encourage a critical examination of issues, themes, concepts, theories and methods which transcend individual disciplines and as such serve to fully integrate the process of writing a doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Humanities into a highly innovative academic context. The aim is to provide an outstanding inter- and transdisciplinary education which centers on the writing of a qualitatively excellent doctoral thesis which qualifies graduates to conduct research-related work both in academic and non-academic environments.