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Master of Liberal Studies in Social Science and American Culture (SSAC)


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PROGRAM WILL BE DELETED: EFFECTIVE FALL 2013
Currently enrolled students will have until September 1, 2020 to graduate
 

The M.L.S. in social science and American culture is interdisciplinary in design. The program stresses individual inquiry and diverse opportunities for educational development.

Objectives
The M.L.S. in social science and American culture, administered by the Department of History and Philosophy, draws upon courses in history and philosophy; art; communication, media and theatre arts; economics; English language and literature; geography and geology; interdisciplinary technology; music and dance; political science; sociology, anthropology and criminology; teacher education; and world languages. This highly flexible program familiarizes students with a wide range of American cultures. It both helps students seeking employment in business, industry, or government and facilitates professional advancement for those already employed. The program also provides preparatory training for those desiring to teach or to pursue doctoral studies.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:

  1. Have completed a bachelor’s degree, but no particular field or major is required;

  2. Meet the GPA requirements for admission and for graduation established by the Graduate School; and

  3. Have a minimum TOEFL score, if an international student (see Admissions web site at www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores).

Advising
New Students should arrange an early conference with the graduate adviser to plan their programs in detail.

Program Requirements
The degree requires 30 hours of courses approved for graduate credit. These may include a maximum of nine hours in approved 400-level undergraduate courses. In addition to 24 hours in the American history and complementary concentrations below, the student will complete one of the following options:

Option I: Three hours of electives in approved courses in departments participating in the program, and a three-hour independent study. A two-hour integrated examination (oral or written) in American culture, administered by a committee of at least two professors from departments involved in the student’s program.

Option II: Three hours of electives in approved courses in departments participating in the program, and a three-credit-hour creative, scholarly or pedagogical special project supervised by a committee of at least two professors from departments involved in the student’s program.

Option III: A thesis for six hours of credit. The thesis must relate to the student’s course work in American culture and demonstrate an integrated knowledge of American life and thought. The thesis committee must consist of at least two professors from departments involved in the student’s program.

Course Requirements:


The M.L.S. in social science and American culture requires the completion of 30 hours of course work to be distributed among American history concentration courses, complementary concentration courses and culminating experience courses as follows:

American History Concentration: 12 hours


At least six hours from courses at the 500- or 600-level from the department of history listed below.

Complementary Concentrations: 12-15 hours


At least four courses listed below from each of two or more of the participating departments

Culminating Experience: 3-6 hours


Special Project(s) (number varies by department) or Independent Study (697/698/699) for three hours or Thesis (690/691/692) for six hours.

Program Total: 30 hours


Participating Department:


Departments participating in and courses constituting the master of liberal studies in social science and American culture are listed below

Department of World Languages


Note:


Graduate-level special topics courses that offer content in American culture may also be used in the M.L.S. program. Not more than six hours of special topics courses may be used in a degree program.

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: History and Philosophy


The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form from the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.

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