Aug 24, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Social Science (SOCS)

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Advisor: Ronald Delph
701R Pray-Harrold

The M.A. in Social Science is an interdisciplinary effort among the Economics; Geography and Geology; History and Philosophy; Political Science; and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology departments, coordinated through the Department of History and Philosophy. Students in the program take courses in at least three of the five departments.

Because the master of arts in social science is interdisciplinary and does not require specialization, it is responsive to individual interests and curricular needs. The program can offer greater expertise to social studies teachers in the elementary and secondary schools. Students with career interests in business or government service can acquire the deeper knowledge and broader perspective that stem from graduate work in social science. In general, the program offers better understanding of the social, cultural, political, economic and geographic factors that shape human experience.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admission
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the Graduate School’s admission requirements;

  2. Have at least 30 hours of undergraduate courses in social science, and an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7; and

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

In addition to these requirements, degree candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements of the Graduate School.

New students should arrange an early conference with the graduate advisor to plan their programs in detail.

All course selections must be approved by the graduate advisor before registration each semester.

Course Requirements:

The M.A. in Social Science requires the completion of 30 hours of course work to be distributed among major concentration courses, restricted elective courses and elective courses as follows:

Major Concentration: 12 hours

At least six hours at the 500- or 600-level in one of the following: economics, geography (courses classified as social science), history,  political science (one course from each of three groups, as specified by the department) or sociology/anthropology.

Restricted Elective Courses: 12 hours

Twelve hours from at least two other disciplines listed above.

Elective Courses: 6 hours

Six hours of social science or any other graduate courses offered by the University.

Program Total: 30 hours

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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