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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Arts in Social Science (SOCS)

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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 History and Philosophy Department. 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:

Applicants must:

  1. Meet the Graduate School 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 website for minimum scores).

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

Department Information:

History & Philosophy - College of Arts & Sciences

James Egge, Ph.D.
Department Head

701 Pray-Harrold
(734) 487-1018

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Ronald Delph, Ph.D.

701R Pray-Harrold
(734) 487-1018

New students should arrange an early conference with the graduate advisor to plan their programs in detail. The graduate advisor, before registration each semester, must approve all course selections.

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

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.

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