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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Arts in Schools, Society and Violence (SSV)

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This interdisciplinary master’s degree is intended for students who want to pursue advanced studies in conflict, crime and cooperation in the school context, and is offered through the Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology and Teacher Education Departments. Students will gain an understanding of theoretical concepts, methodological techniques and the application of substantive interdisciplinary knowledge, enabling them to analyze, understand and effectively intervene to reduce harmful relational and institutional practices in school settings. Essential dimensions of the program include a thesis or non-thesis requirement through which students demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply relevant knowledge to address a particular dimension of the problem of school violence.


Program graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Through written and oral forms the ability to analyze complex problems associated with school violence;
  2. An understanding of the larger social, historical, economic and ideological context producing violent social relations within schools;
  3. Competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods; and
  4. The ability to create positive solutions to school violence.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Comply with the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Have at least a 2.7 undergraduate GPA;
  3. Submit a letter of interest describing the applicant’s career goals and reasons for pursuing this master’s degree; and
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s professional commitment, experience, and potential.

Department Information

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, College of Arts & Sciences

Julian Murchison, Ph.D. | Department Head | 712 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.0012 | jmurchi1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Solange Simoes, Ph.D. | 712 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.0012 | ssimoes@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 31 hours

The M.A. in Schools, Society and Violence requires the completion of at least 31 credit hours of course work to be distributed among required program courses, concentration courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

Core courses: Crime, Conflict and Cooperation: 20 hours

Substantive Focus: Discipline, Schooling and Social Control: 8-12 hours

Thesis/Non-Thesis Project: 0-4 hours

One option from the following:

Option I: Thesis

Four hours from the following:

Option II: Non-Thesis Project: 0 hours

Non-thesis students must submit two essays dealing with a methodological, theoretical and/or practical problem in power, crime, conflict and cooperation within the schools that reflects the interests of the student and readers.

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