The Master of Social Science degree is individually tailored to meet students' needs and interests. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students organize their own plans of studies by combining fields such as History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Film, Women's Studies, Public Policy, American Studies, Fine Arts, Sociology, Literature, Anthropology, Communications, Political Science, and Economics.
Our degree programs are designed for part-time or full time students whose professional and personal obligations require a program that is flexible. If a student prefers flexibility in constructing an individualized course of study in the social sciences, the Master of Social Science emphasizes integration of knowledge across and beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Courses derive primarily from the social science disciplines, like anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, but may be integrated with other disciplines and programs including English, philosophy, education, health sciences, public affairs, fine arts, and architecture. Students who choose the Master of Social Science program often develop interdisciplinary perspectives in areas like public policy, gender and identity studies, educational reform, cross-cultural studies, or politics.
Students may also focus in one of several areas of concentration or formal tracks: Women's Studies, Society and the Environment, International Studies, or Community Health Science.
The Social Science program provides background for advancement in business, education, social service, and government, or a basis for further graduate or professional study. MSS students often tailor their degree program for specific career and personal needs. Many simply seek intellectual enrichment.
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