Director: Omar Swartz
Assistant Director: Myra Bookman
Office: Modular #1, MC01 (east of Tivoli Student Union)
Omar Swartz, JD, Duke University; PhD, Purdue University
Myra Bookman, PhD, University of Colorado
Margaret Woodhull, PhD, University of Texas, Austin
The master of social science (MSS) program is designed to meet the needs of students who prefer flexibility in constructing an individualized course of study in social science. Emphasis is placed on the integration of knowledge across and beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. This is accomplished through three required seminars, courses from a variety of disciplines chosen with the approval of advisors and program directors, and a project or thesis. Courses can be chosen from the social science disciplines: anthropology, communication, economics, geography, history, law, political science, psychology and sociology, as well as from other disciplines and programs, e.g., English, philosophy, education, public affairs and architecture.
The MSS program is intended for students interested in developing their own interdisciplinary perspectives in such areas as social thought, public policy, women’s studies, educational reform and cross-cultural studies or politics. The program can provide: training for advancement in the professions of education, business, social service and government; a basis for further graduate studies in a specific social science discipline or professional field; a means for teachers and other working students to tailor degree programs to fit their personal career development needs; and a nontraditional approach for recent university graduates or adults re-entering the university to pursue liberal educational goals in the social sciences.
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