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Community College Teaching Concentration

The concentration in community college teaching qualifies students to teach entry-level courses in rapidly growing fields at community colleges. In addition, it may be an appropriate graduate credential for some faculty currently teaching in community colleges.

In addition to required courses and a knowledge area, students pursuing this concentration are required to take a one-credit proposal course and complete a project or thesis. The concentration in community college teaching is administered by the Higher Education Program.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate course work in one of the concentrations below. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their faculty adviser and the director. 

Courses applied to the degree are subject to the following restrictions: a maximum of 6 credits may be earned through independent study or directed readings and research courses; a maximum of 6 credits may be taken through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; a maximum of 15 credits may be transfer credits; a maximum of 6 of the transfer credits may be from other accredited institutions.

Transfer credits include credits taken before first enrolling as an admitted degree-seeking student (at another institution, in another Mason graduate program, or in Mason nondegree status) or credits taken at another institution after admission to the degree program through study abroad or study elsewhere (which requires prior written approval of the director and the dean). Additional information may be found in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis. Students are required to take MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar (1 credit), MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal (1 credit), and either MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (1-4 credits) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (3-4 credits). Students electing to complete the concentration in community college teaching with a thesis will complete 38 credits.

◊ Concentration in Community College Teaching (CCT)

This concentration qualifies students to teach entry-level courses in rapidly growing fields at community colleges. In addition, it may be an appropriate graduate credential for some faculty currently teaching in community colleges.

In addition to required courses and a knowledge area, students pursuing this concentration are required to take a one-credit proposal course and complete a project or thesis. The concentration in community college teaching is administered by the Higher Education Program.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Four required courses (12 credits) in college teaching

HE 601 - The Community College

HE 602 - College Teaching

HE 603 - Higher Education in the Digital Age

HE 685 - Practicum

Seven required courses (21 credits) in a knowledge area chosen from the following:

  • communication
  • English
  • information systems
  • mathematics
  • Spanish
  • teaching English as a second language

Communication

Four core courses (12 credits)

COMM 602 - Theories and Research of Mass Communication or COMM 634 - Theories of Interpersonal Communication Credits: 3

COMM 605 - Intercultural Communication or COMM 635 - Organizational Communication Credits: 3

COMM 650 - Research Methodologies in Communication

COMM 653 - Graduate Seminar in Instructional Communication

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Electives are chosen from graduate-level communication courses in consultation with a faculty advisor. They may include core courses listed above not already used to meet the 12 credit requirement.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

English

Two to three core courses (6-9 credits)

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies

ENGH 610 - Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature and/or ENGH 615 - Proseminar in Composition Instruction Credits: 3

Four to five elective courses (12-15 credits)

Electives are chosen from graduate-level English courses in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Information Systems

Three core courses (9 credits)

INFS 515 - Computer Organization Course and Operating Systems

INFS 612 - Principles and Practices of Communication Networks

INFS 614 - Database Management

Four elective courses (12 credits)

Electives must be graduate-level INFS or INFS-related courses chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Mathematics

Two core courses (6 credits)

MATH 621 - Algebra I

MATH 675 - Linear Analysis

Five elective courses (15 credits)

Electives are from graduate-level courses in mathematics and related disciplines (including statistics) chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Spanish

Three core courses (9 credits)

SPAN 502 - Hispanic Sociolinguistics

SPAN 505 - Applied Spanish Stylistics

SPAN 510 - Introduction to the Graduate Study of Literature in Spanish

Four elective courses (12 credits)

At least three elective courses (9 credits) must be graduate-level SPAN courses; one (3 credits) may be a graduate-level FRLN course. Electives should be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Teaching English as a Second Language

Six core courses (18 credits)

LING 520 - Introduction to Linguistics

LING 521 - Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language or LING 507 - Field Work in Applied Linguistics Credits: 3

LING 522 - Modern English Grammar

LING 523 - English Phonetics

LING 525 - Practicum in ESL

LING 582 - Second Language Acquisition

One elective course (3 credits)

Elective should be from graduate-level courses in linguistics or a related area chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Knowledge area total: 21 credits

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1 credit) or thesis (3 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 3 credits)

Total: 36-38 credits

◊ Concentration in Computational Social Science (CSS)

Computational social science (CSS) is a relatively new interdisciplinary science in which social science questions are investigated with modern computational tools. Computational social scientists investigate complex social phenomena such as economic markets, traffic control, and political systems by simulating the interactions of the many actors in such systems on computers.  They hope to gain insights which will lead to better management of the behavior of the larger social systems, i.e., prevention of market crashes, smoothed traffic flow, or maintenance of political stability.  The intractability of many social problems calls for the new approaches provided by computational social science. 

CSS is a highly interdisciplinary field that requires teams to plan and complete projects, be they undertaken by government, industry, or non-profit entities. Project managers of such teams, overseeing all elements of project design and execution, tend to hold PhDs. The MAIS concentration will train students to be members of these project teams, able to meaningfully contribute to background research and to project design, execution, and communication.

Prior background should include a bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences, in computer science, in engineering, or in a relevant discipline, as well as undergraduate courses in these and related areas. Bachelor’s degrees in other areas are also eligible, but the student may be required to take additional courses in social science, mathematics, or computer science as prerequisites to admission.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Six core courses (18 credits)

Three required courses (9 credits)

The required CSS courses provide an understanding of the conceptual, technical, and practical foundations of computational social science.

CSS 600 - Introduction to Computational Social Science

CSS 605 - Object-Oriented Modeling in Social Science

CSS 610 - Agent-based Modeling and Simulation

Three elective courses (9 credits) chosen from:

The electives provide an understanding of the technical foundations and current work in at least two subfields of computational social science.

CSS 620 - Origins of Social Complexity

CSS 625 - Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences

CSS 645 - Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions

CSS 692 - Social Network Analysis

CSS 739 - Topics in Computational Social Science

One research course (3 credits) chosen from:

The research course provides students with exposure to the most current ongoing research in the field and allows them to further develop their computational research expertise.

CSS 796 - Directed Reading and Research

CSS 898 - Research Colloquium in Computational Social Science

CSS 899 - Colloquium in Computational Social Science

Three to four elective courses (9-12 credits)

The electives allow students to acquire a substantive specialization as well as additional training in social and computational science. Because of the broad spectrum of social science phenomena, methodologies, and student backgrounds, there is a large pool of potential courses. Electives may include any Mason master's-level course in computational social science, social science, computer science, statistics, or other quantitative methods such as data visualization, information technology, and geographic information science. Electives should be selected in conjunction with and approval of the student's advisor and the Director of CSS Graduate Studies. If the student does not have prior coursework in multivariate statistical analysis, the electives should include at least one such course relevant for the student's chosen specialization.

Students who elect to complete a 4-credit project or thesis take 9 elective credits. Students who complete a 1-credit project take 12 elective credits.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in Energy and Sustainability (EAS)

This concentration is designed for students interested in careers in energy and sustainability-related positions in the public, private, or non-profit sectors, including law, national and international policy, media, government, and business. As one of the University's Green Leaf academic programs, the concentration in energy and sustainability focuses on finding ways to meet present needs for energy and material goods without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainability education lies at the intersection of environmental science, engineering, economics, business, public policy, social justice, and many other areas. Energy required to fuel all of these endeavors is a crucial component of sustainability.  

One required course of interdisciplinary studies proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Three core courses in energy and sustainability (9 credits)

Two required courses (6 credits)

EVPP 533 - Energy Policy

GGS 507 - Sustainable Development

One natural science course (3 credits) chosen from:

PHYS 581 - Topics in Renewable Energy

GEOL 521 - Geology of Energy Resources

Two courses (6 credits) in energy, sustainability or environmental policy:

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

BIOD 760 - National Security Technology and Policy

ECON 695 - Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)

EVPP 505 - Selected Topics in Environmental Science (when the topic involves energy or sustainability policy; take 3 credits)

EVPP 638 - Corporate Environmental Management and Policy

EVPP 642 - Environmental Policy

GGS 525 - Economics of Human/Environment Interactions

PUBP 710 - Topics in Public Policy (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

Two courses in humanities or social science approaches to sustainability and environmental issues (6 credits)

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

COMM 660 - Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

ECON 695 - Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)

INTS 540 - Contemporary Issues in Social Justice & Human Rights

ITRN 760 - International Environmental Politics

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

RELI 636 - Religion and the Natural Environment

One course (3-4 credits) in planning, modeling, or management

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

CEIE 601 - Infrastructure Modeling

EVPP 650 - Environmental Analysis and Modeling

EVPP 693 - Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)

One course (3 credits) in natural science

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

CLIM 690 - Scientific Basis of Climate Change

EVPP 607 - Fundamentals of Ecology

EVPP 677 - Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management

Electives (0-3 credits)

Students who wish to take MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project for their capstone research experience will take one course (3 credits) of electives from courses listed below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to take MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis will not take an elective course.

BIOD 760 - National Security Technology and Policy

CEIE 601 - Infrastructure Modeling

CLIM 690 - Scientific Basis of Climate Change

COMM 660 - Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns

ECON 695 - Special Topics in Economics (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)

EVPP 505 - Selected Topics in Environmental Science (when the topic involves energy or sustainability policy; take 3 credits)

EVPP 607 - Fundamentals of Ecology

EVPP 638 - Corporate Environmental Management and Policy

EVPP 642 - Environmental Policy

EVPP 650 - Environmental Analysis and Modeling

EVPP 677 - Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management

EVPP 693 - Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)

GEOL 521 - Geology of Energy Resources

GGS 525 - Economics of Human/Environment Interactions

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

INTS 540 - Contemporary Issues in Social Justice & Human Rights

ITRN 760 - International Environmental Politics

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

PHYS 581 - Topics in Renewable Energy

PUBP 710 - Topics in Public Policy (when the topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)

RELI 636 - Religion and the Natural Environment

One research methods course (3 credits)

 Students choose one of the following courses or other relevant courses in consultation with an advisor.

BINF 690 - Numerical Methods for Bioinformatics

EVPP 632 - Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Scientists

EVPP 650 - Environmental Analysis and Modeling

EVPP 651 - Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science

OR 682 - Computational Methods in Engineering and Statistics

PUBP 710 - Topics in Public Policy

SOCI 620 - Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

Students who wish to do a project in lieu of a thesis will take 1 credit of MAIS 798 and an additional 3 credit elective course from the courses listed under the electives requirement. Students who choose to write a thesis will take 4 credits of MAIS 799 and no additional electives.

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in Folklore Studies (FLKS)

This concentration explores the processes of tradition that move through multiple expressive forms, such as folktales, folk beliefs, folk medicine, folk art, folksong, and literature. A discipline based on ethnographic fieldwork, folklore offers students a chance to work in communities and collect living traditional materials that are critical to human identity and values. Interdisciplinary by nature, folklore thrives on local particularities and compelling global connections. Internships in the many Washington, D.C., metropolitan area folklore organizations are central to students’ experiences. This course of study prepares students for careers in cultural agencies, governmental organizations, teaching institutions, and advanced study in the humanities.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete at least 6 credits of courses from outside the English Department.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Six core courses (18 credits)

Special topics in folklore (9 credits) chosen from:

Courses may be repeated.

ENGH 590 - Topics in Folk Narrative

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies

ENGH 798 - Directed Reading and Research (take 3 credits)

Pathways in folklore scholarship (3 credits)

ENGH 681 - Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies (when topic is Pathways to Folklore Scholarship)

Internship in folklore (3 credits)

ENGH 604 - Internship in Folklore (take 3 credits)

Research methodology course (3 credits) chosen from:

ENGH 701 - Research in English Studies

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

SOCI 634 - Qualitative Research Methods

Specialization (9 credits)

Students choose an area of specialization which must be approved by a faculty advisor.  Specialization topics include public folklore (museums, archives, arts and humanities councils, and nonprofit organizations); folklore (ethnicity and immigration); folklore and literature; folklore and the teaching of writing and literature; folklore and history; and folklore and conflict resolution. Students can also opt for open specialization, with courses chosen in consultation with advisor. Possibilities include folklore and editing, applied storytelling, folklore and mythology, folklore and art history, folklore and gender studies, and folklore and communication.

One to two elective courses (3 to 6 credits)

Electives require the prior written approval of a faculty advisor. Student who elect to do a 1 credit project take 6 elective credits. Students who do a 4 credit thesis take 3 elective credits.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1 credit) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project  (take 1 credit)

 or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in Higher Education (HEDU)

This concentration prepares individuals for administrative and leadership positions in colleges and universities, associations, and government agencies whose activities affect higher education. Within the concentration, students may choose to emphasize administration or student affairs.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Four core courses (12 credits)

One course (3 credits) chosen from:

HE 621 - Higher Education in the United States

HE 601 - The Community College

Three additional core courses (9 credits)

Students choose relevant courses in consultation with an advisor.

One course (3 credits) of research methodology

One course (3 credits) of specialization

HE 722 - Organization and Administration in Higher Education

or

HE 644 - Student Services in Higher Education

Three to four elective courses (9-12 credits)

Students chose electives in consultation with their advisor. The number of elective credits will vary depending on the number of project credits.

Practicum (3 credits)

HE 685 - Practicum

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Individualized Concentration (IND)

This concentration is for students who wish to design a graduate program to meet the special needs of their careers and life plans. Students usually choose this option because traditional graduate programs do not meet their specific goals. Students, with help from their faculty advisor, design a unique program of study that includes courses from several academic departments.

Students have access to most graduate courses offered by Mason but must meet all course prerequisites.  Each student must submit a curriculum worksheet approved by the student's advisor and director during the first semester enrolled. Any subsequent amendments must have the approval of the student's advisor and the director.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Disciplinary focus (12 to 18 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits in one discipline.

Complementary disciplines (9 to 18 credits)

Students take 9-18 courses in complementary disciplines. These require the approval of faculty advisor and MAIS director.

Research methods (3 credits)

Students take a research methods course approved by faculty advisor and MAIS director.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in Neuroethics (NETH)

The MAIS concentration in neuroethics is a joint program of the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program and the Department of Philosophy. It offers students a unique opportunity to study key ethical issues arising from advances in neuroscience research and technologies. The degree is sutiable for students interested in doctoral work in neuroscience, cognitive science, clinical bioethics, or the study of law. It also can serve as an entry point for employment into government or private sector industries of ethic and policy related brain science issues.

The degree is intended for students interested in doctoral work in neuroscience, cognitive science, or bioethics. It also can help students who will work on medical and scientific research projects in government or the private sector.

Admission to the Neuroethics Program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in many fields. Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in at least two of the following academic areas as evidenced by 18 or more credits of undergraduate or graduate course work.

Biology
Bioengineering
Chemistry
Ethics/Philosophy
Medical Education
Neuroscience
Psychology

Students in the MAIS program in neuroethics must complete 32 course credits consisting of a proseminar, five core courses and six electives that match the educational objectives of the student. In addition, students are required to write a thesis or complete a two-semester project, for a total of 36 credits.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Five core courses (13 credits) in ethics and neuroscience

PHIL 640 - History of Ethical Theory

PHIL 642 - Biomedical Ethics

NEUR 602 - Cellular Neuroscience

NEUR 612 - Neuroethics

NEUR 709 - Neuroscience Seminars

18 credits (6 courses) of electives

Students may choose to specialize in cognitive neuroethics or public neuroethics. All students are encouraged to plan their course work in consultation with the neuroethics concentration head.

Specialization in Cognitive Neuroethics

Take 18 credits from the courses below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor.

BIOL 572 - Human Genetics

COMM 620 - Health Communication

NEUR 600 - Chemistry and the Brain

NEUR 651 - Molecular Neuropharmacology

NEUR 741 - Introduction to Neuroimaging

NEUR 702 - Research Methods

NEUR 742 - Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 527 - Introduction to Neurobiology

PSYC 531 - Mammalian Neurobiology

PSYC 557 - Psychometric Methods

Specialization in Public Neuroethics

Take 18 credits from the courses below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor.

COMM 620 - Health Communication

COMM 639 - Science Communication

COMM 642 - Science and the Public

NEUR 611 - Philosophical Foundation of Neuroscience

NEUR 651 - Molecular Neuropharmacology

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

PHIL 645 - Research Ethics

PHIL 694 - Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (when the topic is related to neuroethics)

PHIL 721 - Advanced Seminar in Philosophy (when the topic is related to neuroethics)

PHIL 733 - Current Issues in Cognitive Science

PSYC 527 - Introduction to Neurobiology

PSYC 685 - Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project or thesis (3 credits)

Students cap their study by writing a master's thesis or completing a two-semester project in an area of neuroethics. The project may involve student observation and involvement in scientific research, clinical work, or policy setting.

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 3 credits)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 3 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in Religion, Culture, and Values (RCV)

The concentration in religion, culture, and values is particularly relevant for students who are interested in careers in law, national and international government, print and media journalism, library sciences, archives and museums, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, and religious communities and institutions. The Washington, DC metropolitan area is rich in the presence of many major religious traditions and their places of worship.

The core courses introduce students to the study of religion as a unique and rigorous intellectual discipline. Students learn to evaluate a variety of perspectives on religion and gain a clear understanding of the dimension of the sacred in all aspects of human life including those commonly designated "secular". Students discover how religious perceptions of the sacred respond to an evolving world and relate to and influence cultures, institutions, and values.

Students also examine the effects of historical crises and the forces of change on religions including contemporary religious pluralism and inter-religious dialogue. Students gain a deeper knowledge of specific traditions and a more profound understanding of values and worldviews from the viewpoint of cultural diversity and religious pluralism.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Two core courses (6 credits) chosen from:

RELI 630 - Approaches to the Study of Religion

RELI 631 - Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality

RELI 632 - World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue

RELI 635 - World Religions in Transition and Transformation

Two or three courses (6 to 9 credits) in religious studies chosen from:

RELI 591 - Special Topics in Religious Studies (may be repeated for credit)

RELI 633 - Ethical Perspectives of World Religions

RELI 636 - Religion and the Natural Environment

RELI 642 - Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture

One course in research methodology (3 credits) chosen from:

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

SOCI 634 - Qualitative Research Methods

Two or three courses in a specialization (6 to 9 credits)

Specialization in religion, culture, and communication

Students take the course below and one or two other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

COMM 605 - Intercultural Communication

Specialization in religious traditions and conflict analysis and resolution

CONF 695 - Selected Topics (if appropriate)

CONF 702 - Peace Studies

CONF 722 - Conflict and Religion

Specialization in religion, culture, and ethics

RELI 633 - Ethical Perspectives of World Religions

PHIL 640 - History of Ethical Theory

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

Specialization in religion, values, and international politics

GOVT 540 - International Relations

GOVT 741 - Advanced Seminar in International Politics (if appropriate)

One to four elective courses (3 to 12 credits)

Students choose electives in consultation with their advisor, bearing in mind their specialization, project, or thesis topic. Any of the courses under the specializations listed above or courses from other disciplines listed below may be used as electives.

ANTH 535 - Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I

ANTH 615 - Ritual and Power in Social Life

ANTH 684 - Independent Study in Sociocultural Anthropology

COMM 605 - Intercultural Communication

CONF 695 - Selected Topics

CONF 702 - Peace Studies

CONF 722 - Conflict and Religion

EDUC 537 - Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners

ENGH 591 - Topics in Folklore Studies

GOVT 540 - International Relations

GOVT 741 - Advanced Seminar in International Politics

HIST 510 - Approaches to Modern World History

PHIL 617 - Movements and Issues in the History of Political Philosophy

PHIL 640 - History of Ethical Theory

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

SOCI 614 - Sociology of Culture

WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

â–²Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship (SOCE)

The concentration in social entrepreneurship will equip students with the subject matter expertise, strategic knowledge, technical support, and social networks needed to create, operate, develop, and accelerate startups; bring ideas to scale; and improve an existing program's effectiveness. These future leaders will learn about sustainability, ethical leadership, strategic management, and working effectively within complex networks made up of divergent groups of stakeholders. All students will complete a capstone research project and an experiential learning requirement that deliver practical knowledge and real-world experience. This degree is suitable for students seeking careers in government, business, or the non-profit sector.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Three core courses (9 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) in social entrepreneurship and leadership

INTS 595 - Experiential Learning (take 3 credits when topic is Foundations of Social Innovation)

INTS 595 - Experiential Learning (take 3 credits when topic is leading Social Change)

One course (3 credits) in business chosen from:

GBUS 540 - Analysis of Financial Decisions

GBUS 697 - Special Topics in Graduate School of Business (when topic is Introduction to Entrepreneurship)

MBA 711 - Entrepreneurship

Interdisciplinary perspectives and competencies in social entrepreneurship (9 credits)

Students take three courses from the list of competencies below to complement the skills they have already acquired through formal education and professional experience, or other courses to enhance their skills, including oral and written communication, that are chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Environmental and Public Policy

EVPP 638 - Corporate Environmental Management and Policy

PUBP 761 - Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

PUBP 784 - Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Public Policy

Finance and Accounting

GBUS 540 - Analysis of Financial Decisions

PUAD 655 - Philanthropy and Fund Raising

PUAD 664 - Nonprofit Financial Management

Business and Project Management

GBUS 697 - Special Topics in Graduate School of Business (when topic is Introduction to Entrepreneurship) or MBA 711 - Entrepreneurship Credits: 3

MBA 712 - Project Management

MBA 714 - Managing Growth of Small Businesses

MBA 752 - Turning Ideas into Successful Companies

PUAD 505 - Introduction to Management of Nonprofits

PUAD 658 - Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Enterprise

PUAD 659 - Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics

Leadership and Well-Being

INTS 595 - Experiential Learning (when topic is Mindfulness and Leadership)

Subject Matter Expertise (9 credits)

Students must develop expertise in the social problem they seek to address through entrepreneurship. Possible areas of focus include global and/or local poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, conflict resolution, women's rights, racial inequality, educational and health-care access, climate change, environmental sustainability, and human rights, among other possible topics.

Students take:

INTS 540 - Contemporary Issues in Social Justice & Human Rights

and

6 credits of courses related to the student's chosen subject matter area of expertise, chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Experiential Learning Requirement (3 credits)

 Students will seek out and/or create an opportunity for experiential learning that aligns with a social mission. Experiential learning opportunities can include internships, service-learning, consulting projects, and field studies or research (including overseas). Because the intention is to develop and apply newly acquired skills, students may not use work done previously or their current employment to fulfill this requirement. All experiential learning projects must be approved by the social entrepreneurship concentration head the semester before registering for the course. Students may register for an individualized section of INTS 595 - Experiential Learning or another graduate-level internship or practicum course to fulfill this requirement. Students must complete the experiential learning component before registering for MAIS 798 or MAIS 799.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 4 credits)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

The social justice and human rights concentration is designed to cultivate a deep theoretical understanding of the social, political, cultural, historical, and economic implications of a wide array of social injustices and human rights issues. Students are engaged in the applied process of imagining and actualizing holistic and complex strategies for creating and sustaining a more equitable, just, and humane world.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Two core courses (6 credits)

One foundational course (3 credits)

INTS 540 - Contemporary Issues in Social Justice & Human Rights

One ecological justice course (3 credits)

CONF 682 - Principles of Environmental Conflict Resolution

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

SOCI 635 - Environment and Society

Emphasis courses (9 credits)

Students complete 9 credits of courses with an emphasis on a specific social justice or human rights issue or context or a specific region, chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Examples of issue emphases include racial justice, human trafficking, or children's rights. Context emphases examples include the education, corporate, or government sector. Regional emphases examples include the Middle East, Latin America, or Southeast Asia.

Elective courses (12 credits) chosen from:

Students complete 12 elective credits from the following, chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. At least 6 of these credits must focus on a social justice or human rights issue, context, or region unrelated to the student's chosen emphasis.

CONF 601 - Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution

CONF 695 - Selected Topics

CONF 702 - Peace Studies

CONF 709 - War, Violence, and Conflict Resolution

CONF 720 - Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution

CONF 722 - Conflict and Religion

CONF 723 - Conflict and Gender

CONF 728 - Human Rights Theory and Practice in Comparative Perspective

CONF 739 - Collective Action, Social Movements, and Globalization

CONF 746 - Peace Building

CONF 749 - World Religions, Violence, and Conflict Resolution

HE 606 - Diversity in Higher Education

EDUC 537 - Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners

EDUC 892 - Social Justice and Equity in International Education

EDUC 894 - Seminar in Multicultural Education

GOVT 727 - Restorative Justice

GOVT 841 - Ethics and Human Rights in International Affairs

PUAD 642 - Environmental Policy

PUAD 649 - Advocacy and Lobbying

PUBP 736 - International Migration and Public Policy

PUBP 765 - Human Smuggling and Trafficking

SOCI 605 - Gender and Social Structure

SOCI 623 - Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives

SOCI 641 - Micro Sociology: Inequality and Everyday Life

WMST 600 - Special Topics (when topic is Narratives of Human Rights: Violations Against Women and Girls; Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights; or Gender, Sexuality, and Disability)

WMST 630 - Feminist Theories across the Disciplines

WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues

One research methods course (3 credits) chosen from

HE 610 - Research Designs in Higher Education

WMST 610 - Feminist Approaches to Social Research

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in War and the Military in Society (WMS)

Recent events have demonstrated the degree to which military issues affect social groups, global politics, and the world economy. Understanding the ways in which armies are raised and funded, the reasons troops serve, the conditions military personnel and civilians endure during wartime, and the multifaceted and evolving ways in which nations conceive of the military apparatus has direct bearing on future policy decisions.

The concentration in war and the military in society emphasizes scholarship that examines issues of international security and conflict in the past, present, and future. It equips students with the skills to understand the interconnected nature of those elements and to examine critically the ways in which they have changed and continue to change over time.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Four core courses (12 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

ANTH 721 - Culture, Power, and Conflict

BIOD 610 - Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (take 3 credits; when topic is U.S. military intervention since Vietnam)

GOVT 745 - International Security

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic is The American Civil War)

HIST 675 - Problems in Military History

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War

Six to seven elective courses (18-21 credits)

Students choose electives in consultation with an advisor, bearing in mind their specialization and proposed topic for their project or thesis. Students interested in the intellectual consideration of the military, war, and society should choose courses in anthropology, history, religious studies, and sociology. Students interested in practical applications of the study of the military, war, and society to contemporary security issues should choose courses in biodefense, geography, and government. Students may take additional courses from the core requirements as electives with permission from their advisor, but their coursework overall must include at least six credits in two or more disciplines.

Students who choose to do a project complete seven elective courses (21 credits); those who choose a thesis complete six elective courses (18 credits).

BIOD 609 - Biodefense Strategy

BIOD 706 - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security

GGS 590 - Selected Topics in Geography (when topic is Military Geography or insurgency)

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic is the Fall of the Roman Empire)

RELI 632 - World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue

HIST 679 - War and Remembrance

WMST 600 - Special Topics (when topic is Women and Nationalism)

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum of 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

◊ Concentration in Women and Gender Studies (WGST)

The concentration in women and gender studies promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional boundaries. Students combine required coursework in women and gender studies with courses in a discipline of interest such as history, literature, sociology, anthropology, health, education, philosophy, social work, conflict analysis and resolution, or the arts. The program accommodates both full-time and part-time students.

Of the coursework required for this concentration as described below, at least 24 credits must be in courses related to the study of women and gender and 12 credits in courses in a field focus.  All courses related to the study of women and gender must be approved by the head of the concentration in women and gender studies.  Students must earn a grade of B or higher in the core courses.

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking the MAIS degree and a master's degree in another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs. Students approved to pursue dual master's study linking the MAIS degree with a concentration in women and gender studies and the MA philosophy degree will complete WMST 630/PHIL 658 and 3 additional credits of WMST courses to apply to the philosophy degree as elective credit. Six credits of approved PHIL credits will apply to the MAIS degree as elective credit.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Three core courses (9 credits)

WMST 630 - Feminist Theories across the Disciplines

WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues

WMST 610 - Feminist Approaches to Social Research

Field focus (12 credits)

Students complete 12 credits in one field (not limited to a single discipline) chosen and developed in consultation with a faculty advisor, including 9 credits in a course that addresses the study of women and gender.

Elective courses (9 to 12 credits)

Students must take at least 6 credits in courses that address the study of women and gender and that are not part of the field focus. Three of these credits must be in a WMST designated course. WMST 611 - Feminist Research Practice is not required but is highly recommended.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (minimum 1 credit)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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