Folklore
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Requirements

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 MA in interdisciplinary studies with a 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.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2015-2016)

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 the 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

CTCH 601 - The Community College

CTCH 602 - College Teaching

CTCH 603 - Higher Education in the Digital Age

CTCH 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

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 particularly relevant for students who are pursuing or interested in pursuing careers in energy and environmentally related applications in the law, national and international policy, government, print and media journalism, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, ethics, business, and basic and applied research.

Sustainability by definition aims to meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainability education lies within the intersection of environmental science and engineering, economics and business, public policy, and many other areas. Energy is a crucial component of sustainability.  

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Two to three policy courses (6-9 credits) chosen from:

Some of the courses listed may not be offered in a given semester. Thus students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses in consultation with an advisor.

ECON 695 - Special Topics in Economics

EVPP 505 - Selected Topics in Environmental Science (take 3 credits)

EVPP 638 - Corporate Environmental Management and Policy

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

PUBP 710 - Topics in Public Policy (take 3 credits)

or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor

Two to four courses (6-12 credits) in planning, modeling, and management chosen from:

Some of the courses listed may not be offered in a given semester. Thus students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses in consultation with an advisor.

CEIE 501 - Sustainable Development

CEIE 601 - Infrastructure Modeling

EVPP 692 - Master's Seminar in Environmental Science and Public Policy (can be repeated for credit)

EVPP 693 - Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy

or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor

Two to five courses in basic science (6-15 credits)

One required course (3 credits)

PHYS 581 - Topics in Renewable Energy

One to four courses (3-12 credits) chosen from:

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

CSI 685 - Fundamentals of Materials Science Credits: 3 or PHYS 615 - Fundamentals of Materials Science

CSI 720 - Fluid Mechanics

CHEM 633 - Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics

PHYS 614 - Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials

or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor

One research methods course (3 credits)

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

CSI 690 - Numerical Methods

OR 682 - Computational Methods in Engineering and Statistics

OR 763 - Research Methods in Systems Engineering and Information Technology or SYST 763 - Research Methods in Systems Engineering and Information Technology

SOCI 620 - Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry

or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor

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 Film and Video Studies (FAVS)

The concentration emphasizes film and video studies and its components including videoconferencing, multimedia, and editing. As low-end, high-quality video equipment becomes more affordable, more organizations (for profit and nonprofit) are investing in in-house production studios and staff. Their needs include traditional videography, videoconferencing, web design, multimedia, and digital editing.

Five academic units offer courses relevant to the concentration: Within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department offers a course in film theory. College of Education and Human Development offers courses in interactive and distance learning, which provide a background for pedagogy and a wide spectrum of interactive skills. Within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Film and Video Studies Program offers courses in the theory and practice of video production and screenwriting and the Art and Visual Technologies Department offers courses on computer-mediated visual applications, including the study of multimedia tools and design, digital and electronic art, animation, and virtual reality.

Students must have a basic knowledge of video production. Students with little or no video experience must take FAVS 599 (when the topic is Video Production) within the first 9 credits of the program. Students with video experience who wish to waive this requirement must provide a demo reel of their past work.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Five to six required courses (15-19 credits)

FAVS 599 - Special Topics (take 3 credits when topic is Video Production)
This requirement may be waived by the director for students with a video production background. They take an additional 3 credits of electives.

FAVS 570 - Screenwriting

ENGH 670 - Visual Culture: Theories and Histories or COMM 655 - Theory and Practice of Digital Communication

AVT 599 - Special Topics in Art and Visual Technology (take 4 credits) or FAVS 535 - Sound and Lighting

FAVS 550 - Internship

FAVS 590 - Independent Study (take 3 credits) or FAVS 597 - Independent Production (take 3 credits)

Elective courses (12 to 16 credits)

The number of elective credits will vary depending on whether required introductory course is waived and whether the student took AVT 599 (4 credits) or FAVS 535 (3 credits). Students may take courses from the list below or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

A total of 6 credits combined of EDIT 571 and EDIT 572 may be applied to the degree.

AVT 620 - Theory, Criticism, and the Visual Arts

AVT 685 - Video Art

FAVS 599 - Special Topics (take 3 credits)

COMM 590 - Seminar in Communication

COMM 602 - Theories and Research of Mass Communication

COMM 696 - Directed Readings and Research

EDIT 571 - Visual Design and Applications

EDIT 572 - Digital Audio/Video Design and Applications

ENGH 555 - Introduction to Cinema Studies

HIST 697 - Creating History in New Media

or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project or thesis (3 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 3 credits)

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 3 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:

CTCH 621 - Higher Education in the United States

CTCH 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

CTCH 622 - Organization and Administration in Higher Education or CTCH 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)

CTCH 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 concentration in neuroethics offers students the opportunity to study ethical issues arising from recent scientific and medical advances in conjunction with advanced training in neuroscience. The curriculum helps students develop their skills in critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking and to make well‑founded ethical decisions. Students will become familiar with the basic theories of current neuroscience, as well as the philosophical issues raised by these theories.

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.

This concentration is offered jointly by the Department of Philosophy and the Neuroscience Program.

Admission to the neuroethics concentration is open to students with undergraduate degrees in any field. All students should have taken the following basic courses in life science and philosophy (or their equivalents) before admission to the program or should complete them shortly thereafter: PHIL 173 - Logic and Critical Thinking, BIOL 213 - Cell Structure and Function, BIOL 482 - Introduction to Molecular Genetics, CHEM 314 - Organic Chemistry II.

Students without the biology and chemistry pre-requisites can fill these requirements once admitted to the program by taking NEUR 600 and other courses recommended by the concentration director. These courses cannot be applied to degree requirements.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Six core courses (18 credits) in ethics and neuroscience

PHIL 640 - History of Ethical Theory

PHIL 642 - Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 645 - Research Ethics

NEUR 741 - Introduction to Neuroimaging

NEUR 742 - Cognitive Neuroscience

NEUR 602 - Cellular Neuroscience

12 credits of electives

Students must take at least 3 credits of philosophy and 3 credits of science. Other philosophy or neuroscience courses may be used to meet this requirement with prior written approval of the director of the program.

PHIL 621 - Philosophy of Science

PHIL 643 - Environmental Ethics

PHIL 733 - Current Issues in Cognitive Science

PSYC 527 - Introduction to Neurobiology

PSYC 531 - Mammalian Neurobiology

PSYC 557 - Psychometric Methods

PSYC 685 - Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 701 - Cognitive Bases of Behavior

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior

BIOL 572 - Human Genetics

NEUR 702 - Research Methods

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal

Project or thesis (4 credits)

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

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project

or

MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis

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

Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship (SOCE)

This concentration promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students combine required coursework in social entrepreneurship, management, public policy, public and international affairs, and leadership with courses aimed at individual student's areas of specialization and hands on learning activities. Through this powerful blend of academic courses and experiential learning opportunities (i.e., the practical and the theoretical), students will graduate with the knowledge of leading edge concepts and research-based approaches, as well as the field experience necessary to succeed as social innovators.

Students earning an MAIS with a concentration in social entrepreneurship will learn about the roles that technology, public policy, market based approaches, research, leadership, strategy, and communication play in implementing solutions to urgent challenges around the globe. Whether they work in government, industry, or the citizen (non-profit) sector, these future leaders will be exposed to cutting edge knowledge related to sustainability, ethical leadership, strategic management, and working effectively within complex networks made up of divergent groups of stakeholders. Further, students will be equipped with the experience, strategic knowledge, technical support, and the social networks needed to create, operate, develop and accelerate startups, bring ideas to scale, and improve program effectiveness.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar

Three core courses (9 credits)

Students take three core courses in social entrepreneurship and leadership.

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

NCLC 595 - Experiential Learning (take 3 credits when topic is Leading Social Change)

PUAD 658 - Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Enterprise or PUBP 761 - Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

9 credits in interdisciplinary perspectives on social entrepreneurship

Students take at least one course from each of areas below.

Public Policy

PUBP 761 - Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy (if not taken as a core course)

ITRN 769 - International Entrepreneurship

PUBP 781 - Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

PUBP 784 - Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Public Policy

Management

MBA 674 - Ethical and Social Environment of Business in the 21st Century

MBA 711 - Entrepreneurship

MBA 714 - Managing Growth of Small Businesses

MBA 719 - Entrepreneurship Laboratory

MBA 752 - Turning Ideas into Successful Companies

Public Administration

PUAD 505 - Introduction to Management of Nonprofits

PUAD 654 - The Community, Marketing, and Public Relations

PUAD 655 - Philanthropy and Fund Raising

PUAD 658 - Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Enterprise

PUAD 659 - Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics

Disciplinary Focus (9 credits)

Students complete 9 credits in one discipline chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Possible areas include existing courses in health and human services, education and human development, public and international affairs, engineering, management, conflict and resolution, or public policy.

Internship (3 credits)

 Students must complete an internship 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)

NCLC 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

CTCH 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

CTCH 710 - 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 Biodefense (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 and Policy

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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