Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Graduate Study

Units within the College of Social Science offer programs leading to degrees of Master of Arts, Master of International Planning Studies, Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science, Master of Social Work, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and Doctor of Philosophy.

The following dual degree program is co-sponsored by the College of Social Science and Michigan State University College of Law: Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations and J.D.

For information about the following interdisciplinary specializations, graduate certificates, and degree programs, see the referenced section of this catalog.  The College of Social Science is lead sponsor of:

  1. Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspective for all master’s and doctoral students at Michigan State University (see statement on this specialization in the Department of Sociology section)
  2. Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Infancy and Early Childhood, for master’s or doctoral students in the departments of Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology, or MSW students in the School of Social Work, and in a number of other departments and programs at MSU (see statement on this specialization, below)
  3. Graduate Specialization in International Development, for all master’s or doctoral students at Michigan State University (see statement on this specialization, below)
  4. Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science, for master’s or doctoral students in Geography or Psychology, and in a number of other departments and programs at MSU (see statement on this specialization, below)
  5. Graduate Specialization in Environmental Policy for master's or doctoral students enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University (see statement on this specialization below)
  6. Graduate Specialization in Environmental Science and Policy for doctoral students enrolled in doctoral degree programs in departments and programs emphasizing environmental science and policy (see statement on this specialization, below)
  7. Graduate Specialization in Judicial Administration for all master’s students at Michigan State University (see statement on this specialization in the School of Criminal Justice section
  8. Graduate Specialization in Security Management, for master's degree students enrolled in master's degree programs at Michigan State University (see statement on this specialization in the School of Criminal Justice section)
  9. Graduate Specialization in Forensic Science, for doctoral students enrolled in doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University (see statement on this specialization in the School of Criminal Justice section)
  10. Graduate Specialization in Global Urban Studies, for doctoral students enrolled in doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University (see statement on this specialization below)
  11. Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies, for graduate students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan State University (see statement on this certificate below)
  12. Graduate Certificates in Youth Development and Youth Program Management and Evaluation, in collaboration with The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) (see statements on these certificates in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies section)
  13. Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Social System Modeling, for graduate students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan State University (see statement on this certificate below).

The College of Social Science is a co-sponsor of:

  1. Interdepartmental Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior for doctoral students in Anthropology or Psychology (see statement on this doctoral program in the College of Natural Science section)
  2. Graduate Specialization in Food Safety for master’s students in Sociology (see statement on this specialization in the College of Veterinary Medicine section)
  3. Interdepartmental Ph.D. degree program in Neuroscience (see statement on this doctoral program in the College of Natural Science section)
  4. Graduate Specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change, for master’s or doctoral students in the College of Social Science (see statement on this specialization in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources section)
  5. Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women's and Gender Studies, which is administered by the Program in Women, Gender and Social Justice, for master’s or doctoral students (see statement on this specialization in the College of Arts and Letters section)

Requirements for the various degrees are summarized below.  For complete requirements of any given program or degree, contact the appropriate unit in the college and see the Graduate Education section of this catalog. A student must meet the standards of the university, college, and unit.

 


Master of Arts

Most students in the College of Social Science pursue the Master of Arts degree, although several other master's degree programs are available through the College.

Requirements for the Degree

A maximum of 8 credits is allowed for thesis research.

Academic Standards

The accumulation of grades below 3.0 (including N grades in the P–N grading system) in more than two courses of three or more credits each removes the student from the degree program; this policy does not apply to courses below the 400 level unless the courses are required for the student's program.

Time Limit

The time limit for completion of the master's degree is six years from the beginning of the first semester in which credit was earned toward the degree.

Other Master's Degrees 

Other degrees at the master's level offered by the College are listed below. For a description and summary of the requirements for each degree, consult the section of this catalog devoted to the appropriate department or school. The statements on Academic Standards and Time Limit for the Master of Arts degree also apply to all other master's degrees in the College.

               
DEGREE         DEPARTMENT OR SCHOOL  
Master of International Planning Studies  School of Planning, Design and Construction  
Master of Human Resources  School of Labor and Industrial Relations  
Master of Science  Department of Geography, School of Criminal Justice  
Master of Public Policy  Department of Political Science  
Master of Social Work  School of Social Work  
Master in Urban and Regional Planning School of Planning, Design and Construction  

Doctor of Philosophy

The successful completion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree requires scholarly ability of a high order. Ph.D. degree programs, with emphasis on specialization and research, are offered in each of the departments in the College of Social Science.

Academic Standards

A doctoral student may earn grades below 3.0 (including N grades in the P–N grading system) in not more than two of the courses required by the guidance committee.

 


Chicano/Latino Studies, Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Chicano/Latino Studies prepares scholars, researchers, and teachers in the social sciences and humanities to develop expertise in the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanos and Latinos in their social, cultural, political, and economic contexts. The program emphasizes global, trans-disciplinary, comparative, and applied approaches to knowledge which enhance collaborative scholarly efforts within the university, peer educational institutions, and the broader community. It addresses Chicano and Latino experiences in home communities in the United States, and international dimensions and diaspora experiences involving communities in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.   

Admission

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chicano/Latino Studies is based on an evaluation of the student’s academic record, Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores, letters of recommendation, written statements, and other information such as professional experience and related achievements. Applicants without master’s degrees or sufficient course work may be admitted provisionally and be required to complete a specified number of collateral courses, not to count toward the degree, before regular admission is granted. 

Guidance Committee

The graduate director will guide students in the selection of courses for the first year. By the end of the second semester of the first year, students should choose their major professor and their guidance committee. The committee shall consist of at least four members, at least two in Chicano/Latino Studies and up to two in related fields.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Chicano/Latino Studies

               
1. Students must complete 30 credits from the following:  
  a. All of the following courses:  
    CLS 810 Historiography and Social Science: Methods in Chicano/Latino Studies 3
    CLS 811 Literary and Cultural Theory in Chicano/Latino Studies 3
    CLS 893E Readings in Chicano/Latino Studies 1 to 4
    CLS 894 Fieldwork in Chicano/Latino Studies 1 to 4
    CLS 896 Seminar in Chicano/Latino Studies 3
  b. A minimum of 3 credits in research methods in an area of specialization.  
  c. Electives from the following: American studies, anthropology, English, history of art, history, music, resource development, sociology, and Spanish. The course work must be selected from an approved course list in consultation with the student's guidance committee.  
2. Complete Spanish, Nahuatl, or another Amerindian language to fulfill the language requirement. Demonstrate advanced reading proficiency by passing oral and written examinations.  
3. Pass two comprehensive written examinations as arranged by the guidance committee, one in Chicano/Latino Studies and one in the student’s area of specialization.  
4. Complete 24 credits of CLS 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.  
5. Submit the dissertation proposal to the guidance committee and successfully pass the oral examination in defense of the dissertation.  

Chicano/Latino Studies - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies exposes students to methodologies specific to Chicano/Latino Studies, and to debates in the field that reflect larger transformations in United States culture and society. Students interested in research related to Chicanos and Latinos in the United States will find this certificate program of interest.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies, students must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Be currently enrolled in a Michigan State University graduate degree program other than the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Chicano/Latino Studies.
  3. Have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies

               
1. Complete all of the following courses (9 credits):  
  CLS 810 Historiography and Social Science: Methods in Chicano/Latino Studies 3
  CLS 811 Literary and Cultural Theory in Chicano/Latino Studies 3
  CLS 896 Seminar in Chicano/Latino Studies 3
2. Complete 3 credits in related content from another department or graduate-level program as approved by the Chicano/Latino director. This requirement may be met by either: (1) a graduate-level course that includes at least 50% Chicano/Latino studies content, or (2) a graduate-level course in which the student completes a research assignment addressing a Chicano/Latino studies topic related to course content.  

Environmental and Social System Modeling - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Social System Modeling is designed for students who desire to understand a variety of modeling techniques used to address environmental problems that span human and natural systems. The certificate program exposes students to a range of state-of-the-art techniques including agent-based modeling, systems dynamics modeling, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Social System Modeling

                 
Students must complete 9 credits from the following:  
1.   Both of the following courses (3 credits):  
    ESP 850 Introduction to Environmental and Social System Modeling 1
    ESP 890 Modeling Environmental and Social Systems 2
2.   Two of the following courses (6 credits):  
    CSUS 851 Modeling Natural Resource Systems 3
    GEO 869 Geosimulation 3
    SOC 883 Multi-Equation Quantitative Models 3