Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Social Sciences (MA) Program Apart?

As one of the world’s most consequential cities, Flint is the ideal backdrop for the study of Social Sciences. Add to that the talent of Michigan-Flint faculty and the resources of the entire University of Michigan system, and it’s easy to see why UM-Flint is recognized for graduate studies excellence in the social sciences.

THREE CONCENTRATIONS AVAILABLE 

The Social Sciences program allows you to combine core courses with a concentration in one of three areas: U.S. History and Politics, Global Studies, and Gender Studies.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR LEARNING

In addition to the three offered concentrations, with consent of an advisor it is also possible to customize the program concentration courses to meet your specific needs.

FOR SCHOLARS

The program is excellent for bachelor-level graduates who wish to continue their exploration of social science disciplines and issues, including those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree.

FOR EDUCATORS

The MA in Social Science program is well suited for teachers seeking graduate-level education in their fields to meet professional standards or deepen their understanding. The program may be used to meet the State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) and can also be used to meet the Provisional Certificate first and second renewal.

FOR PROFESSIONALS

UM-Flint’s Master of Arts in Social Sciences is also a great match for professionals in the public or private sectors who wish to increase their knowledge of various social, historical, cultural, political, and economic themes.

FLEXIBILITY THAT FITS YOUR LIFE

The 30-hour graduate credit program is designed primarily for part-time students with evening and some online courses.

REAL RESULTS, REAL REWARDS

Critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills are greatly enhanced as a result of rigorous coursework and discussion, which offers benefits regardless of your profession. Graduates also gain deeper understanding of and appreciation for differences that abound across the global community, preparing them to interact with people of different backgrounds and cultures in the workplace and in society.

Courses

Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, distributed as follows, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. The program must be completed within six consecutive years.

A. Core Curriculum (12 credits)

  • SSC 501 - Social Theory (3)
  • SSC 502 - Political Economy (3)
  • SSC 503 - Gender, Race and Inequalities (3)
  • SSC 504 - World Historiography (3)

B. Concentration of Choice (12 credits) Four courses from one of the following concentrations*, with no more than three in a single area:

Global Studies Concentration

HISTORICAL/CULTURAL AREA

  • ANT 515 - Seminar on Contemporary Global Issues (3)
    or
  • INT 515 - Seminar on Contemporary Global Issues (3)
  • ANT 556 - World Religions (3)
  • HIS 574 - History of the British Empire since 1790 (3)
  • HIS 579 - Pacific World in Transition since 19th Century (3)
  • HIS 587 - Islam and Political Change (3)
  • SOC 575 - Social and Cultural Change (3)
    or
  • ANT 575 - Social and Cultural Change (3)
    or
  • INT 575 - Social and Cultural Change (3)

POLITICAL/ECONOMIC AREA

  • ANT 552 - Culture and Economy in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    or
  • INT 552 - Culture and Economy in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
     
  • ANT 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
    or
  • INT 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
    ​or
  • SOC 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
    ​or
  • WGS 576 - Sex, Work & International Capital (3)
  • ECN 566 - The Global Economy (3)
  • ECN 567 - World Economic History (3)
  • POL 533 - International Law and Organizations (3)
  • POL 541 - The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective (3)
  • POL 544 - Latin American Politics (3)
  • POL 545 - European Politics (3)
  • POL 549 - Politics of the European Union (3)
  • POL 559 - Comparative Revolutions (3)
    or
  • INT 559 - Comparative Revolutions (3)
     
  • POL 565 - Marxist Political Thought (3)

U.S. History and Politics Concentration

HISTORICAL/CULTURAL AREA

  • ANT 511 - Historical Archaeology (3)
  • HIS 510 - Era of the American Revolution (3)
  • HIS 511 - Conflict, Reform and Expansion: America before the Civil War (3)
  • HIS 521 - History of the United States Constitution, 1789 to Present (3)
  • HIS 528 - Emergence of the United States as a World Power since 1914 (3)
     
  • HIS 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States (3)
    or
  • AFA 534 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States (3)
  • POL 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology (3)
    or
  • ANT 551 - Political and Legal Anthropology (3)
     
  • SOC 558 - Religion in American Society (3)
  • SOC 571 - Social Movements in America (3)
  • SOC 585 - Sociology of Law (3)

POLITICAL/ECONOMIC AREA

  • ECN 521 - American Economic History (3)
  • ECN 573 - Law and Economics (3)
  • POL 523 - The US Congress (3)
  • POL 526 - The US Supreme Court (3)
  • POL 527 - The American Presidency (3)
  • POL 529 - Civil Liberties and the Constitution (3)
  • POL 537 - US Foreign Policy (3)
  • POL 575 - Politics and American Labor (3)
  • SOC 566 - Work, Occupations and Professions (3)
    or
  • PUB 572 - Work, Occupations and Professions (3)

Gender Studies Concentration

HISTORICAL/CULTURAL AREA

  • ANT 525 - Culture and Personality (3)
    or
  • SOC 525 - Culture and Personality (3)
    or
  • WGS 525 - Culture and Personality (3)
     
  • ANT 578 - Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    or
  • WGS 578 - Sex & Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
     
  • CRJ 500 - Gender, Crime and Justice (3)
    or
  • WGS 500 - Gender, Crime and Justice (3)
  • HIS 569 - History of Women in America I (3)
    ​or
  • WGS 569 - History of Women in America I (3)
  • SOC 574 - Gender and Society (3)
    or
  • WGS 574 - Gender and Society (3)
  • WGS 540 - Girls, Culture & Education (3)
    or
  • EDE 533 - Girls, Culture and Education (3)

POLITICAL/ECONOMIC AREA

  • ANT 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
    or
  • INT 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
    ​or
  • SOC 576 - Sex, Work and International Capital (3)
    or
  • WGS 576 - Sex, Work & International Capital (3)
     
  • POL 531 - Women and Work (3)
    or
  • WGS 531 - Women and Work (3)
    ​or
  • SOC 563 - Women and Work (3)
     
  • ECN 526 - Gender, Labor and Inequality (3)
    ​or
  • WGS 526 - Gender, Labor and Inequality (3)
     
  • WGS 585 - Women, Gender, and the Law (3)

Note

*Three credits of the following, may be applied toward a concentration with approval of advisor:

  • SSC 599 - Special Topics (1-3)

C. Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

Investigation of issues in social sciences in a particular area of student interest under the direction of a MA in Social Sciences faculty member.

  • SSC 591 - Capstone Seminar (3)

D. Cognate (3 credits)

Any graduate level course, including IGS study abroad courses, outside the track of concentration and with the approval of advisor.

Additional information on the The Master of Arts in Social Sciences including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Admission

Requirements

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

* You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, October 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.