Social Science M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
Program Director: Paul McCartney
410-704-5218
pmccartney@towson.edu

The Master of Science degree program in Social Science offers the opportunity for professional enhancement especially in content areas of the social sciences. Experienced teachers wishing to return to the university to study the latest advancements in theoretical, methodological and substantive issues in the social sciences will be especially served. The Global Analysis track of study will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue or continue careers in a number of different settings, including human rights, homeland security and intelligence, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and policy analysis. The program is also open to all post-baccalaureate students and may be of particular interest to professionals active in government and applied fields attracted to the latest developments in the social sciences.

Students will follow a program of study coordinated by the departments of Economics; Geography and Environmental Planning; History; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. The program aims to familiarize students with research, theoretical advances, applications and methodological approaches to current topics important to the field of social sciences and the world. The program exposes students to interdisciplinary approaches to related subjects and also allows them to specialize in a discipline of particular interest.

There are two possible tracks of study: the General track and the Global Analysis track. Each track has different degree requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university** with a GPA of 3.00 during last 60 undergraduate units

Send the following admission materials to:

University Admissions
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

  • Three letters of recommendation each accompanied by a graduate recommendation form
  • A two-page statement of intent

Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in Graduate Admissions.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

GENERAL TRACK

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the 36-unit program of study, including 18 units of core requirements.
  • Completion of 18 units beyond the required core with 12 units required within a selected discipline and 6 units required within any of the other five program disciplines. For the Thesis Option, 6 of the 12 units within the selected discipline will be thesis units.
  • Students choose their departmental disciplinary emphasis.
  • Within each disciplinary emphasis students choose between the Thesis and Professional Presentation options.

The offerings within the core program of study for this track will include:

SOSC 600INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO GLOBAL PROBLEMS3
Select five of the following:15
GEOGRAPHER'S VIEW
COMPARATIVE HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY
THE ECONOMIST'S PERSPECTIVE
AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
SOCIOLOGICAL INSIGHT
DEVELOPMENTAL HUMAN LEARNING: A LIFESPAN APPROACH
ADVANCED FEMINIST THEORY
Total Units18

Thesis Option

500-700-level courses (two from selected discipline)9
600-700-level courses (any other discipline)3
Thesis (within track department)6
Total Units18

Professional Presentation Option

500-700-level courses (in selected discipline)12
600-700-level courses (any other discipline or disciplines)6
Professional Presentation Students must deliver a peer-reviewed presentation for a university or local or national conference organized by their chosen discipline, or give a presentation to an assembly of Towson University faculty and program peers
Total Units18

Transfer Credit

Students may apply 6 transfer units with the grade of “B” or better to the elective requirements only within the selected disciplinary emphasis. The program director must approve transfer credit. Approval may be conditional upon the submission of previous written work. All transfers are subject to the seven-year statute of limitations.

Final Portfolio

The program requires that all students prepare a final portfolio of their work under the direction of their track adviser. For portfolio submission requirements, visit www.towson.edu/msosci.

Exit Interview

Each graduating student must schedule an exit interview with the program director to be held no later than two weeks prior to the end of the term in which the student has applied for graduation.

GLOBAL ANALYSIS TRACK

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the 36-unit program of study, including 15 units of core requirements.
  • Completion of 15 elective units beyond the core courses.
  • Completion of 6 thesis units.
  • Demonstration of language proficiency at the intermediate level. Four terms of college-level foreign language training are required to complete this requirement. Students may complete this by taking Elements I and II and Intermediate I and II at Towson University or by passing an Equivalence Examination at the intermediate level, administered by the Department of Foreign Languages each November. Students who have taken several years of a language in high school will need to consult the chair of Foreign Languages to determine the necessary steps needed to fulfill this language requirement. Students whose native language is one other than English should consult the program director.

The offerings within the core program of study for this track will include:

SOSC 600INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO GLOBAL PROBLEMS3
Select four of the following:12
GEOGRAPHER'S VIEW
COMPARATIVE HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY
THE ECONOMIST'S PERSPECTIVE
EAST ASIAN SECURITY ISSUES, 1945-PRESENT
WOMEN IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
Total Units15

Electives: Regional or Topical Selections

Students may follow one of two directions when choosing electives in the Global Analysis track. They may choose to focus their studies on a particular region of the world (e.g., the Middle East or Latin America), or they may take a broader, more topical approach, focusing for instance on inequality and power from a comparative perspective. For the regional focus, at least three of the five electives must be related to the geographical area of emphasis. For the topical focus, students should strive to connect all five electives with a thematic emphasis. For either choice, students must consult with the program adviser in selecting appropriate courses. The following list provides possible course options for the electives within the Global Analysis track. Students may select other electives not listed below, subject to the approval of the program adviser.

NOTE: Students should keep in mind the Graduate Studies policy that only three courses at the 500 level can be applied to the graduate degree.

ANTH 530TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY3
ANTH 567PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST3
ANTH 568GLOBALIZATION IN CROSS-CULTURE PERSPECTIVE3
ANTH 569TRADITION AND REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA3
GEOG 511CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 562GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA3
GEOG 564GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA3
GEOG 565GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST3
GEOG 568GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA3
HIST 511HISTORY OF MODERN SOUTHEAST ASIA3
HIST 513REVOLUTIONARY CHINA3
HIST 530NATIONALISM IN 20TH CENTURY EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA3
HIST 607LATIN AMERICA & THE UNITED STATES3
HIST 684DISEASE AND HISTORY3
PHIL 502PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA AND JAPAN3
POSC 509COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS3
POSC 512THE LATIN AMERICAN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES3
POSC 551THE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA3
POSC 591SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY3
PSYC 532CROSS CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY3
SOCI 533POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY3
SOSC 625TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES3
SOSC 626TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES3
SOSC 627TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES3
SOSC 628TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES3
SOSC 629TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES3
SOSC 630TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES3

Thesis

6 units are required to complete this component. Students choosing the Regional Focus plan must write the thesis in their area of regional focus. Students choosing the Topical Focus are encouraged to pursue a thesis in their particular topical area. There is no Professional Presentation option for the Global Analysis track of study.

Transfer Credit

Students may apply 6 transfer units with the grade of “B” or better to the elective requirements, at the discretion of the program director. The program director must approve transfer credit. Approval may be conditional upon the submission of previous written work. All transfers are subject to the seven-year statute of limitations.

Final Portfolio

The program requires that all students prepare a final portfolio of their work under the direction of their track adviser. For portfolio submission requirements, visit www.towson.edu/msosci.

Exit Interview

Each graduating student must schedule an exit interview with the program director to be held no later than two weeks prior to the end of the term in which the student has applied for graduation.

1. Students will be able to understand, and communicate effectively about, contemporary social issues from a broad, multi-disciplinary perspective.
2. Students will demonstrate currency, depth, and analysis of content knowledge related to their particular social science discipline (or across several social science disciplines).
3. Students will exhibit the ability to research and assess specialized knowledge of a particular area.
4. Students will demonstrate informational and technological competencies relevant to the social sciences.

Courses

SOSC 600 INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO GLOBAL PROBLEMS (3)

Interdisciplinary approaches to global problems; comparative frameworks; issues include economic integration, urbanization, environment.

SOSC 601 GEOGRAPHER'S VIEW (3)

The role of geography within the social sciences through an exploration of recent trends in the discipline.

SOSC 602 COMPARATIVE HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY (3)

Examination of selected topics in comparative history, including consideration of the developed and less developed world. Exploration of competing approaches and leading historiographical issues.

SOSC 603 THE ECONOMIST'S PERSPECTIVE (3)

Use of economic concepts and tools (such as cost and benefit, supply and demand) to facilitate logical thinking about complex social issues and, therefore, to promote understanding of society and of other social sciences.

SOSC 604 EAST ASIAN SECURITY ISSUES, 1945-PRESENT (3)

Examines the post war search for security and stability in East Asia through economic development, diplomacy, and military action by the major powers, such as the United States, Japan, the People's Republic of China, and the Soviet Union. The efforts of smaller states, such as North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan also merit attention. Focus on the historical continuities in security concerns from the pre- to post-Cold War eras.

SOSC 605 AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY (3)

The course will constitute the political science department's core offering to the Master of Science degree in Social Science. It will address the change and continuity in American politics and American political science in the last 50 years.

SOSC 606 SOCIOLOGICAL INSIGHT (3)

Theories, methods and substantive issues in sociology. Consideration of recent advances in sociological research.

SOSC 609 DEVELOPMENTAL HUMAN LEARNING: A LIFESPAN APPROACH (3)

Provides graduate students with basic theories, historical development and application of scientific methods to human learning.

SOSC 625 TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Content will be selected from different areas of the Social Sciences to complement course offerings and the needs of students and the program. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units provided a different topic is taken each time.

SOSC 626 TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Content will be selected from different areas of the Social Sciences to complement course offerings and the needs of students and the program. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

SOSC 627 TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Content will be selected from different areas of the Social Sciences to complement course offerings and the needs of students and the program. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

SOSC 628 TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Content will be selected from different areas of the Social Sciences to complement course offerings and the needs of students and the program. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

SOSC 629 TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Content will be selected from different areas of the Social Sciences to complement course offerings and the needs of students and the program. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

SOSC 630 TOPICS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (3)

Content will be selected from different areas of the Social Sciences to complement course offerings and the needs of students and the program. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

SOSC 787 DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL READINGS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE (1-6)

Permit students in the Master of Science Program in Social Science to undertake individual readings at the graduate level in a topic potentially not covered by existing courses. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and 18 units of SOSC courses.

SOSC 797 DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH IN SOCIAL SCIENCES (1-3)

Research and reading with a social science topic to be selected by the instructor and the student. No more than 6 units may be applied toward a degree. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and 18 units of SOSC core courses.

SOSC 897 SOCIAL SCIENCE THESIS (6)

Topically selected research and reading within a specifically selected social science discipline for the purpose of producing a master's thesis. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and 18 units of SOSC core courses.

SOSC 898 SOCIAL SCIENCE THESIS (3)

Topically selected research and reading within a specifically selected social science discipline for the purpose of producing a master's thesis. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and 18 units of SOSC core courses.

SOSC 899 SOCIAL SCIENCE MASTER'S THESIS CONTINUUM (1)

Individual research and writing of master's thesis. Prerequisite: 6 units of SOSC 897 or SOSC 898.