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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Sciences (MA)

Program Director: Adam Lutzker
Program Manager: Linda Blakey

Program Faculty: Jennifer Alvey (WGS/ANT), John Ellis (HIS/IGS), Guluma Gemeda (AFA), Roy Hanashiro (HIS), Adam Lutzker (ECN), Derwin Munroe (POL), Heather Laube (SOC)

The MA in Social Sciences  program supports the missions of the University of Michigan-Flint and the College of Arts and Sciences by offering education to students within the service area, particularly those with complex lives. The program provides post-baccalaureate education in a field of study especially important for in-service teachers and administrators. The program also provides opportunity to students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. program in the social sciences after completion of the Master’s degree.


The Mission of the Master of Arts in Social Sciences is to prepare students who have an enhanced understanding of the social sciences, within and beyond the traditional scope of the United States and Europe. Graduates of the program should be able to: critically analyze primary and secondary texts; construct theses and arguments in the social sciences; interpret social science research; use appropriate documentation style; and write critically and analytically.


The Program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment/.

Transfer Credits

Up to six (6) semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted to transfer.  Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director.  Requests for transferring additional coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director.  Petitions will be reviewed jointly by the program director and the MA in Social Sciences Admission Committee.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)  and Graduate Study  for rules and regulations pertaining to all College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs.


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.

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

U.S. History and Politics Concentration

Gender Studies Concentration


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

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.

D. Cognate (3 credits)

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