THE 1-YEAR MA PROGRAM
Our program in Sociology and Social Anthropology emphasizes interdisciplinary and critical approaches to social issues. The integrated study of the two disciplines fosters an environment that is admittedly conscious of the historicity of social science categories and theories, their meaning in different cultures, and engagement in the practical world. The primary goal of the one-year program is to enable students to deepen and broaden their knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social phenomena, structures, and processes. Through a wide range of courses on social theory, migration, religion, ethnicity, culture and cultural policies, economic sociology, globalization, dynamics of modernity, institutional change, urban processes and gender relations, students are encouraged to elaborate a personal position with regard to the connection between the two disciplines in the topics they study. The program also offers its students courses and training in several social science methodologies, including ethnography, interviews, discourse analysis, survey research, quantitative methods, and/or historical methods.
The one-year MA program requires that students take a total of 34 course credits:
16 in the first semester, 16 in the second semester, and 2 in Spring. (1 credit = 1 x 50 minutes x 12 weeks = 600 minutes). In addition, 8 credits are allocated for thesis and defense (not included in the requested 34 credits).
THE 2-YEAR MA PROGRAM
Our program in Sociology and Social Anthropology emphasizes interdisciplinary and critical approaches to social issues. The integrated study of the two disciplines fosters an environment that is admittedly conscious of the historicity of social science categories and theories, their meaning in different cultures, and engagement in the practical world. The primary goal of the program is to enable students to deepen and broaden their knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social pheonomena, structures and processes. The program has a strong research component as one term is devoted to research for the thesis and two terms to designing and writing it. Students in the program acquire the required research skills through courses and training in various methodologies including ethnography, interviews, discourse analysis, survey research, quantitative methods, and/or historical methods.
The program aims more particularly, though not exclusively, to put a broad range of theories and methods in the service of critical studies of globalization and of urban phenomena. Students are invited to consider globalization and the urban as both material and theoretical objects that might be investigated as such or through local sites and cases studies. Local sites offer strategic windows onto larger-scale processes of globalization. Historically, ‘global’ phenomena are outcomes of the interplay between various scales, with cities as key geographic and material nodes.
Students in the Two-Year Program have the option, if they so chose, to specialize in Global and Urban Studies. This track is an innovative and interdisciplinary course of studies that focuses on the relation between global processes in general, and cities more particularly, and on the ways in which political, economic and social structures interact on the local, urban and global scales.
The Two-Year MA requires that students obtain a total of 48 credits through coursework. In some cases students may take more in consultation with their supervisor and the program director. The extra load should not exceed a few credit points in any case.
In the first year, a minimum of 30 course credits is to be undertaken. A further 8 course credits may be taken in the Fall term of the second year. All coursework (except for the thesis writing workshop) must be completed before undertaking research for the thesis in the Winter term of the second year.
Students who consider specialization should check with the MA program director both at the beginning of the program and again at the beginning of year two, to receive advise and ensure the requirements are met.
For those specializing in Global and Urban Studies 28 course credits should be obtained through mandatory course requirements. 12 should be obtained from elective coursework, including 8 cluster of courses specifically labelled “Urban and Global Studies Electives”.
Purposes, Goals and Objectives
The purpose of the program is to offer doctoral-level education matching the highest international standards in the fields of Sociology and Social Anthropology for prospective scholars and teachers.
The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology offers a doctoral program accredited by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (US) for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department.
It does not have separate Sociology and Anthropology tracks; both disciplines are integrated in a common program. Funding is for three years and the dissertation must be defended within five years of passing the Comprehensive Examination.
The department encourages empirical research using a wide variety of methodologies but expects theoretically informed approaches which embrace a broad intellectual agenda. We especially welcome projects that promote the integration of sociological and anthropological perspectives as well as methodologies. The program encourages dissertation projects with comparative approaches.