Douglas Bowles, (816) 235-1394, firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctoral Faculty Participation
Douglas Bowles (Economics), SSC Director
Robert Gamer (Political Science)
John Henry (Economics)
Shannon Jackson (Sociology/Anthropology)
Erik Olsen (Economics)
Jim Sturgeon (Economics)
Linwood Tauheed (Economics)
James Webb (Economics)
The Social Science Consortium is a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program administered by the School of Graduate Studies.
Note: The discipline-specific requirements listed here are in addition to the requirements listed in Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Application Procedure and Minimum Criteria for Admission and Minimum Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements earlier in this section.
Discipline-Specific Admission Requirements
The Social Science Consortium is only available as a co-discipline option, not as a coordinating-unit discipline, and has no discipline-specific admission requirements. Recommendations for admission are made by a designated sub-committee of SSC doctoral faculty (see above) which reviews all applications. Newly admitted students are assigned an interim SSC faculty advisor, pending formation of their supervisory committee.
Suggested Compatible Coordinating Disciplines
Curriculum and Instruction, Economics, Geosciences (with a geography focus), History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Affairs and Administration, Sociology and Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education.
Core Program Requirements
The Social Science Consortium Program of Study requires 15 hours of dedicated coursework.
The following three courses (9 hours) are required:
∑ SocSci 5610 - Introduction to Interdisciplinary Social Science
∑ SocSci 5621 - Consensus Social Theory
∑ SocSci 5630 - Seminar in Research Methodology
One course (3 hours) in critical interdisciplinary social theory is required. Students may select one from among the following:
∑ SocSci 5622 - Pragmatism and Evolutionary Social Theory
∑ SocSci 5690A - Marxian Social Theory
∑ SocSci 5690B - Post-Modern and Interpretive Social Theory
∑ SocSci 5690C - Critical Realism
The final course (3 hours) is elective, but must be approved by the studentís SSC program advisor. Disciplinary graduate-level courses are, in general, eligible as electives, and some are pre-approved:
∑ Econ 5688 Colloquium on Political Economy
∑ PolSci 5680 Traditions, Theories, and Trends in Political Science
∑ Soc 5503 Controversies in Contemporary Social Theory and Practice
The 3 hour elective can also be satisfied by taking an additional critical theory course (see listing above), or with 3 hours of Directed Readings (SocSci 5690, or a disciplinary equivalent), subject to the advisorís approval.
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