Concentrations

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Green Leaf

The MA in interdisciplinary studies is for students who seek a master's degree that integrates knowledge from several disciplines. It addresses the rapidly evolving demand for unique graduate study by promoting advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students can pursue one of the following structured interdisciplinary concentrations and also have the opportunity to design an individualized concentration to meet the special needs of their careers.

The MAIS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability is a Green Leaf program

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Philosophy, MA and Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS Dual Degree

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking philosophy and another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs. Students approved to pursue dual master's study linking the MA philosophy degree and the Interdisciplinary Studies, MAIS with a concentration in women and gender studies will complete WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines/PHIL 658 Feminist Theory and 3 additional credits of WMST courses approved by the Department of Philosophy to apply to the philosophy degree as elective credit. Six credits of approved PHIL credits will apply to the MAIS degree as elective credit. Application to the second master's program should be pursued with consultation of the directors of both programs. Admission to the second master's program will require that the student has met the minimum prerequisites for admission to the second program. If a student lacks the minimum prerequisites and seeks to be admitted to a second master's program, the director of the second program may identify ways in which the prerequisite can be completed prior to admission.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Concentration in Computational Social Science (CSS)

Computational social science (CSS) is a relatively new interdisciplinary science in which social science questions are investigated with modern computational tools. Computational social scientists investigate complex social phenomena such as economic markets, traffic control, and political systems by simulating the interactions of the many actors in such systems on computers. They hope to gain insights which will lead to better management of the behavior of the larger social systems, i.e., prevention of market crashes, smoothed traffic flow, or maintenance of political stability. The intractability of many social problems calls for the new approaches provided by computational social science.

CSS is a highly interdisciplinary field that requires teams to plan and complete projects, be they undertaken by government, industry, or non-profit entities. Project managers of such teams, overseeing all elements of project design and execution, tend to hold PhDs. The MAIS concentration will train students to be members of these project teams, able to meaningfully contribute to background research and to project design, execution, and communication.

Prior background should include a bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences, in computer science, in engineering, or in a relevant discipline, as well as undergraduate courses in these and related areas. Bachelor’s degrees in other areas are also eligible, but the student may be required to take additional courses in social science, mathematics, or computer science as prerequisites to admission.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Required Courses 1  
CSS 600 Introduction to Computational Social Science 3
CSS 605 Object-Oriented Modeling in Social Science 3
CSS 610 Agent-based Modeling and Simulation 3
Electives 2  
Select three electives from the following: 9
CSS 620
Origins of Social Complexity  
CSS 625
Complexity Theory in the Social Sciences  
CSS 645
Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions  
CSS 692
Social Network Analysis  
CSS 739
Topics in Computational Social Science  
Total Credits 18

Research Course

The research course provides students with exposure to the most current ongoing research in the field and allows them to further develop their computational research expertise.

Select one from the following: 3
CSS 796
Directed Reading and Research  
CSS 898
Research Colloquium in Computational Social Science  
CSS 899
Colloquium in Computational Social Science  
Total Credits 3

Electives

The electives allow students to acquire a substantive specialization as well as additional training in social and computational science. Because of the broad spectrum of social science phenomena, methodologies, and student backgrounds, there is a large pool of potential courses. Electives may include any Mason master's-level course in computational social science, social science, computer science, statistics, or other quantitative methods such as data visualization, information technology, and geographic information science. Electives should be selected in conjunction with and approval of the student's advisor and the Director of CSS Graduate Studies. If the student does not have prior coursework in multivariate statistical analysis, the electives should include at least one such course relevant for the student's chosen specialization.

Students who elect to complete a 4-credit thesis take 9 elective credits. Students who complete a 1-credit project take 12 elective credits.

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Nine to twelve credits of electives 9-12
Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 13

Concentration in Energy and Sustainability (EAS)

This concentration is designed for students interested in careers in energy and sustainability-related positions in the public, private, or non-profit sectors, including law, national and international policy, media, government, and business. As one of the University's Green Leaf academic programs, the concentration in energy and sustainability focuses on finding ways to meet present needs for energy and material goods without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainability education lies at the intersection of environmental science, engineering, economics, business, public policy, social justice, and many other areas. Energy required to fuel all of these endeavors is a crucial component of sustainability.

Required Course of Interdisciplinary Studies Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses in Energy and Sustainability

Required Courses  
EVPP 533 Energy Policy 3
GGS 507 Geographic Approaches on Sustainable Development 3
Natural Science Course  
PHYS 581 Topics in Renewable Energy 3
or GEOL 521 Geology of Energy Resources
Total Credits 9

Energy, Sustainability or Environmental Policy

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select two courses from the following: 6
BIOD 760
National Security Technology and Policy  
Special Topics in Economics 1  
EVPP 505
Selected Topics in Environmental Science (take 3 credits) 2  
EVPP 638
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy  
EVPP 642
Environmental Policy  
GGS 525
Economics of Human/Environment Interactions  
POGO 550
Topics in Policy and Government (when topic involves environmental or sustainability policy)  
PUBP 710
Topics in Public Policy 3  
Total Credits 6

Humanities or Social Science Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Issues

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select two courses from the following: 6
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns  
Problems in American History 1  
Special Topics in Economics 2  
Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights  
ITRN 760
International Environmental Politics  
Environmental Ethics  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Total Credits 6

Planning, Modeling, or Management

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select one from the following: 3-4
CEIE 601
Infrastructure Modeling  
EVPP 650
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling  
EVPP 693
Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)  
Total Credits 3-4

Natural Science

Students choose from the following courses or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Select one from the following: 3
CLIM 690
Scientific Basis of Climate Change  
EVPP 607
Fundamentals of Ecology  
EVPP 677
Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management  
Total Credits 3

Electives

Students who wish to take MAIS 798 Interdisciplinary Studies Project for their capstone research experience will take one course (3 credits) of electives from courses listed below or other relevant course chosen in consultation with an advisor. They may also fulfill this requirement with experiential learning. Students who wish to take MAIS 799 Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis will not take an elective course or pursue experiential learning credits.

Select 0-3 credits from the following: 0-3
BIOD 760
National Security Technology and Policy  
CEIE 601
Infrastructure Modeling  
CEIE 664
Transportation Engineering and the Environment  
CLIM 690
Scientific Basis of Climate Change  
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns  
Special Topics in Economics 1  
EVPP 505
Selected Topics in Environmental Science (take 3 credits) 1  
EVPP 607
Fundamentals of Ecology  
EVPP 638
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy  
EVPP 642
Environmental Policy  
EVPP 650
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling  
EVPP 677
Applied Ecology and Ecosystem Management  
EVPP 693
Directed Studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy (take 3 credits)  
GEOL 521
Geology of Energy Resources  
GGS 525
Economics of Human/Environment Interactions  
Problems in American History 2  
Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights  
ITRN 760
International Environmental Politics  
Experiential Learning (or other relevant graduate-level internship or practicum course) 3  
Environmental Ethics  
PHYS 581
Topics in Renewable Energy  
PUBP 710
Topics in Public Policy 2  
PUBP 721
Transportation Economics  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Total Credits 0-3

Research Methods Course

Students choose one of the following courses or other relevant courses in consultation with an advisor.

Select one course from the following: 3
BINF 690
Numerical Methods for Bioinformatics  
EVPP 632
Qualitative Research Methods for Environmental Scientists  
EVPP 650
Ecosystem Analysis and Modeling  
EVPP 651
Multivariate Data Analysis for Ecology and Environmental Science  
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
OR 682
Computational Methods in Engineering and Statistics  
POGO 511
Introductory Data Analysis for Policy and Government  
PUBP 710
Topics in Public Policy 1  
Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry  
Total Credits 3

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Students who wish to do a project in lieu of a thesis will take 1 credit of MAIS 798 Interdisciplinary Studies Project and an additional 3 credit elective course from the courses listed under the electives requirement. Students who choose to write a thesis will take 4 credits of MAIS 799 Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis and no additional electives.

Zero to three credits of electives 0-3
Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 4

Concentration in Folklore Studies (FLKS)

This concentration explores the processes of tradition that move through multiple expressive forms, such as folktales, folk beliefs, folk medicine, folk art, folksong, and literature. A discipline based on ethnographic fieldwork, folklore offers students a chance to work in communities and collect living traditional materials that are critical to human identity and values. Interdisciplinary by nature, folklore thrives on local particularities and compelling global connections. Internships in the many Washington, D.C., metropolitan area folklore organizations are central to students’ experiences. This course of study prepares students for careers in cultural agencies, governmental organizations, teaching institutions, and advanced study in the humanities.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete at least 6 credits of courses from outside the English Department.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Special Topics in Folklore  
Select 9 credits from the following: 1 9
Topics in Folk Narrative  
Topics in Folklore Studies  
Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies  
Directed Reading and Research (take 3 credits)  
Pathways in Folklore Scholarship  
ENGH 681 Advanced Topics in Folklore Studies 2 3
Internship in Folklore  
Three credits of 3
Internship in Folklore  
Research Methodology Course  
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
Research in English Studies  
Topics in Folklore Studies 3  
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
The Study and Writing of History  
Qualitative Research Methods  
Total Credits 18

Specialization

Students choose an area of specialization which must be approved by a faculty advisor. Specialization topics include public folklore (museums, archives, arts and humanities councils, and nonprofit organizations); folklore (ethnicity and immigration); folklore and literature; folklore and the teaching of writing and literature; folklore and history; and folklore and conflict resolution. Students can also opt for open specialization, with courses chosen in consultation with advisor. Possibilities include folklore and editing, applied storytelling, folklore and mythology, folklore and art history, folklore and gender studies, and folklore and communication.

Electives

Electives require the prior written approval of a faculty advisor. Students who elect to do a 1 credit project take 6 elective credits. Students who do a 4 credit thesis take 3 elective credits.

Select one to two electives 3-6
Total Credits 3-6

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4

Concentration in Religious Studies (RELI)

The concentration in religious studies is particularly relevant for students who are interested in careers in law, national and international government, print and media journalism, library sciences, archives and museums, public and social service, teaching, advanced graduate studies, and religious communities and institutions. The Washington, DC metropolitan area is rich in the presence of many major religious traditions and their places of worship.

The core courses introduce students to the study of religion as a unique and rigorous intellectual discipline. Students learn to evaluate a variety of perspectives on religion and gain a clear understanding of the dimension of the sacred in all aspects of human life including those commonly designated "secular". Students discover how religious perceptions of the sacred respond to an evolving world and relate to and influence cultures, institutions, and values.

Students also examine the effects of historical crises and the forces of change on religions including contemporary religious pluralism and inter-religious dialogue. Students gain a deeper knowledge of specific traditions and a more profound understanding of values and worldviews from the viewpoint of cultural diversity and religious pluralism.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

RELI 600 Interdisciplinary Pathways in the Study of Religion 3
RELI 630 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion 3
Total Credits 6

Interdisciplinary Competencies in Religious Studies (9 credits)

Students take three courses from the list of competencies below to complement their interests and the skills they have already acquired through formal education and professional experience, or other courses that are chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics  
Aristotle: Selected Works  
Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit  
History of Ethical Theory  
Feminist Theory  
Issues in Religious Ethics  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Religion and Secularity in State and Society  
Religion and Law  
Islam and Human Rights  
Islamic Biomedical Ethics (Religion in the Americas)  
Religion in the Americas  
Religion in North America to 1870  
U.S. Religion since 1870  
Topics in U.S. Religious History  
Topics in American Religion  
Religion and Law  
Religions in Confliclt, Conversation, and Transition  
ANTH 545
Ritual and Power in Social Life  
CONF 653
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution  
CONF 722
Conflict and Religion  
Interreligious Dialogue  
Religion and Secularity in State and Society  
Islamic Texts and Contexts  
Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought  

Electives

Elective courses should complement the student's competencies, and/or reflect the topic of their project or thesis. Students take 15-18 credits of electives chosen from the courses listed below, or other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the concentration head. Students who do a project for their capstone will take 18 credits of electives. Students who do a thesis for their capstone will take 15 credits of electives.

Select 5-6 courses from the following:  
Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I  
Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar II  
ANTH 545
Ritual and Power in Social Life  
CONF 653
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution  
CONF 722
Conflict and Religion  
Humanism and the Renaissance  
Religion and Society in the Reformation Era  
Religion in North America to 1870  
U.S. Religion since 1870  
Topics in U.S. Religious History  
Aristotle: Selected Works  
Hegel's Phenomenology of the Spirit  
History of Ethical Theory  
Feminist Theory  
Interreligious Dialogue  
Issues in Religious Ethics  
Topics in American Religion  
Religion and the Natural Environment  
Religion and Secularity in State and Society  
Religion and Law  
Islamic Texts and Contexts  
Muslim Comparative Theologies: Sunni-Shi`i Religious Thought  
Islam and Human Rights  
Islamic Biomedical Ethics  
Ethnography  

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4

Concentration in Social Entrepreneurship (SOCE)

The concentration in social entrepreneurship will equip students with the subject matter expertise, strategic knowledge, technical support, and social networks needed to create, operate, develop, and accelerate startups; bring ideas to scale; and improve an existing program's effectiveness. These future leaders will learn about sustainability, ethical leadership, strategic management, and working effectively within complex networks made up of divergent groups of stakeholders. All students will complete a capstone research project and an experiential learning requirement that deliver practical knowledge and real-world experience. This degree is suitable for students seeking careers in government, business, or the non-profit sector.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership  
INTS 550 Social Innovation In Action 3
INTS 535 Leadership in a Changing Environment 3
Business  
Select one course from the following: 3
GBUS 540
Analysis of Financial Decisions  
GBUS 697
Special Topics in Graduate School of Business 1  
MBA 711
Entrepreneurship  
Total Credits 9

Entrepreneurship (9-12 credits)

Students take three or four courses from the list of competencies below to complement the skills they have already acquired through formal education and professional experience, or other courses to enhance their skills, including oral and written communication and research methods, that are chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students choosing the thesis option for their capstone take 9 credits including a research methods course. Students choosing the project option for their capstone take 12 credits total, with a research methods course being optional.

Environmental and Public Policy
EVPP 638
Corporate Environmental Management and Policy  
PUBP 761
Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy  
PUBP 784
Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Public Policy  
Finance and Accounting
GBUS 540
Analysis of Financial Decisions  
PUAD 655
Nonprofit Fund Raising and Resource Development  
PUAD 664
Nonprofit Financial Management  
Business and Project Management
GBUS 697
Special Topics in Graduate School of Business 1  
or MBA 711
Entrepreneurship
MBA 712
Project Management  
MBA 714
Managing Growth of Small Businesses  
MBA 752
Turning Ideas into Successful Companies  
PUAD 505
Introduction to Management of Nonprofits  
PUAD 658
Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise  
PUAD 659
Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics  
Leadership and Well-Being
Experiential Learning 1  
Experiential Learning 2  
Research Methods
Interdisciplinary Research Methods 1  

Subject Matter Expertise

Students must develop expertise in the social problem they seek to address through entrepreneurship. Possible areas of focus include global and/or local poverty, homelessness, human trafficking, conflict resolution, women's rights, racial inequality, educational and health-care access, climate change, environmental sustainability, and human rights, among other possible topics. The experiential learning requirement should be met through an opportunity that advances the student's understanding of their subject matter expertise.

Students take:

INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights 1 3
6 credits of courses related to the student's chosen subject matter area of expertise, chosen in consultation with the concentration head. 6
Experiential learning 3
Experiential Learning  
or other relevant experiential learning course chosen in consultation with the concentration head.
 
Total Credits 12

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 4

Concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

The social justice and human rights concentration is designed to cultivate a deep theoretical understanding of the social, political, cultural, historical, and economic implications of a wide array of social injustices and human rights issues. Students are engaged in the applied process of imagining and actualizing holistic and complex strategies for creating and sustaining a more equitable, just, and humane world.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Foundational Course  
INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights 3
Social Justice and Human Rights Courses  
INTS 537 Critical Race Studies 3
Choose one of the following: 3
WMST 602
Queer Theory  
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines  
Social Justice and Human Rights Issues and Movements  
Select one course from the following: 3
EDUC 892
Social Justice and Equity in International Education  
Access and Social Justice  
Animal Rights: Issues and Movements  
INTS 538
Representations of Race  
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives  
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability  
WMST 508
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights  
other relevant course chosen in consultation with the concentration head
 
Total Credits 12

Emphasis Courses

Select 6 credits of courses with an emphasis on a specific social justice or human rights issue or context or a specific region, chosen in consultation with the concentration head. The theme of the emphasis courses should be reflected in the student's experiential learning project. 1 6
Total Credits 6

Experiential Learning

Students will seek out and/or create an opportunity for experiential learning that deepens their understanding of social justice and/or human rights. Experiential learning opportunities can include internships, service-learning, consulting projects, and field studies or research (including overseas). The experiential learning requirement should be met through an opportunity that advances the student's understanding of their chosen emphasis. Because the intention is to develop and apply newly acquired skills, students may not use work done previously or their current employment to fulfill this requirement. All experiential learning projects must be approved by the social justice and human rights concentration head in the semester before registering for the course. Students may register for an individualized section of MAIS 795 Experiential Learning or another graduate-level internship or practicum course to fulfill this requirement.

MAIS 795 Experiential Learning 3
Total Credits 3

Electives

Students complete 6 or 9 elective credits from the following or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with the concentration head. Students who do a project for the capstone will complete 9 credits. Students who do a thesis for their capstone will complete 6 credits. 6-9
Culture, Power, and Conflict  
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns  
Special Topics in Communication 1  
CONF 658
Diversity and Difference in Conflict Analysis and Resolution  
CONF 682
Principles of Environmental Conflict Resolution  
CONF 702
Peace Studies  
CONF 707
Gender and Violence  
CONF 708
Identity and Conflict  
CONF 720
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution  
CONF 721
Conflict and Race  
CONF 723
Conflict and Gender  
CONF 728
Human Rights Theory and Practice in Comparative Perspective  
CONF 730
Structural Sources of Conflict  
EDUC 537
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners  
EDUC 606
Education and Culture  
EDUC 797
Advanced Topics in Education 2  
EDUC 874
The Achievement Gap  
EDUC 886
School Reform in the United States: Politics and Policies  
EDUC 887
Neighborhood, Community, Education Policy  
EDUC 892
Social Justice and Equity in International Education  
EDUC 894
Seminar in Multicultural Education  
Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature 3  
EVPP 637
Human Dimensions of Climate Change  
GOVT 727
Restorative Justice  
Diversity in Higher Education  
Access and Social Justice  
Special Topics in Higher Education 4  
Problems in American History 5  
Animal Rights: Issues and Movements  
INTS 538
Representations of Race  
Experiential Learning 6  
NUTR 594
Special Topics in Nutrition and Food Studies 7  
Environmental Ethics  
PUAD 642
Environmental Policy  
PUAD 649
Advocacy and Lobbying  
PUBP 762
Social Institutions and Public Policy  
PUBP 765
Human Smuggling and Trafficking  
Islam and Human Rights  
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives  
International Migration in the Age of Globalization  
Special Topics in Sociology 8  
Social Networks, New Media, and Inequality  
Institutions and Inequality  
Sociology of Human Rights  
SOCW 652
Influencing Social Policy  
SOCW 654
Social Policy for Children and Youth  
SOCW 663
Global Human Rights Policy  
SOCW 687
Empowering Communities for Change  
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
WMST 507
Transnational Sexualities  
WMST 508
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights  
WMST 509
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
Policing Black Bodies  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 9  
Special Topics 10  
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines  
Transnational and Global Feminisms  
Total Credits 6-9

Research Methods Course

Select one course from the following 3
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
Research Designs in Higher Education  
Feminist Approaches to Social Research  
Feminist Research Practice  

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4

Concentration in War and the Military in Society (WMS)

The concentration in war and the military in society equips students with skills and knowledge to evaluate, analyze, and solve problems related to the use of organized violence, including questions of national security and national strategy, international relations, defense policymaking, and domestic, fiscal, legal, and social policy surrounding the instruments of national defense. Students will engage in interdisciplinary coursework that provides a variety of methods and tools to frame and analyze these questions, using historical and contemporary case studies to better understand the dilemmas and opportunities facing policymakers and military professionals in their efforts to think strategically about a variety of challenges.

All students will complete a capstone research project that provides an opportunity to do deep research into an historic or contemporary case. In addition, students may also complete an experiential learning requirement that combines practical knowledge and real-world experience to engage in problems connected to war and society.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on War and the Military in Society  (27-30 Credits)

Students take 9-10 courses from 2 or more interdisciplinary perspectives below to complement the skills and subject matter expertise they have already acquired through formal education and professional experience, or other courses to enhance their portfolio that are chosen in consultation with the concentration head. Students who do a project (1 credit) in lieu of a thesis (4 credits) for their capstone will take an additional 3-credit course.

Historical Perspectives

These courses draw upon conflicts from two thousand years of human experience, from ancient Rome to contemporary issues in civil-military relations. The historical perspective focuses upon the past and the way that problems related to war and society have changed over time.

Problems in American History (when topic is The Second World War or Civil Military Relations)  
Topics in the American Civil War Era (when the topic is The Civil War)  
Era of the American Revolution  
Problems in European History (when the topic is Fall of the Roman Empire, The First Global Wars, Revolutions in the Atlantic, The Second World War, or Technology and Power)  
Problems in Military History  
The Vietnam War  
War and Remembrance  
Contemporary Policy Perspectives

These courses focus on the applied study of security and on concrete, modern-day issues related to the particular challenges of organized violence in the twenty-first century.

BIOD 609
Biodefense Strategy  
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control  
BIOD 722
Examining Terrorist Groups  
BIOD 725
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction  
BIOD 752
The Role of the Military in Homeland Security  
CONF 695
Selected Topics (when the topic is Urban Warfare)  
Human Systems  
GOVT 733
Islam and Politics  
POGO 750
Topics in Policy and Government (when the topic is Middle East Security, European Security, or International Money Laundering and Terror)  
PUBP 653
Interagency Operations in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings  
PUBP 654
Analysis for Peace Operations  
PUBP 751
International Police Operations  
Theoretical Perspectives

These courses focus on theories of war, peace, and security across a broad range of contemporary and historic cases and through a variety of disciplinary lenses.

BIOD 610
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (when the topic is Cyber Warfare Strategy/Policy)  
CONF 751
Dynamics of Civil Wars  
GGS 590
Selected Topics in Geography (when the topic is Military Geography or Insurgency)  
GOVT 540
International Relations  
GOVT 745
International Security  
POGO 750
Topics in Policy and Government (when the topic is Intelligence and Public Policy, Disruptive Technology and National Security, or Information Intelligence and Smart Power)  
PUBP 504
Grand Strategy  
PUBP 506
Ethics and the Use of Force  
Practical or Applied Perspectives
GBUS 551
Leadership  
Experiential Learning (or another graduate-level internship or practicum course chosen in consultation with the concentration head.) 1  

Research Methods

Students select one research methods course from the following: 3
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
The Study and Writing of History  
OR 651
Military Operations Research I: Cost Analysis  
OR 652
Military Operations Research Modeling II: Effectiveness Analysis  
POGO 750
Topics in Policy and Government (when topic is Qualitative Research Methods)  
Total Credits 3

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4

Concentration in Women and Gender Studies (WGST)

The concentration in women and gender studies promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional boundaries. Students combine required coursework in women and gender studies with courses in a discipline of interest such as history, literature, sociology, anthropology, health, education, philosophy, social work, conflict analysis and resolution, or the arts. The program accommodates both full-time and part-time students.

Of the coursework required for this concentration as described below, at least 24 credits must be in courses related to the study of women and gender and 12 credits in courses in a field focus. All courses related to the study of women and gender must be approved by the head of the concentration in women and gender studies. Students must earn a grade of B- or higher in the core courses.

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking the MAIS degree and a master's degree in another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs. Students approved to pursue dual master's study linking the MAIS degree with a concentration in women and gender studies and the MA philosophy degree will complete WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines/PHIL 658 Feminist Theory and 3 additional credits of WMST courses to apply to the philosophy degree as elective credit. Six credits of approved PHIL credits will apply to the MAIS degree as elective credit.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines 3
WMST 640 Transnational and Global Feminisms 3
WMST 610 Feminist Approaches to Social Research 3
Students take one course from each of the following areas. 1 6
Race and Intersectionality
 
Social Dynamics of Family Violence  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 2  
Special Topics 3  
Queer and Sexuality Studies
 
WMST 507
Transnational Sexualities  
WMST 509
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 4  
WMST 602
Queer Theory  
Total Credits 15

Electives

Students take 15-18 credits in elective courses that address the study of women and gender and that are not part of the core focus. Three of these credits must be in a WMST course from the list below. 1 15-18
Social Dynamics of Family Violence  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
WMST 507
Transnational Sexualities  
WMST 508
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights  
WMST 509
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies (can be repeated for credit)  
Special Topics (can be repeated for credit)  
WMST 602
Queer Theory  
Feminist Research Practice (not required but highly recommended)  
Internship  
Total Credits 15-18

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4

Individualized Concentration (IND)

This concentration is for students who wish to design a graduate program to meet the special needs of their careers and life plans. Students usually choose this option because traditional graduate programs do not meet their specific goals. Students, with help from their faculty advisor, design a unique program of study that includes courses from several academic departments.

Students have access to most graduate courses offered by Mason but must meet all course prerequisites.  Each student must submit a curriculum worksheet approved by the student's advisor and director during the first semester enrolled. Any subsequent amendments must have the approval of the student's advisor and the director.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Disciplinary Focus

Select a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits in one discipline 12-18
Total Credits 12-18

Complementary Disciplines

Students take 9-18 courses in complementary disciplines. These require the approval of faculty advisor and MAIS director. 9-18
Total Credits 9-18

Research Methods

Students take a research methods course approved by faculty advisor and MAIS director. 3
Total Credits 3

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4