Sample M.A. Programs

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The following programs are chosen to suggest the range of subjects students might choose to investigate for the M.A. degree, and to show possible paths to the degree in terms of distribution of courses.

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M.A. Sample Program 1

Student is interested in the intersection of race, politics, and new religious movements, and is writing a thesis on the Moorish Science Temple of America; this student minored in American Sign Language at the undergraduate level and will fulfill the language requirement by petitioning the department.
 

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Fall, Year One

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Spring, Year One

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  • COMPSTD 6100 Critical Foundations: Comparative Analysis
  • COMPSTD 7360 Theorizing Culture
  • COMPSTD 8100 Interdisciplinary Learning Lab
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  • COMPSTD 6200 Critical Foundations: Interdisciplinarity and Methods
  • COMPSTD 8200 Interdisciplinary Learning Lab
  • POLITSC 7140 Race and Ethnicity
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Fall, Year Two

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Spring, Year Two

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  • COMPSTD 6500 Teaching Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • AFAMST 5650 Blackness and the Body in Science and Medicine
  • COMPSTD 7999 Research in Comparative Studies: Thesis
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  • COMPSTD 8872 Seminar in Religious Studies
  • + 6 student hours for thesis writing
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M.A. Sample Program 2

Student is interested in urban ethnography and grassroots environmental activism, and is pursuing a non-thesis option; this student is studying Spanish and will fulfill the language requirement by passing a proficiency examination in Fall of Year Two.
 

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Fall, Year One

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Spring, Year One

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  • COMPSTD 6300 Critical Foundations: Cultural and Social Theory
  • COMPSTD 6500 Teaching Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • COMPSTD 8100 Interdisciplinary Learning Lab
  • + Spanish language classes
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  • COMPSTD 6400 Critical Foundations: The Humanities and Collaborative Practices
  • COMPSTD 8200 Interdisciplinary Learning Lab
  • COMPSTD 5189 Comparative Studies Field School
  • + Spanish language classes
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Fall, Year Two

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Spring, Year Two

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  • COMPSTD 6750.01 Introduction to Graduate Study in Folklore I: The Philology of the Vernacular
  • COMPSTD 7340 Theorizing Science and Technology
  • SPANISH 5461 Latino Urbanism and the Reinvention of the American City
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  • COMPSTD 7256 Complex Ethnography
  • COMPSTD 8193 Independent Study 
  • + 3 student hours for preparation of final paper