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 Sociology-Anthropology


Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Emeritus: M. Kennedy

Professors: S. Altorki, D. Cole, N. S. Hopkins (Chair), S. Joseph, S. Ibrahim, C. Nelson (Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Associate Professors: A. Bayat, N. Nosseir

Assistant Professors: M. Abaza, R. Abdulhadi, J. Fatayer, M. Peterson (Graduate Advisor)

Master of Arts

The program emphasizes the interdisciplinary role of sociology and anthropology in theoretical and applied research on issues of development and social change in the Middle East and Africa. The program concentrates on gender and religion, social organization, symbolism, theory and methodology, and Arab world studies.

Admission

The applicant for this program should be a graduate of high standing from an undergraduate program in any of the human sciences. Those who lack this background but who are exceptionally well qualified in other respects may be admitted provisionally. In such cases the department may prescribe a noncredit program of work in theory or method for one or two semesters to correct deficiencies. Students should normally start the graduate course sequence in the fall.

Language

The candidate for the degree must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. The language exam is normally taken in Arabic and, in the case of native speakers, is intended to ensure that the student can work as a professional in that language. In some cases a student may offer French, German, or another major language.

Courses

Eight courses (24 credits) are required. All students must take: SOC/ANTH 500 Social Thought, and either SOC/ANTH 505 Ethnographic Research or SOC/ANTH 506 Survey Methods. The remaining six courses should be chosen from the list of electives, each of which is offered in principle at least once in a two-year period. A maximum of six hours of 400-level courses in sociology and anthropology or of 500-level courses in other disciplines may be taken with departmental approval.

Comprehensive Examination

The written exam covers the theory and methodology of both sociology and anthropology and a field of specialization related to the student's program of coursework. The exam may not be taken more than twice. An oral examination will be given immediately following the written test if further evidence of the candidate's knowledge is deemed necessary by the department.

Thesis

All students must complete a research or library thesis in accordance with university regulations. Before commencing work on the thesis, the student must have a thesis proposal approved by three faculty members.

Sociology-Anthropology Courses (SOC/ANTH)
 

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

500

Social Thought

502

Structure and Process in Egyptian Society

503

Middle Eastern Societies and Cultures

505

Ethnographic Fieldwork

506

Survey Research

507

Introduction to Forced Migration and Refugees

510

Problems in Sociology-Anthropology

515

Kin, Friends, and Neighbors

520

Sex Roles, Gender, and Society

525

Religion, Ideology, and Society

530

Stratification and the State

535

World Systems and Development

540

Agrarian and Pastoral Transformation

545

Cities: Structure and Dynamics

550

Sociology of Knowledge

555

Comparative Health and Healing Systems

560

Population Dynamics

565

Ethnicity, Identity and Nationalism

570

Environment and Society

575

Modern Social Movements

576

Issues in Forced Migration

584

Practicum: Internship or Research

588

Comprehensives

591

Guided Research

599

Research Guidance and Thesis

 

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