College of Liberal Arts

Social Science (M.S.) - Global Analysis

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the 36-unit program of study within a span of 7 years.
  • Completion of 15 units of core requirements.
  • Demonstration of language proficiency at the intermediate level.
Four terms of college-level foreign language training are required to complete this requirement.*

*Students may complete this by taking Elements I and II and Intermediate I and II at Towson University or by passing an Equivalence Examination at the intermediate level, administered by the Department of Foreign Languages each November. Students who have taken several years of a language in high school will need to consult the chair of Foreign Languages to determine the necessary steps needed to fulfill this language requirement.

Program Curriculum

Core Courses:

  • SOSC 600 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Problems (3)

And four of the following:

  • SOSC 601 The Geographer’s View (3)

  • SOSC 602 The Historian's Approach: Comparative History and Historiography (3)

  • SOSC 603 The Economist's Perspective (3)

  • SOSC 604 East Asian Security Issues, 1945-Present (3)

  • WMST 605 Women in International Context (3)

Elective Courses

Students may follow one of two plans when choosing electives in the global analysis track. Students may choose between Plan A (Regional Focus) and Plan B (Topical Focus). Plan A allows students to focus their studies on a particular region of the world (e.g., the Middle East or Latin America), whereas Plan B allows students to take a broader, more topical approach, focusing for instance on inequality and power from a comparative perspective. For both plans, it should be noted, students must consult with the program advisor in selecting appropriate courses.

Plan A: Regional Focus

Under this plan, at least three (3) of the five (5) electives, taken from the Approved List, must consist of courses related to the geographical region of emphasis, subject to the discretion of the program advisor.

Plan B: Topical Focus

Under this plan, students may choose any five (5) courses from the Approved List. The program advisor will oversee the selections to maintain that thematic and topical goals are met. Note: Students should keep in mind the Graduate Schools policy that only three (3) courses at the 500 level can be applied to the graduate degree.

Students may also select other electives not listed above, subject to the approval of the program advisor.

Independent Study - Available to students after completion of 18 Core credits.

Thesis: SOSC 897/898

Six (6) credits are required to complete this component. Students choosing Plan A must write their thesis in their area of regional focus. Students choosing Plan B are encouraged to pursue a thesis in their particular topical area. There is no professional presentation option for the global analysis track of study.

Transfer Credit

Students may apply 6 transfer credits with the grade of B or better, to the elective requirements, at the discretion of the program advisor. The program coordinator must approve transfer credits. Approval may be conditional upon the submission of previous written work. All transfers are subject to the seven-year statute of limitations.

Final Portfolio

The program requires that all students prepare a final portfolio of their work under the direction of their adviser.

M.S. SOSC candidates are required to submit a professional portfolio in order to ensure that they have mastered program goals. Due dates for portfolios will correspond with University schedules for Masters’ Comprehensive Examinations: approximately April 1st for May graduation, July 1st for August graduation, and November 1 for January graduation. Exact dates for each year will be printed in a letter from the director and on the M.S. SOSC webpage. Each M.S SOSC candidate will submit his or her portfolio to the Program Director, who will then distribute them to the advisory board members. It is recommended that students make duplicate portfolios for their own professional use as they are often useful as part of job interviews.

There are two possible grading outcomes for the portfolio: (1) Pass—No revisions necessary; (2) Does not pass; Revisions required. If the board deems the portfolio acceptable, the portfolio will pass. If the board deems the portfolio unsatisfactory, the student will be asked to revise and resubmit the portfolio. The student must resubmit the portfolio prior to the deadline for graduation. If the resubmission does not meet requirements, the student will be considered to have failed the portfolio requirement and will not graduate.

Click Here to view the Contents of the Portfolio

For more information, please contact:

Cindy Bollinger
Administrative Assistant
Master's of Science in Social Science
Room 217 Linthicum Hall
Application Deadline:
Rolling Admissions


David Jun joined the Social Sciences program to help him further his career as a history teacher.



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