Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2017-25
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: November 28, 2016
Date of Second Reading: January 30, 2017
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts - for the establishment of a graduate degree – MS in Integrative Social Science
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The MS in Integrative Social Science is an advanced degree program designed to cross-educate students in the social sciences to meet the complex issues that confront the human society in the 21st century. Integration is the fusion of all major fields of the social sciences, including political science, economics, sociology and philosophy. Graduates of the program are expected to have proficiency in the theories and methodologies of each field with the ability to apply those theories and methodologies across a spectrum of problems. This integrative degree program prepares graduates for both advanced study in doctoral programs as well as for practice.
The emphasis of the program lies in bridging traditional disciplinary boundaries to immerse students in the myriad of theories and skills available across disciplines, which otherwise would elude them with traditional disciplinary or interdisciplinary social science programs.