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The Master of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies (MACS) degree program requires an 11-course (33 credits) sequence that includes four core classes, one practicum, and six electives.

MACS 5030 - Interdisciplinary Theories and Perspectives (3 credits)

This course starts by exploring the theories and the theoretical frameworks found in academic disciplines and their importance to interdisciplinarity. The differences between disciplinary, multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives will be examined and critiqued. Case studies and current issues will be critiqued using interdisciplinary approaches.

MACS 5210 - Interdisciplinary Research and Writing (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of applied research skills appropriate for social sciences, including basic research tools, assessment, and current research. It provides the opportunity for students to learn about the conceptualization and writing of a literature review and research proposal. Writing exercises will strengthen academic writing skills.

MACS 6130 - Practicum I (3 credits)

This course is a field research project that incorporates classroom knowledge and real-world settings. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply theory to practice and analyze situations utilizing knowledge from previous course work.

MACS 6900 - Capstone for MACS (3 credits)

The Capstone is designed to be taken at the end of the program. It will provide the unique opportunity for students to focus on their areas of interest. The course is designed to incorporate both previous course work, and experiences in the program. Students will produce a final project and are encouraged to design a project that will be of benefit to them in their current profession, or in the pursuit of a future profession.

For a complete list of elective courses, please refer to the CAHSS Graduate Catalog.

Culture and Society

Explore conflict resolution in diverse world cultures, business, and public service. Gain professional skills for communication, client support, counseling, crisis management, mediation and conflict resolution.

Health and Society

Manage data and research to meet the challenges of today's health care administration system. Develop skills to mediate between the medical establishment, the patient community, and the insurance community. In partnership with the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences.

Information Systems and Society

Appreciate technology-based solutions to leadership challenges, bridge the gap between corporate technology specialists and management staff, and mediate between technophiles and technophobes. In partnership with the College of Engineering and Computing.

Coastal Environment and Society

Discover environmental data and research as a source of political conflict, while addressing the need to work comfortably within a diversity of local, national, and international cultures and boundaries. In partnership with the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.

Education and Society

Investigate pedagogy and leadership in the diverse systems of education. Establish skills to manage conflict in learning environments. In partnership with the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education.

Institutional Assessment

Research student-learning outcomes and prepare to lead academic organizations in assessment. Practice techniques to evaluate academic programs and curricula, respond to academic accreditation bodies, and create a "culture of evidence" at academic organizations.

Below is a sample of a degree plan for a full-time student who begins their studies in the Fall term. Degree plans will be modified based on a student's enrollment date and pace of study.

Table 1: Degree Plan: 33 credit hours
Year 1
Fall (September) MACS 5210
Interdisciplinary Research & Writing
Elective Elective
Winter (January) MACS 5030
Interdisciplinary Theories
Elective Elective
Summer (April) MACS 6130
Practicum I
Elective Elective
Year 2
Fall (September) MACS 6900
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