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The Master of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies (MACS) degree program requires an 11-course (33 credits) sequence that includes core classes, practicums, a 12-credit concentration track and 1 elective.

MACS 5020 - Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution I (3 credits)

This course is designed as a survey course on contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution. Students will examine a variety of theories that center primarily on the fields of history, economics, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, political sciences, and social relations.

MACS 5200 - Research Design (3 credits)

This course focuses on the development of applied research skills, including basic research tools, assessment, social science research, current research in the field, and an introduction to program evaluation through analysis of published work. 

MACS 5310 - Introduction to Systems Theories (3 credits)

This course presents an overview of systems theories that use metaphors of system, pattern, interaction, communication, and language to describe human behavior and relationships. 

MACS 5400 - The Interdisciplinary Writer (3 credits)

This course is designed to assist graduate students in creating essays, thought papers, and other pieces of writing that reach an intended audience with clarity, skillful craft, and purpose. It includes reading and writing assignments for an academic setting focused on interdisciplinary perspectives. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and improvisational writing exercises. Because this is a writing course, rather than just a course about writing, there will be a workshop component to the class. This means that all participants will bring in copies of their work to share to develop writing speaks to others. At the end of this course you will be better able to recognize, in your own writings and those of others, a piece's purpose, its organizational structure, level of craft execution, authorial voice, and engagement of the audience.

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 6160 - Practicum II (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. This is a continuation of MACS 6130. Prerequisites: MACS 6130.

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 College of Allied Health and Nursing.

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 Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences.

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 Oceanographic Center.

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 Fischler College of Education and Human Services.

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: 33-36 credits hours
Year 1
Fall (September) MACS 5310
Introduction to Systems Theories
MACS 5400
Interdisciplinary Design
Concentration Elective
Winter (January) MACS 5200
Research Design
MACS 5020
Theories & Philosophies of Conflict and Peace
Concentration Elective
Summer (April) MACS 6130
Practicum I
Concentration Elective Concentration Elective
Year 2
Fall (September) MACS 6160
Practicum II
Concentration Elective Master's Thesis (if applicable)
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