​​The program aims to train graduate students in sociology and anthropology with special focus on the applicability of social theories to the Arab world, and the manner in which the Arab world contributes to social theories. The program has two main aims:

1- To prepare students to work in various social and administrative capacities in the Arab world in the service of their communities by acquiring  skills in survey research and quantitative techniques, critical and qualitative analysis of the social implications of development policies, and the relevance of the new technologies for understanding global developments;

2- To provide students seeking to pursue graduate studies at the PhD level with a critical understanding of social theories and their relevance to understanding Arab societies.

Program Entry Requirements

The Sociology and Anthropology program welcomes outstanding applicants who possess the skills and motivation required for graduate study. 

It is recommended that students applying for admission hold a solid first degree in an academic discipline related to the discipline of sociology or anthropology. Students lacking this background but with training in other related fields of the social sciences and humanities can apply to the program in sociology and anthropology. Applications from students with a degree from any other academic background will be considered in light of the applicant's credentials.

Before applying please ensure you have visited and understood the Admissions requirements and procedures at the Institute level.


Esmail Nashif
Head of Program and Associate Professor (see full profile​)

Mouldi Lahmar
Professor (see full profile​)

Nabil Khattab
Professor (see full profile)

​Dana Olwan
Assistant Professor (see full profile)

Program Structure

Note: Course offerings may vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration capacity.​

A. Program Requirements - 24 credits:

1 - Core Courses:

Students are required to study all of the courses (3 credits each) listed below:

SOC 611 Social Theory (description coming soon).

SOC 612 Anthropological Theory (description coming soon).

SOC 613 Quantitative Research Methods (description coming soon).

SOC 614 Qualitative Research Methods (description coming soon).

•SOC 615 Sociology and Anthropology of Arab societies (description coming soon).

SOC 616 Internship (3 credit).

Note: This program does not offer concentration tracks.

2- Program Electives:

SOC 627 Sociology of Violence (description coming soon).

SOC 628 Visual Anthropology (description coming soon).

SOC 629 Anthropology of Religions (description coming soon).

SOC 630 Contemporary Issues in the Study of Migration (description coming soon).

3- Specialized English Language Course (non- credit Course):

SOC 001 critical reading in contemporary sociology and anthropology text

The School may offer a number of non-credit bearing courses, which must be taken as a condition for graduation when required by the relevant program. Students must successfully pass the assignment for each course as a condition for graduation. These courses will also appear on the student’s transcript but will not contribute to the student’s GPA. Please see here for details.

​B. School requirements - 12 credits:  

1- Cross - Disciplinary Course - 3 credits: 

 SOSH 601 Issues in the study of Social Science and Humanities.

All SOSH students must successfully complete one non-credit core compulsory course offered at the School level as a cross-disciplinary introduction to the study of the social sciences and humanities. 

Please visit the “Interdisciplinarity at SOSH” page for more details about this course and its description.

2 – Two Interdisciplinary Courses - 6 credits:

Each program allows students to enroll in courses of special interest, and of a cross-disciplinary nature, which are offered jointly with one or more other programs. Courses offered as interdisciplinary courses may vary and are dependent on faculty availability, student demand and registration capacity.

All students will choose two courses of 3 credits each from the list of interdisciplinary courses. Please visit the “Interdisciplinarity at SOSH” page for more details about these courses and their descriptions.

3 - Non-restricted Elective - 3 credits:

Students may choose one course of 3 credits from any program in any of the Schools/centers in the DI (including SPADE and CHS). Students may choose their free elective from the courses offered by the Sociology and Anthropology Program below, which are offered on a rotating basis:

SOC 621 Political Leadership: this course aims to give students a critical and theoretical overview of political phenomenon in general and in particular, the phenomenon of political leadership in particular. ​

SOC 622 Gender in Arab Societies: This course covers a number of historical, national, socio-cultural, literary, and, theoretical perspectives on co​nstructions of gender in Arab societies. In this course, we will examine Arab and Muslim feminist, critical race, and postcolonial interventions in debates surrounding gender identities and practices in Arab societies and cultures.​ ​​​​

SOC 623 Postcolonial and Feminist Sociological Thought: (description coming soon).​

SOC 624 Technology and Culture: this course aims to question the complex relationship between technology and culture through a historical comparative study of the place of technology in the modern era, and between its place in other historical eras and civilizations.​ DOWNLOAD FULL COURSE OUTLINE HERE.​​

​​SOC 625 Migration and Citizenship: This course deals with questions of citizenship, multiculturalism and identity. This includes the sociological history of migration to the European countries (and the Gulf countries), political representations, residential segregation and its possible social, economic and political consequences.

SOC 626 Sociology of the Arab Spring: (description coming soon).

​C . Dissertation - 6 credits:​

In consultation with an academic supervisor, the student will choose a thesis topic and program of research. The student will submit a thesis of 12,000 – 18,000 words at the end of the second academic year, but discussions about the topic begin during the first year. The coordinator of the course will organize regular sessions for students to discuss research methodologies and choose a research topic. Students will be expected to write a summary research proposal, incorporating the main assumptions to be tested, choose a research methodology and write a summary on what the thesis will contribute to present literature, based on a critical view of existing writings on the subject. The coordinator will then choose a supervisor who follows up with the student until completing the dissertation.

The dissertation examination consists of two parts; a marked assessment of the thesis by two examiners and an oral defense in front of an examination panel comprised of the same two examiners.

Career Destinations

Upon completion of this program, graduates will obtain a “Master of Social Sciences and Humanities in: Sociology and Anthropology”.
Graduates of this program will be strong candidates for employment in research positions which utilize surveys and quantitative techniques as well as qualitative analysis.  Such positions could be in the public or private sectors as well as international governmental organizations. 

The degree will also qualify students to continue their studies to a doctoral level. 

Applicants may apply for the Sociology and Anthropology program through an online application. Please review the Admissions Dates to ensure the application and all required documents are submitted before the deadline. 

Please visit the Apply page in order to start your application.​

For any academic questions please contact the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. ​​​​​