Program Structure

The program includes 42 credit hours distributed according to the structure described below.

Core Courses (15 Credit Hours)

Students are required to take the following courses (3 credit hours each)

SOC 611 Theories of Sociology 

SOC 612 Theories of Anthropology 

SOC 613 Qualitative Methods

SOC 614 Quantitative Methods 

SOC 616 Practicum 

SOC 615 Sociology and Anthropology of Arab Societies 

SOC 001 Critical Readings in English Sociological and Anthropological Texts 

Note: This program does not offer any specialized tracks

Program Electives (6 Credit Hours): 

- SOC 622 Gender in Arab Societies.

- SOC 625 Immigration and Citizenship.

- SOC 626 Sociology of the Arab Spring.

- SOC 627 Sociology of Violence.

- SOC 628 Visual Anthropology.

- SOC 629 Anthropology of Religions.

- SOC 630 Contemporary Issues in the Study of Migration.

- SOC 633 Contemporary theories in sociology and anthropology.

- SOC631 Marginalization and social inequality.

- SOC632 Transformations in rural communities.

- SOC 635 The Sociology of the body.

- SOC 636 Sociology of the Identity.

School Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

- SOC 601: Issues in Social Sciences and Humanities

All students are required to take SOC 601 (Issues in Social Sciences and Humanities) during their first semester. 

Interdisciplinary Courses (6 Credit Hours)

- Students choose two courses (3 credit hours each) from the interdisciplinary courses listed below during their third semester. Please, note that additional courses can be added to this list:

- Experiences of Modernity in the Arab World

- Colonialism and Arab National Liberation Movements 

- Civil Society: A Comparative Approach 

- Gender, Identity, and Modernity in the Middle East

- Critical Readings in Modern and Contemporary Aesthetics: Sound, Image, and Text

- Sociolinguistics

- Political Economy of the Middle East

- Comparative Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice

- A History of Thoughts 

Non-restricted Elective (3 Credit Hours)

Students can choose one elective course (3 credit hours) offered by another program in either School or the centers of the Institute (including the School of Public Administration and Economics).

Thesis Research (6 Credit Hours)

Students choose their thesis topics and research plans in consultation with their academic advisors. Research on a thesis, which is 12,000-18,000 words long, begins during the first academic year, and it is submitted by the end of the second academic year. The advisor meets with the student to discuss the thesis topic, hypotheses, and research designs and to offer feedback on the contributions of the thesis to the field of study. The advisor recommends a thesis supervisor who closely works with the student until the completion of the thesis. 

A committee of two faculty members evaluates the thesis, then the student presents and defends the thesis before the same committee.