Discipline Coordinator

Doug Bowles, (816) 235-1394, bowlesdh@umkc.edu

Social Science faculty who are members of the doctoral faculty.

Social Science Consortium is a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program administered by the School of Graduate Studies.

Note: The discipline-specific requirements listed here are in addition to the requirements listed in Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Application Procedure and Minimum Criteria for Admission and Minimum Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements.

Discipline-Specific Admission Requirements

The Social Science Consortium (SSC) is only available as a co-discipline option, not as a coordinating-unit discipline, and has no discipline-specific admission requirements. Recommendations for admission are made by a designated sub-committee of SSC doctoral faculty which reviews all applications. Newly admitted students are assigned an interim SSC faculty advisor, pending formation of their supervisory committee.

Suggested Compatible Primary Disciplines

Curriculum and instruction, economics, geosciences (with a geography focus), history, political science, public affairs and administration, and educational leadership, policy and foundations.

Core Program Requirements

The Social Science Consortium Program of Study requires 15 hours of dedicated coursework.

Required Courses
SOC-SCI 5610Philosophy Of Social Science3
SOC-SCI 5621Consensus Social Theory3
SOC-SCI 5630Seminar in Research Methodology3
Select one of the following in critical interdisciplinary social theory:3
Pragmatism & Evolutionary Social Theory
Special Topics (Marxian Social Theory)
Special Topics (Interpretive Social Theory )
Special Topics (Critical Realism)
Total Credits12

The final course (3 hours) is elective, but must be approved by the student's SSC program advisor. Disciplinary graduate-level courses are, in general, eligible as electives.

The 3 hour elective can also be satisfied by taking an additional critical theory course (see listing above), or with 3 hours of Directed Readings (SOC-SCI 5690, or a disciplinary equivalent), subject to the advisor's approval.

Sequencing is a very important consideration in the program of study listed above, complicated by the constraint that most courses fulfilling the program are offered only in either fall or spring semesters It is highly recommended that students with the SSC as their co-discipline take SOC-SCI 5610(offered fall semesters only) as early as possible, preferably in the fall semester of the first year, followed by SOC-SCI 5621(offered winter semesters only), and then by the preferred critical theory course(s).

SOC-SCI 5630 is designed to assist students with preparation of a defensible dissertation proposal, providing interdisciplinary integration of the SSC program of study with the student’s primary discipline. It is intended to be taken as the conclusion of both primary discipline and SSC program coursework.

Requirements for Comprehensive Examinations

In accordance with the School of Graduate Studies guidelines, comprehensive exams are administered on an individual basis by the members of each student's dissertation committee.  Committees are required to have at least one member drawn from the co-discipline. SSC faculty representatives on each student's committee participate in administration of the comprehensive exam.