American Univesity of Beirut

 MA in Sociology

The MA in Sociology program offers students the opportunity to develop a solid training and to acquire the necessary knowledge in the field of sociology. The department’s faculty members cover several areas of research expertise, including contemporary sociological theory, comparative sociology, economic and political sociology, and cultural sociology. Other substantive issues include citizenship and civil society, knowledge production, ethnicity and sectarianism, sociology of religion, transnationalism, migration and refugee studies, sexuality and gender studies, and sociology of war and violence. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of key theoretical approaches in sociology in addition to getting a strong grounding in research methodology with training in both qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry. Students are expected to further develop their intellectual skills through the critical examination of contemporary social issues, especially as they pertain to the Arab world. In addition, the program encourages students to critically consider the relationship between theory, research, policy and practice, and to reflect on ethical considerations in doing social research. At the end of the program, students will put their acquired skills and knowledge to conduct original empirical research through a thesis.

Students pursuing either an MA in Anthropology or Sociology are encouraged to work with faculty from other humanities and social sciences departments, in particular, media studies, political science, and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. A masterÕs degree in either field has a very wide application. Graduates in Anthropology and Sociology will be qualified to pursue doctoral level studies in their field. Alternatively, they will have acquired the research methods, the exposure to scholarship, and the intercultural skills they need to work effectively in multicultural settings such as non-governmental and governmental organizations, as well as expertise applicable in such domains as business, education, law, and public policy.

Admission Requirements
Requirements for admission into the MA program in Anthropology are consistent with those of the Faculty of Arts of Sciences. Admission to the MA in Anthropology is restricted to the Fall semester. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of goals/research interests and experiences. Each student may be interviewed upon application to determine her/his background and qualification.

Degree Requirements
A candidate for the MA degree in sociology or anthropology is required to complete 21 graduate credit hours in addition to a thesis. Sociology students must complete SOAN 300 and SOAN 312, in addition to three courses in sociology, and anthropology students must complete SOAN 304 and SOAN 310. Sociology students choosing a concentration in communication are also required to complete SOAN 313. The remainder of the requirements may be selected from other offerings in the department or in the FAS and other schools and faculties on campus, with the consent of the advisor and according to the interest of the graduate student.

Further information about the application process is available on our FAQ​​ page.
To apply, please visit the Graduate Admissions​ page.​​​


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