CSHS M.A. program is a two-year degree program with a thesis. Students take courses in the first year and conduct their research and complete a thesis in the second year. The students identify specific faculty whom they wish to collaborate with on mutually agreed upon research projects. Mirroring the methodological diversity of its faculty, students have utilized a wide range of historical and sociological methods, including case-study and comparative historical approaches, quantitative survey methods, ethnography, archival research, content analysis, and a variety of mixed methods approaches.

 The program will help serve the career needs of students in two ways. First, the program will prepare students who wish to continue on to Ph.D. programs in Turkey, Europe and North America. Second, it will train students who interested in research and policy-related positions in governmental, non-governmental and international organizations in Turkey.

Program Structure and Course Description

 

1st Year*

 FALL SPRING
Hist 501 Hist 502/Soci 501/Soci 502
Soci 503 Area Elective
Soci 504 Area Elective
Area Elective
KOLT 500 TA Training
TEAC 500 TA/RA TEAC 500 TA/RA

 

2nd Year **

FALL SPRING
CSHS 510 Seminar
CSHS 595 Thesis CSHS 595 Thesis
TEAC 500 TA/RA TEAC 500 TA/RA
ENGL 500 Academic Writing

 

* **Courses may or may not be offered in the semesters they are listed under.

* ** This template is subject to change

In the first year, students will take three required courses (HIST 501, SOCI 503, SOCI 504), one of three methodological courses offered by History and Sociology Departments (HIST 502, SOCI 501, SOCI 502) and three area electives. In addition to the area electives offered by CSHS, students may take other graduate courses offered in the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities as electives with the consent of their advisors. The second year is devoted to thesis writing. All M.A. students must take CSHS 510: Thesis Writing Seminar TEAC  500: Teaching Experience (non-credit), and ENGL 500: Graduate Writing (non-credit).

 

* Students can take a language or other skill-based course (e.g. quantitative methods) as an elective in the fall or spring semester of their first year. If the language (or skill-based) course is a two-course sequence (e.g. Ottoman Turkish I and II), then one of the two will count as a non-credit audit. They may take a CSHS area elective in lieu of an elective course. Alternatively, students may, upon the consent of their academic advisor, take a graduate course from a different program as an elective or an area elective.

 

Required Courses

CSHS 502 Research Methods and Design
Introduces the fundamentals of historical and social research by focusing on a variety of research methods. In this modular course, students are first exposed to the philosophy of social science methodology and quantitative research methods. Then they are introduced to historical, sociological, and comparative methods, including oral history, ethnography, interviewing techniques, archival research and document analysis. Building on their training in these methods, the course also will guide students through the steps of research design, namely writing research proposals, constructing hypotheses, operationalizing research questions, designing questionnaires and interview forms, and data collection.

CSHS 503 Social Theory
Surveys some of the main themes and names in social theory. Examines in depth the classical foundations of sociological theory, especially the works of Marx, Weber and Durkheim. Focuses on some of the important early and late twentieth-century thinkers, including Gramsci, Bourdieu and Foucault, and discusses the feminist and postcolonial challenges to classical theory.

CSHS 504 Historical Sociology 
Some of the most important theoretical questions of the social sciences have been posed by scholars pursuing investigations at the intersection of sociology and history. How are these questions formulated and answered? How important is a consideration of the temporal nature of human actions and social structures and what are its consequences for our understanding of social life? How does the past “matter” to the present? This course addresses these questions and introduces students to some key theories, methodological contributions and a selection of substantive themes in comparative and historical sociology.

CSHS 510 Pre-Thesis Seminar 
Prepares students for a successful start on their thesis by helping them choose their topic, formulate a research agenda and assess different methodologies.

CSHS 595 Thesis

ENGL 500 Graduate Writing 
This is a writing course specifically designed to improve academic writing skills as well as critical reading and thinking. The course objectives will be met through extensive reading, writing and discussion both in and out of class. Student performance will be assessed and graded by Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

TEAC 500 Teaching Experience 
Provides hands-on teaching experience to graduate students in undergraduate courses. Reinforces students’ understanding of basic concepts and allows them to communicate and apply their knowledge of the subject matter.

Area Elective Courses (a limited number of area electives are offered each semester)

CSHS 506 Turkish State and Society 
Analyzes major social, economic and political transformations in Ottoman/Turkish society in the 19th and 20th centuries. Focuses mainly on Turkish state, society, and culture from 1923 to the present.

CSHS 511 Social Stratification
Introduces students to the major theories and empirical trends in social stratification. Examines dimensions of social inequalities and stratification, such as class, race, ethnicity and gender from a comparative, historical, and global perspective.

CSHS 516 Nations and Nationalism 
Examines ideas of nationalism, nations and nation-states, and the different ways in which nationalism is practiced and expressed, and the major theoretical works on these concepts.

CSHS 517 Ottoman State and Society 
Analysis of Ottoman state, institutions and culture with a specific emphasis on state and social group relations in the nineteenth century Ottoman Empire. Evolution of social change from the Classical Age to the end of the empire, rise of local nationalisms, ruptures and continuities between the Ottoman imperial regime and nation-states.

CSHS 521 Comparative Perspectives on the Middle East 
Analyzes the establishment and development of Middle Eastern political systems, social and political processes including the end of empires, formation of nation states, and their foreign policies beginning with the nineteenth century.

CSHS 524 Etatist Policies in Comparative Perspective 
Examines state-oriented policies in general in Eastern Europe including the Soviet Union and Balkan countries, comparing these countries to Turkey. Deals with different economic policies in those countries during the 20th century. Explores the effects of etatist economies on the political transformations in these societies.

CSHS 533: Science, Technology, and Society
Introduces students to the fundamental concepts and issues in the study of science and technology. The course employs a multidisciplinary point of view in the social sciences and humanities and focuses on the reciprocal ways in which science and technology shape society and the ways in which society shapes science and technology. The main questions we will ask will be philosophical (how to define science and technology?), sociological (how does science and technology interact with social categories, such as gender and race), historical (how does the historical development of science and technology inform them today? How do past debates matter?), and political (how does power matter in the practice of science and technology? How should science and technology be controlled democratically?).

CSHS 538 Social and Political Movements 
Engages some of the theoretical perspectives, conceptual issues/questions, and empirical research that animate the study of social movements and collective action. It will look into the individual and collective involvement in social movements, as well as examine the social and political context of collective action. How and why do social movements emerge? How are social movements organized? How do activists choose political tactics and strategies? What are, if any, the effects of social movements on processes of social and political change?

CSHS 541 Migration and Population Movements 
Provides an advanced survey of scholarly literatures on migration and population movements. Covers theories of and empirical studies about international migration, transnational migration and diaspora formation, refugee movements and internal displacement.

CSHS 565 Advanced Topics in the History of Culture and Society
Introduces some of the major historiographical approaches to the study of culture and society. We will map turning points in the field and examine methodological, theoretical, and ideological frameworks that have guided historians today. Topics will include the history of the urban life, popular culture and social control, reading habits, religious beliefs, and gender relations.