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M.A. in Schools, Society & Violence

Statement of Department Specific Aims of the Schools, Society & Violence M.A. Program

The M.A. in Schools, Society, and Violence (SSV) program is an interdisciplinary program of study, intended for students who want to pursue advanced studies in conflict, crime and cooperation in the school context.  Through this program, students will gain an understanding of theoretical concepts, methodological techniques and the application of substantive interdisciplinary knowledge, enabling them to analyze, understand and effectively intervene to reduce harmful relational and institutional practices in school settings.  Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate: (1) the ability to analyze complex problems associated with school violence, through written and oral forms, (2) an understanding of the larger social, historical, economic and ideological context producing violent social relations within schools, (3) competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and (4) the ability to create positive solutions to school violence.     

Successful completion of the Schools, Society & Violence M.A. graduate program requires students to complete 31 hours of course work across required courses, program area courses, and elective or cognate courses.  Coursework is taught by faculty in both the Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology department and the College of Education, who are also leaders in their field, committed educators and dedicated scholars.  Students have the option of either writing a M.A. thesis, or writing two essays dealing with a methodological, theoretical and/or practical problem in power, crime, conflict and cooperation within the schools that reflects the interests of the student and readers.

We are proud of our graduates, who carry on the tradition of leadership in their disciplines.


Students are invited to make an appointment with the Sociology Graduate Coordinator for advising.  To arrange an appointment, contact Dr. Solange Simoes: ssimoes@emich.edu.

Course Catalog

Students can view the required coursework for the M.A. in Schools, Society, and Violence degree by viewing the course catalog.