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M.S.S. Courses & Projected Schedule

All coursework for the Master of Social Sciences is entirely online. No campus visits are required. Students have six years, from the time they begin the program, to complete it.

Graduates of the program are welcomed and encouraged to participate in commencement ceremonies, which are held in December and May of each year.

The projected course schedule below helps students to plan which courses to take each term. It is subject to change.

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[NOTE--The M.S.S. courses listed below and accessed through these links are limited ONLY to those individuals who have been admitted to the M.S.S. program. Others may not register for these courses through any method, such as a class permission (i.e. "green") slip.]

Student OHIO ID and password are required for registering for classes. Information about your student OHIO ID and password is available on the OIT website.

  • Sign in to My OHIO Student Center and click on the "Enroll" link in the Academics section of the Student Center. Select the appropriate term and click "Continue." Enter the Class Number and click "Enter." Complete the registration steps to finish enrolling.

Dropping a Course

Check the course offerings to confirm course add and drop dates for that particular semester. If you need to drop a course or courses, use the MY OHIO Student Center.

If you drop ALL your courses on or after the first day of class, university policy considers this a withdrawal. If you are only registered for one class and you wish to drop that class, it is still considered a withdrawal. [See below for information about re-admission].

To withdraw from the semester, you must notify the Graduate College. The email address is graduate@ohio.edu. Indicate in that e-mail that you are dropping all of your course(s) for that semester, and therefore need to withdraw. [Even if you are registered for only one course, you still need to follow this procedure. If you are registered for more than one course, and drop only one of the courses, you do NOT need to follow this procedure.]

If you withdraw from a semester and are in good standing, you can enroll in classes the following semester without doing anything extra.

If you withdraw from a semester and then skip a semester or more before resuming your graduate program, you will have to re-enroll (without a fee) using the Re-Enrollment Form [PDF].

Skipping a Semester

If you skip a taking courses in Fall or Spring Semester before resuming your graduate program, you will have to re-enroll (without a fee) using the Re-Enrollment Form [PDF]. This process is not necessary if the semester you skip is the summer semester.

Course Schedule—Plan Your Course of Study

Up-to-date M.S.S. course listings can be found on the Ohio University Course Offerings website  by clicking the "eCampus" box and then selecting "Master of Social Sciences" from the drop-down menu.

Fall 2022

United States Military History (History 5211), Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer: This course provides an interpretive discussion of American military history from colonial beginnings in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the present. It considers the role and significance of war in American history and asks whether these past wars could tell us anything about the challenges of the twenty-first century. Main emphasis will be placed on several specific themes. These include the relationship of state and society, organization of military institutions in colonial North America and in the United States, and strategy and policy. That means that we will spend less time on battles and generals than on technology, logistics, administration, and sociology.

Historical Geography of the United States (Geography 5340), Dr. Timothy Anderson: This class is designed to introduce students to the field of historical geography, with particular attention paid to the historical geography of the United States. The course is organized within both a regional and temporal context and divided into three different sections. The first section introduces students to the field of Historical Geography and address major theoretical questions with regard to the historical geography of the United States. The second section deals exclusively with the historical settlement geography of the three (perhaps four) American culture “hearths” that developed on the East Coast during the pre-colonial and colonial periods. The third section charts the settlement and development of other regions in the trans-Appalachian, trans-Mississippi and trans-Rocky Mountain West.

Slavery in the Americas (History 5270), Dr. Mariana Dantas: This course examines the lives and experiences of slaves of African origin and descent as revealed by themselves in slave accounts and other documents. It explores, in a comparative perspective, African and Afro-American agency and identity in various New World societies.

Political Leadership (Political Science 5230), Dr. Michael Burton: This course examines difficult leadership decisions. We will look at U.S. involvement in Vietnam, the American Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the struggle against Apartheid, German resisters and the Nuremberg trials, women in Afghanistan, and other challenging topics drawn from recent history. We will read John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage closely and study the career of Robert McNamara with a critical eye.Central to this course is the idea that leadership is called upon when standard operational procedures run out. We will move past tired, contradictory scripts -- 'never compromise' or 'always find common ground' -- to focus on questions like "When should you compromise?" and "If indeed you should compromise, how do you do so without discarding your core beliefs?" Politically, we ask, "To what extent should representatives in a democratic society stand against their own constituents?" We will read and watch a variety of works. In addition to Kennedy's book, our readings include Fog of War (source material associated with the documentary of the same name) and a memoir, A Woman among Warlords, by a former member of the Afghan parliament. We will watch a number of documentaries and dramatic films. The course will take writing seriously. Assignments will be frequent (though submissions will be short). My hope is that we can use tough problems to think creatively and realistically and to translate your thinking into clear prose. You will be submitting formal memoranda to a (fictional) senator, refining your craft along the way. I believe an iterative process (write, receive critique, write again) will help bring clarity to your communications.

Law in Societies (Sociology 5640), Dr. Bruce Hoffman: This course explores the fundamental roles that law plays in organizing contemporary social life. It considers various ways of understanding law's complex presence: how law shapes and enables routine social interaction, how law constructs differences among people and their actions, how law mediates and enforces power relationships, and how law matters for the kind of societies we have. Our inquiries will examine official legal institutions and actors, but the class will emphasize how law works as a complex array of norms, symbols, discourses, and practices that infuse and shape all aspects of social life, from everyday social interaction to social movements and official legal institutions and actors. The course draws from the U.S. experience as well as historical, international, and transnational perspectives.

Spring 2023

Colloquium in European History (History 6903), Dr. Michele Clouse: This course is a graduate reading seminar in history, introducing students to selected historiographical interpretations of the politics, culture, and society of Europe. This course fulfills the MSS program's colloquium graduation requirement. Typically, students should have successfully completed at least one semester of MSS coursework before enrolling in a colloquium, but interested first semester students are encouraged to contact the instructor.

Theories of American Foreign Policy (Political Science 5270), Dr. Maria Fanis: Exploration of different theoretical approaches used for the analysis of American foreign policies from past to present. Emphasis on explaining American foreign policy changes with the use of theories from international relations.

International Law (Political Science 5550), Dr. Andrew Ross: Studies the contribution of international law to order, power, and justice in international politics. Explores historical origins and current problems in the field, with attention to classic debates over the sources, purposes, and interests associated with international law. Places formal aspects of law (centered on the United Nations and the International Court of Justice) within the wider context of global governance, including the influence of customary international law and the work of non-governmental organizations. Discussions and readings include critical perspectives on international law as a vehicle of power in a world of inequality.