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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 Web site.

  • 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

Fall 2021

1960s in U.S.: Decade of Controversy (HIST 5520), Dr. Chester Pach: This course allows students to go beyond the popular stereotypes of the 1960s to understand the decade as a period of social, cultural and political confrontation that laid the groundwork for life in the present-day United States. Primary focus is on social protest movements of the era; the Civil Rights movement, the student movement, the antiwar movement, the counterculture, and the women's movement.

Medieval Law & Society (HIST 5521), Dr. Kevin Uhalde: Beginning with the end of the western Roman Empire in 476, this course surveys major legal systems emerging around the Mediterranean and western Europe over the next 500 years. The legacy of imperial Roman law affected all these systems, whose own legacies would endure for centuries. Featured in the survey are the reforms of Justinian and the Corpus Iuris Civilis, early Frankish law, the Visigothic Code, the formation of Islamic jurisprudence, Carolingian legal reforms, and Anglo-Saxon law before the Norman Conquest.

Geography of Asia (GEOG 5380), Dr. Yeong-Hyun Kim: This course examines the Asian region with emphasis on intra-regional economic integration through trade, investment and labor migration flows and on inter-regional relations with other parts of the world through colonialism, political engagement and globalization. Studies include issues of economic development, regional bloc, Cold War conflicts, nationalism, and urbanization in Asia.

Seminar in American Politics II: Executive & Legislative Institutions (POLS 6120), Dr. Linda Trautman: This course introduces some of the latest theoretical innovations in theories of American political institutions (executive & legislative). It explores how the make-up of executive and legislative institutions influences their behavior at the federal and state levels. Institutional actions that will be covered in the class include war-making, budgetary decision-making, and policy-making in the social and economic arenas. The impact of external actors—political parties, interest groups, the media—also will be investigated.

Spring 2022

Labor Economics (ECON 5200), Dr. Olga Standrityuk: This course explores education, the school system, and teacher labor markets from the economics point of view. Topics include the economics of parenting style, inequality, the organization of the school system and its evolution over time, and teacher labor markets.

World History Colloquium (HIST 6908), Dr. Joshua Hill: This seminar examines world history as a subfield within the discipline of history. Major issues in modern world history—such as economic globalization, cultural diffusion, environmental change, and warfare—are explored through the reading and analysis of representative scholarly works. This course fulfills the MSS program's colloquium graduation requirement. Students should have successfully completed at least one semester of MSS coursework before enrolling in a colloquium.

Politics of the Contemporary Environmental Movement (POLS 5250), Dr. Nancy Manring. Climate change has become the dominant, overarching issue in environmental politics. The politics of climate change are multi-faceted depending upon the actors involved, the geographic location and scale of the discussion, the lens through which it is examined, and the way climate change information is portrayed. Throughout the semester, we will explore the causes and consequences of climate change, the climate change controversy, Americans’ views of climate change, climate change policy and activism, climate change solutions, and reasons for hope.

Special Topics in History: U.S. Immigration History (HIST 5900), Dr. John O'Keefe. Which immigrant groups have come to the United States? When and why have they come? And what have their lives been like once they got here? How has the federal government, and how have Americans more generally responded to immigrants and immigration? Why have some immigrant newcomers been welcomed as good future Americans and others scorned as “forever foreigners” or “illegal aliens”? This class explores both contemporary issues and transnational historical perspectives, from the colonial period to the present day.