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Students may select a wide array of electives to shape the M.A. program in Social Sciences and Globalization to meet their individual professional and academic goals. Below are tracks that provide suggestions for ways students can organize their choices. If students would like to take courses that do not currently appear under one of the tracks below, please consult with your adviser and/or the program coordinator to determine if the course can be incorporated into the student's electives that will apply toward graduation.

In addition to the tracks suggested above, students should consult with their advisers and/or the program coordinator to determine if specific methods, skills, or additional qualifications and/or experiences might be appropriate to the student's specific professional and/or academic goals. Below are some opportunities students may consider in consultation with an advisor.

Learn a second and/or third language

While not required for this program, students are strongly encouraged learn to read, speak, and conduct research in a second language. Please remember that many Ph.D. programs require that students pass exams in a second and sometimes a third language. Many areas of research require an ability to read in another language. Many M.A. programs require at least a second language. Many B.A. programs require at least two years of a second language. Consult with your adviser to identify the most important second and/or third language for your own professional aspirations and research interests.


Students should consider ways to develop their specific skills related to their track and professional goals that go beyond the basic requirements of the program. This may involve taking courses designed to teach methods in a discipline or it may involve seeking additional training outside of the college and/or university. Below are merely some courses that may be useful to consider when designing your course of study in consultation with your adviser.

The following are courses that may assist you with developing discipline-specific research skills and methods:

  • Community Engaged Research Methods, ANTH 317
  • Intermediate Microeconomics, ECON
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics, ECON
  • Calculus
  • Statistics, ECON 250 or SCM 210
  • Quantitative Methods in Economics, ECON 480
  • Introduction to Econometrics, ECON 490
  • Tools of Economic Analysis, ECON 335
  • GIS
  • Advanced Oral History, HIST 524
  • Research Seminar in History, HIST 594
  • Research Methods for Political Science, PSCI 592
  • Qualitative Research, SOC 301
  • Research design courses in Sociology, SOC 307/309

Training programs beyond CSUSB:

There are a variety of ways to obtain professional training beyond the regular coursework. The following are examples. If you are interested, consult with your adviser about options that might be best for your professional interests.

Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR)

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

NIH/NIMHD-funded Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT)


  • ANTH 575 – Internship in Anthropology
  • ECON 575 – Internship in Economics
  • GEOG 575 – Internship in Geography
  • HIST 575 – Internship in History
  • PSI 575 – Internship in Political Science
  • SOC 575 – Internship in Sociology

Speak with your adviser or the program coordinator about additional internship opportunities.