Social Science | Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

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African and African American Studies

The African and African American studies program offers students the opportunity to student Africana history and culture through an interdisciplinary lens. Students may focus their studies in the humanities, communications and fine arts, or social and behavioral sciences.

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Anthropology

Anthropology majors develop cross-cultural communication, human relations, critical thinking, writing, analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, planning, and community outreach skills. It is an ideal field to prepare for jobs that require people skills, and understanding of multicultural and institutional dynamics.

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Bachelors of Professional Studies with a Concentration in Legal Studies

The Legal Studies Program teaches theoretical and practical aspects of the field of law as a profession. The Program equips students to offer substantive legal support services to firms and agencies or to continue their education in law school.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice

The study of crime and justice is complex as researchers, practitioners, and policy makers tackle issues of policing strategies, corrections, capital punishment, violence, gangs, addiction, and international crime. The University of Memphis emphasizes research, scholarship, service and community outreach.

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Early Care & Learning

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Early Care and Learning develops students’ knowledge and skills in child development and learning, observation and assessment, pedagogy and research through classroom and field experiences. Students will be prepared for employment in a discipline working with children aged birth to 4 years old and their families, and may pursue graduate training that leads to careers in education, academia, research, health professions, or social work.

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Early Intervention

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Early Intervention (ages 0-3) focuses on recognizing the uniqueness of the provision of instruction and/or service coordination in the field of Part C the Federal IDEA legislation for early intervention (ages 0-3). 

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Political Science

The B.A. Political Science online offering provides students with options and opportunity to complete their degree in a timely format. Courses such as but not limited to American Government, Political Thought, and International Relations are offered each semester including summer in rotation to provide flexibility and to ensure students stay on track to graduate.

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Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is designed to achieve several broad objectives: to increase students' understanding of their cultural and natural worlds through greater familiarity with the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences; to enhance their skills in communication, quantitative analysis, and critical reasoning; and to prepare them to fulfill their roles as responsible members of their families, community and society.

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Sociology

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Memphis is proud to offer the online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. The degree requires a total of 120 credit hours.

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Graduate Programs

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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The graduate program of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, which is part of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, seeks to serve students who are interested in the criminal justice system, with a focus on those who seek careers in this area.

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Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media

The University of Memphis Department of Journalism and Strategic Media offers a Master of Arts degree online and on campus. Students can chose one of four emphases - News and Storytelling, Integrated Strategic Media, Visual Media or Research.

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Master of Social Work Program Including Advanced Standing Track

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is a 60 credit hour program. Advanced Standing Track is a 37 credit hour program that requires a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work program. Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring for the 60 credit hour program and Summer for the Advanced Standing Track. Online students must have daytime availability to complete field placement.

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Master of Arts in Technical Communication

The Master of Arts in Technical Communication provides students with industry-focused training in technical writing, document design, usability, and project management. In addition to completing a core curriculum of four courses, students work with their advisor to select interdisciplinary electives that best meet their career goals from such areas as rhetoric and writing studies, applied linguistics, instructional design and technology, and nonprofit administration.

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Doctor of Social Work

The Doctor of Social Work is a part-time program for practicing social workers in leadership, management, research, and evaluation. Admission to the program requires the Master of Social Work degree and two years post-MSW practice experience. Synchronous class meetings are required.

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Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management

The Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration offers the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management to mayors, managers, department heads, supervisors and other local government professionals.

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Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

Every employee and volunteer in a nonprofit organization plays a role in meeting the philanthropic goals and charitable purposes of the organization. The Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is designed to meet the needs of these employees and volunteers looking for advanced study in the theory and practice of nonprofit administration.

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Graduate Certificate in School Social Work

The Graduate Certificate in School Social Work Prepares Students for School Social Work Licensure. Students must be either concurrently enrolled from a Master of Social Work program or have completed a Master of Social Work degree.

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Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism

From starting a business to engaging audiences through social media, learn the media skills to succeed while surrounded by Memphis’ abundant entrepreneurship community.

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Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Storytelling

Update skills in multimedia with a focus on telling stories through various platforms including photography, audio, video and data visualization. 

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Graduate Certificate in Social Media Analysis and Strategy

Learn tools in audience analysis and segmentation, analytics and evaluation and community engagement to build and maintain a social media presence for brands and organizations. Earn certifications in various analytic software and programs. 

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