Students determine their course of study with the assistance of their preceptor and the MAPSS senior staff. They may choose to specialize in a particular discipline, taking the majority of their courses with department faculty, with a few additions to round out their methodological and substantive training. Or they may decide on a more interdisciplinary path, taking courses from around the University that highlight different approaches to their research problem.

The Division of the Social Sciences is committed to putting scholars in conversation. Most faculty hold appointments in more than one teaching unit, many graduate courses are cross-listed, and the graduate workshops draw students and faculty from across campus.

Students may focus on such fields as: