College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is the university's largest college.  It has more than 4,000 undergraduate majors and 800 masters and doctoral students, and is comprised of nine academic departments and six stand-alone research and service centers.  The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai) World's Top 100 Universities Rankings by Broad Subject Fields lists the University of Maryland at number 25 and number 22 among United States schools in social sciences.

Below are graduate program descriptions and notable accomplishments of the college's departments.


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Visit the African American Studies website

The department offers a choice of major in a cultural social concentration and a public policy concentration. Students also have the opportunity to earn a certificate in African American Studies. The ground-breaking research conducted by African American Studies faculty, on women and work,drew attention to the Ford Foundation whereby the department was invited to establish a national center on minority women and labor.


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Visit the Anthropology Website

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate study leading to the Masters of Applied Anthropology (M.A.A.)and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.  Both degrees reflect the department's interest and expertise in applied anthropology - the application of anthropological knowledge, anthropology-in-use, and practicing anthropology - in a variety of institutional and community settings. The department's focus on applied anthropology has established it as one of the best in the country. It's recognized strengths in archaeology, cultural resource management and environmental analysis helped place the department faculty in leadership roles in state and national activities such as historic preservation, tourism and community development.


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Visit the Criminology and Criminal Justice website

The program of graduate study leading to Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the area of Criminology and Criminal Justice is intended to prepare students for research, teaching, and professional employment in operational agencies within the field of criminal justice.  The department currently offers four Master's level programs (Professional Master's, Joint M.A./J.D., Master's Degree Program in China, and Traditional Master's) and one Doctoral training program. The department has been recognized as the top program in the country since 1992 by every existing ranking system, including a recent analysis of the scholarly productivity of Ph.D. graduates.  Its faculty's acclaimed excellence in program evaluation, micro and macro levels of crime analysis and the criminal justice system, have resulted in an extensive array of relationships at the state and federal levels.


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Visit the Economics website

The Department of Economics offers a graduate training program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree by preparing students for careers in teaching, research, and government service.  The curriculum provides a solid foundation in economic theory, econometrics, and applied fields.  Maryland graduates work at major universities, at national and international government agencies, and at research centers and businesses in the United States and abroad.
The department is among the best nationwide, its doctoral programs ranked 7th among public institutions by the National Research Council.  Its research program in international economics is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 14th nationally among all public and private institutions.


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Visit the Geographical Sciences website

The Department of Geographical Sciences offers courses of study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.  The faculty represent fields of specialization that include human dimensions, physical systems, and geographic methods.  While members of the department are involved in many of the mainstream concerns of the discipline, they also respond to the new challenges and opportunities of earth system science, human dimensions of global change, global warming, population expansion and third-world development. With the support of the research faculty and graduate research fellows, the department continues to maintain its place as one of the nation's largest and best funded geographical sciences programs.  It maintains extensive ties to NASA, NOAA, NSF, EPA, and USDA.


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Visit the Government and Politics website

The Department of Government and Politics offers a Ph.D. degree in political science, intended primarily for those planning academic careers.  Students can specialize in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political economy and political theory (either formal or normative).
The department is ranked 29th nationally by the National Research Council and is currently ranked 16th among public institutions.  A recent study of publications in the discipline's premier journals ranks Maryland's scholarly productivity as 10th nationally and 6th among public universities.


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Visit the Hearing and Speech Sciences website

The Hearing and Speech Sciences program at the University of Maryland offers a broad and diverse curriculum, leading to a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) or Ph.D. in Clinical Audiology, and a Ph.D. in Hearing and Speech Sciences.  The Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctoral Programs in Clinical Audiology are designed to train professionals in each field.  The Ph.D. program in Hearing & Speech Sciences trains students for careers in independent research or academia.
The department's graduate program is ranked in the top 10% of all speech-language pathology and audiology programs nationally.


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Visit the Psychology website

The Psychology Department is comprised of eight specialty areas: Clinical, Cognitive, Counseling, Developmental, Industrial/Organizational, Integrative Neuroscience, SensoriNeural and Perceptual Processes (SNAPP), and Social.  Each specialty area offers a doctoral level program.  Students can earn a M.A. or M.S. degree en route to the Ph.D.  The goal of the department is educating graduate students to conduct research and scholarship.  The clinical, counseling and industrial/organizational areas train students within a scientist-practitioner model for professional careers in human services delivery.
The department is nationally ranked in the top third of graduate programs by the National Research Council.  Its program in Counseling Psychology continues to be ranked as the best in the nation and Industrial Organizational Psychology is ranked in the top five nationally.


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Visit the Sociology website

The Department of Sociology offers a M.A. degree program which is designed to provide a basic foundation in sociological theory and research methods.  The Ph.D. program is designed to build on the foundation established in the M.A. program, and to provide students with advanced training in theory, methods, and two specialty areas from among the 8 areas supported by the department (Demography; Gender, Work & Family; Military Sociology; Political Economy [Comparative Sociology, Development, and Stratification]; Social Psychology; and Theory).
The department is ranked 24th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, moving rapidly beyond its prior NRC ranking as 33rd nationally.  Its external funding now exceeds that of any other sociology department in the country.


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Visit the Joint Program in Survey Methodology website

The Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) is the nation's oldest and largest program offering graduate training in the principles and practices of survey research.  Founded in 1993, it is sponsored by the Federal Interagency Consortium on Statistical Policy and located at the University of Maryland.  To date, it has more than 160 graduates working in government agencies, academic settings, and private survey research firms.  Its award-winning faculty is drawn from the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, Westat and other organizations.
JPSM's mission is to educate the next generation of survey researchers, survey statisticians, and survey methodologists.  To that end, we offer a Ph.D. program, an M.S. in survey methodology, and certificate and citation programs.  We also offer a program of short courses and a Summer Fellows program for undergraduates.