Human Connection and Advancement Programs

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Humanities and social science programs allow students to study the human experience, better understand how it is being shaped, and advance it. Our programs offer cutting-edge research opportunities, and a skillset that is highly sought after in the workforce. Become a humanities or social science graduate student, and earn an adaptable degree from San Jose State University, located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Applied Anthropology, M.A.

The M.A. in Applied Anthropology program empowers students to build on their knowledge of cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeology to address real world problems. The program provides a structure through which students can develop as practitioners by working closely with faculty on projects that are often done in collaboration with outside organizations.
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Economics, M.A.

The M.A. in Economics program prepares graduates for research and policy positions in government and business. Our teaching and research stress the importance of markets and institutions on political and socioeconomic outcomes. Although this program emphasizes general economics, it also guides students in the rigorous preparation necessary for doctoral programs.
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English, M.A.

The M.A. program in English at SJSU is a 30 semester-unit research program. Select from a wide-range of seminars, including American, British, and World Literature as well as seminars in literary research, rhetoric, and composition studies. The program's small seminar classes are taught by actively publishing, and available faculty. 
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Geography, M.A.

As the only degree-granting Geography program in Silicon Valley, we take advantage of our downtown San Jose location to emphasize urban and cultural geography, economic geography, and geospatial methods - using the power of location integrated with computing technologies to analyze large volumes of data to make informed decisions. The program has developed and cultivated long-standing relationships with government agencies, other universities, and the City of San Jose. 
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History, M.A.

The M.A. History program offers specializations, or primary fields of study, in United States history Modern European history, and World history. Many of the faculty hold advanced degrees from the nation's most prestigious universities and have distinguished publication records. All History graduate courses are offered at night. Our content-focused History M.A. is designed to be compatible with the schedules of teachers and working professionals. 
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Linguistics, M.A.

The M.A. in Linguistics program provides students with an interdisciplinary education in the scientific study of language. Courses in general and computational linguistics serve students interested in cognitive linguistics, speech synthesis, machine speech recognition and language, and language variation and change. Upon graduation, graduates in linguistics offer a set of highly specialized skills to computer companies working in speech technology and artificial intelligence, and many pursue careers with companies specializing in these areas. 
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Multiple Subject Credential

This Multiple Subject Credential program prepares students to obtain their preliminary credential to teach in K-8 schools, learn to engage in social justice practices, contribute to the development of cultural literacy, provide education that promotes democracy, and develop content knowledge expertise to teach in urban and suburban schools.
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Philosophy, M.A.

The M.A. program is known for its treatment of philosophy in a global context as well as its engagement with issues reflecting its Silicon Valley setting. The Department of Philosophy offers classes taught by faculty recognized and highly regarded for both teaching and scholarship. M.A. graduate students can choose from three type of degree plans: Thesis, Reading Intensive, or the Applied Philosophy Project. 
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Single Subject Credential

The Single Subject Credential program offers students the opportunity to choose a flexible program option. The flexible program emphasizes flexibility in course sequence, scheduling and unit load. For example, students may choose to focus student teaching at one school in a yearlong experience, or divide their student teaching at a different schools for each of the two semesters, for variety in school setting or grade levels. 
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Special Education, M.A.

The M.A. in Special Education program prepares students for leadership roles in special education through a core curriculum and elective coursework in areas of specialization. This rigorous program is designed for candidates with experience in the field to ask questions about practices, policies, educational strategies or attitudes that can be answered by conducting a research project.
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A. 

With an M.A. in TESOL, you will not only be able to work with newcomer communities in California and nationally, but you will also earn a degree that is in high-demand overseas including East and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Knowing how to teach a language means helping students everywhere bridge cultures and pursue their goals locally and globally. TESOL integrates a deep knowledge of language structure, how language is used, and how adults and children learn in general.