An estimated 150 prospective students flooded into Hyde Park last Wednesday through Friday for a sneak peek of the one-year Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS). The prospies—all of whom have been accepted—visited classes, toured campus, and dined with current students to help them decide whether to join next year’s cohort. The Campus Days agenda kicked off with a welcome and Q&A with MAPSS director John MacAloon, AM’74, PhD’80, current preceptors, and staff. Department chairs from history, political science, human development, anthropology, and psychology also spoke with interested students.

On Thursday prospects gathered in the Pick Hall lounge for a wine-and-cheese reception with MAPSS staff, executive committee, and students. Although the would-be students have until May to accept the offer, many seemed impressed by the program’s interdisciplinary focus. “I’m worn out from the past two days,” confessed one woman taking a sip of wine, “but I’ve definitely made up my mind to come here.”


Photo: Potential MAPSS students mingle in the Pick Hall lounge.

April 10, 2006