YSU Sociology Department’s graduate program in

Migration and Conflict Studies


Department of Sociology at YSU


Before Soviet rule entered Republic of Armenia, Sociology was one of the first and basic disciplines at that time newly established Yerevan State University in 1919. Later on, after the communist censorship failed in the late 1980th, Department of Sociology at Yerevan State University was reestablished again in 1986, and is one of the first sociology departments of the former Soviet Union.

Nowadays, Department of Sociology is one of the leading Departments at YSU and in Armenia.

On the international level Department of Sociology collaborates with various scientific and educational institutions – Berlin Humboldt University, Potsdam University, Ruhr University in Bochum, Swiss Peace, California State University, University of Connecticut, George Mason University, Uppsala University. Department is a member of International Sociological Association. Many foreign professors and academics usually participate in the monthly methodological seminars organized by the Department.

The Faculty of the Department is the youngest by its age among University specialists, and the fact is counted among the advantages of the Department; most of the Faculty members besides their national PhDs and Masters have foreign academic experience and activities, including study and scholarship in The Tufts University, University of California, Berkeley, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Harvard University, Central European University etc. Department of Sociology is known by the Faculty’s innovative approaches to teaching and research, including modernization of teaching methodology and actively following Bologna reforms.

Department of Sociology introduces Bachelor level program in Sociology and 3 Masters level study programs. The BA program include 4 years’ BA program in Sociology with 3 specializations – Sociology, Conflict Studies, and Public Relations.

On MA level Department of Sociology represents 3 separate MA programs in Sociology, Public Relations, and Conflict Studies.




Graduate program in Migration and Conflict Studies


Sociology/Conflict Studies program at YSU, Department of Sociology, was established in collaboration with George Mason University, Washington D.C., USA, and was the first and unique one in the field in the region of South Caucasus. Conflict Studies is incorporated into BA and MA study levels so that Department of Sociology introduces BA program in Sociology with specialization in Conflict Studies, as well as MA program in Conflict Studies since 1999.

In 2011 under the EU Tempus IV joint project, and in cooperation with Tbilisi State University, University of Graz (Austria), University of Alicante (Spain), University of Oldenburg (Germany) and other partners, Department of Sociology took the obligation to incorporate very important and actual specialization of Migration Studies into the well-known graduate program in Conflict Studies, bringing the both directions of analytical and research work into synchronized and very modern graduate study program.

Among the courses taught at the graduate program in Conflict Studies, are basic courses in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Conflict Management, International Negotiations, and Peace Studies. There are also special courses, including Conflict and Communications, Theories of Nationalism, Regional Conflicts in South Caucasus, and Security Studies. The concentration on Migration Studies introduces a number of courses, including Migration and Multiculturalism, Gender and Migration, Migration and Small Nations, Regional Migration History, Migration Policies, etc.

The number of graduate students per program varies in YSU; Department of Sociology used to limit the number of students in its Masters programs by 15-20 people in group.


Academic calendar:


1st semester – September 1 – December 28

2nd semester – February 8 – June 12

Sessions – 2 weeks, winter vocation – 2 weeks, summer vocation – 2 months.