The Program

1 -  The Program

The Graduate Program in Social Sciences (Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Sociais - PGC) at the State University of Maringá (Universidade Estadual de Maringá - UEM) integrates the late process of institutionalization of the area in the state of Paraná, which was only consolidated in the 1990s, with the emergence of undergraduate courses in Toledo and Maringá, as well as master's degrees at the Federal University of Paraná (Universidade Federal do Paraná - UFPR) and the State University of Londrina (Universidade Estadual de Londrina - UEL).

UEM’s Graduate Program, approved by CAPES in 2008, adds to this process by also contributing to:

  • the faster incorporation of graduates from UEM's Social Sciences undergraduate program into master's programs in this area, given that many of our students, wishing to enter graduate programs, needed to adapt their projects to the areas of Geography, History or Education;
  • the consolidation of the research groups currently operating in the Department of Social Sciences at UEM, making it possible for new groups to emerge which, consequently, encourage greater participation by undergraduate students in research projects;
  • the increase in the number of postgraduate places offered by UEM's Center for Human Sciences, Letters and Arts (Centro de Ciências Humanas, Letras e Artes - CCH), helping to qualify professionals from the Maringá region, other cities in Paraná and cities in neighboring states, particularly Mato Grosso do Sul and the interior of São Paulo, which demand this type of training. This transit is already a reality in the undergraduate Social Sciences course at UEM - we have students coming from these regions every year.


The Program, linked to the area of Sociology and with a concentration in Society and Public Policies, has also contributed to the qualification of professionals from other areas of knowledge, especially Law, Administration, Social Work and areas related to Health, since the presence of these professionals in the selection process is significant.