Sociology, MA

The MA in Sociology offers a thesis and a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 33 semester hours, including 6 hours of thesis. The non-thesis option requires 33 semester hours, including a 6-hour internship.

The program prepares students for further study, for research and administrative positions in public or private organizations, and for teaching sociology in a variety of settings. All of the students in the program acquire a general foundation in sociology, and some elect to complete a concentration in criminology. Other special interests may be pursued in particular substantive, applied, or cognate courses and extended in the writing of a thesis or completion of an internship.

Application and Admission

Applicants must submit all application materials required by The Graduate School by the appropriate deadline to be considered for Fall, Spring, or Summer admission.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses (12 hours)

SOC 593Thesis Seminar

3

SOC 615The Logic of Social Inquiry

3

SOC 616Advanced Research Methods

3

SOC 618Advanced Data Analysis

3

Area Courses (9 hours)

Nine hours are selected from the following:

SOC 571Advanced Topics in Social Psychology

3

SOC 636Seminar in Social Inequalities: Theory and Research

3

SOC 640Cultural Sociology

3

SOC 644Sociology of Globalization

3

Electives (6 hours)

With prior approval of the advisor, a student will select 6 hours from other 500- or 600-level sociology or social science courses in other departments.

Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of a thesis proposal or internship proposal defense satisfies the comprehensive examination requirement.

Capstone Experience

Thesis Option (6 hours)

SOC 699Thesis

1–6

Non-thesis Option (6 hours)

SOC 695Internship

3–6

Criminology Concentration

Required Core Courses (21 hours)

SOC 593Thesis Seminar

3

SOC 615The Logic of Social Inquiry

3

SOC 616Advanced Research Methods

3

SOC 618Advanced Data Analysis

3

SOC 651Criminology

3

SOC 653Deviance and Social Control

3

SOC 655The Sociology of Law

3

Electives (6 hours)

With prior approval of the advisor, a student will select 6 hours from other 500- or 600-level sociology courses or social science courses in other departments.

Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of a thesis-proposal or internship-proposal defense satisfies the comprehensive examination requirement.

Capstone Experience

Thesis Option (6 hours)

SOC 699Thesis

1–6

Non-thesis Option (6 hours)

SOC 695Internship

3–6


 

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