MA Requirements


GENERAL THESIS OPTION

Thesis Option Requirements

All students selecting the thesis option must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, 21 of which must be in sociology.

SOCI 5444 Applied Data Analysis for Social Sciences

3 credits

SOCI 5110 Contemporary Social Theory

3 credits

SOCI 5210 Sociological Research

3 credits

SOCI 5960 Thesis

3-6 credits

Electives

18-21 credits

Total

30 credits

Students enrolled in the thesis option may take 18-21 credit hours of electives. This offers a high degree of choice and personalized study, culminating in a thesis that can be oriented toward the student's special area of interest. Other than the courses offered by the department, students may consult with the Graduate Coordinator and take up to nine hours of graduate study outside Sociology to gain knowledge and expertise in related fields of study (psychology, public health, management, criminal justice, etc.).


APPLIED SOCIOLOGY OPTION

Applied Option Requirements

All students selecting the non-thesis option must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, 27 of which must be in sociology.  

SOCI 5110 Contemporary Social Theory

3 credits

SOCI 5210 Sociological Research

3 credits

SOCI 5820 Skills in Applied Sociology & Anthropology  

3 credits

SOCI 5320 Program Evaluation

3 credits

SOCI 5850 Supervised Internship

6 credits

SOCI 5870 Internship Placement Report

3 credits

and one of the following:

SOCI 5627 Ethnographic Fieldwork Techniques

3 credits

or

SOCI 5444 Applied Data Analysis for Social Sciences

3 credits

Electives

12 credits

Total

36 credits

The special feature of the applied sociology concentration is the Supervised Internship (SOCI 5850, 6 credit hours). Students, in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator and their advisory committee, will select an appropriate placement in an agency or organization in which they will work, under supervision, for a total of 280-300 hours (approximately 20 hours per week over one semester or 10 hours per week over two semesters). The culmination of the applied sociology concentration is an analytical report based on the student's internship experience and knowledge gained from previous coursework, for which they receive three credits by taking Internship Placement Report (SOCI 5870). As with the thesis option, a written comprehensive exam is required to successfully complete the degree program.