The master's program emphasizes Sociological theory and methods. Some students earn the M.A. to prepare for positions as applied sociologists. Their work often includes field experience. Others view the M.A. degree as preparation for Ph.D. studies. An M.A. thesis or publishable paper describes results from the student's own original research.
M.A. Degree Requirements
Completion of the degree requires a minimum of 32 graduate credits. Students must complete at least 26 credit hours (seven courses) of graduate-level coursework in sociology. In addition, students must complete 6-10 credits of Master's Thesis work.
|SOC 901||Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics||4|
|SOC 902||Sociological Methods II: Research Design||4|
|SOC 911||Sociological Theory I||4|
|Select three graduate seminars|
|SOC 899||Master's Thesis||6-10|
|Successful completion of the thesis constitutes the capstone experience for the M.A. degree.|
- Outcome 1: Students will learn to interpret quantitative and qualitative data in a value-neutral way.
- Outcome 2: Students will learn to run advanced quantitative analyses.
- Outcome 3: Students will learn to communicate effectively in writing from a sociological.
- Outcome 4: Students will learn to produce original sociological research.
- Outcome 5: Students will learn to deliver effective oral presentations about their sociological research.