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    Dec 01, 2022  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Major, MA


Course work

The Master of Arts degree with a major in sociology requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 21 total hours must be completed in 500- and 600-level courses. MA students may take 9 hours in 400-level courses that carry graduate credit (in consultation with their advisor). Twelve (12) hours may be taken outside the department with the advisor’s consent. Students must complete all requirements within 6 calendar years of enrollment.

All MA students must complete the following requirements (6 courses for 15 credit hours):
   SOCI 506  (2 hours)
   SOCI 511  (1 hour)
   SOCI 521  (3 hours)
   SOCI 531  (3 hours)

Two courses (Foundations and one other) in a specialty area (Criminology, Environmental Sociology, or Political Economy). Choose one from SOCI 503 , SOCI 504  or SOCI 505  AND choose one additional course in the same area.

Specialty Areas:
The criminology concentration includes SOCI 505 SOCI 652 SOCI 654 , and SOCI 655 .
The environmental sociology concentration includes SOCI 503 , SOCI 661  and SOCI 665 .
The political economy concentration includes SOCI 504 , SOCI 541 , SOCI 543 , SOCI 644  and SOCI 645 .

Students entering the MA program who have not completed at least one undergraduate course in statistics or its equivalent must take STAT 531  prior to enrolling in SOCI 531 . Students may additionally elect to complete requirements for the statistics minor. A minor in statistics consists of 9 hours of statistics courses. See Department of Business Analytics and Statistics for requirements.

Thesis Option

MA students choosing the thesis option are required to complete 9 hours of course work in sociology in addition to the required 15 hours described above and 6 hours of SOCI 500 . When a decision is reached about the thesis topic, the student should consult with the faculty member whose interests most closely match the student’s and with whom the student can establish a strong working relationship and request that the faculty member chair the thesis committee.

Non-Thesis Option

MA students choosing the non-thesis option are required to complete the required 15 hours described above and 15 additional hours of course work. Plans for the completion of the non-thesis MA must be filed in writing with the Director of Graduate Studies. Further details are available in the Sociology Graduate Student Handbook.