MA in Sociology
The Master of Arts in Sociology program provides a solid grounding in the following three areas of specialization:
- social inequality
- urban sociology
Race and Urban Development; Race, Gender, and Class; Women, Welfare, and Policy; The Law of Race and Slavery
All students must satisfactorily complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate course work plus a thesis (SOC 6998 and SOC 6999). The following courses are required for the degree:
SOC 6230: Research Methods
SOC 6231: Data Analysis
SOC 6232: Qualitative Methodology OR SOC 6240/MGT 6383: Field Research in Organization Settings
SOC 6238: Development of Sociological Theory
SOC 6239: Contemporary Sociological Theory
Two courses in a major field and one course in a minor field must be completed. Currently available fields of specialization are social inequality, criminology, and urban sociology.
With the consent of an advisor, one graduate course in a related department or program can be used for either one of the major courses or for the minor course requirement.
The Master's Thesis
The thesis is expected to be a research paper of publishable quality. The thesis committee will consist of two members, at least one selected from the sociology faculty.
Time to Complete Degree
Normally it takes two years for full-time students to complete their degrees. A part-time option (with a minimum of six credits per semester) is also available.
Program of Studies Form
All MA candidates must complete a Program of Studies form no later than the end of the first semester of residence. Forms are available in the department's MA Information Packet.