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Graduate Program Degree Requirements

The Sam Houston Sociology Graduate program is now completely ONLINE! All courses are currently delivered through an online system.


Master of Arts. Requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit, 24 of which must be in Sociology and must be numbered 500 or above.

Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sociology must successfully complete the following core courses:
SOC    5310   Seminar in Sociological Theory (Credit 3)
SOC    5312   Seminar in Sociological Research (Credit 3)
SOC    5414   Social Statistics (Credit 3)

Students must also successfully complete at least one  of the remaining core courses:
SOC    5376   Applied Research Methods (Credit 3)
SOC    5378   Techniques of Research Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences (Credit 3)
SOC    5380   Social Impact Assessment and Program Evaluation (Credit 3)

Areas of Specialization

The student's area of specialization is selected by the student in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Faculty Advisor. Students may choose from the following areas:

Community; Environment; Health; Population Studies; Globalization

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination consists of a paper that covers the student's specialty area and pertinent theories and methods. The paper should be 6,000 words in length and should be completed before the following dates:

March 15: for students graduating in May

June 1: for students graduating in August

November 1: for students graduating in December


For more information on the online Sociology Graduate program, contact Dr. Karen Douglas, Director of Graduate Studies.


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For students who enrolled prior to Spring 2011, degree requirements can be found here.

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