Degree Requirements: Students Enrolled Prior to Spring 2011
A student majoring in Sociology may choose from the following plans: Master of Arts, Plan I or Master of Arts, Plan II.
Master of Arts, Plan I. Plan I requires 30 hours of graduate credit, 24 of which must be in Sociology and must be in courses numbered 500 or above with the exception of SOC 698 and SOC 699. A thesis of 6 semester hours (SOC 698 and SOC 699) in Sociology is also required. This program is designed for students who wish to continue graduate education or whose professional interests require the enhancement of analytical skills.
Students majoring in Sociology who select the Master of Arts, Plan I are required to write a master’s thesis. The thesis is an original research work which is designed to demonstrate the candidate’s theoretical, methodological and substantive skills in the discipline.
Master of Arts, Plan II. Plan II requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit, 24 of which must be in Sociology and must be numbered 500 or above. This plan does not require a thesis and is designed for students who wish to concentrate on the development of their applied professional skills.
Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sociology must successfully complete the following core courses:
SOC 585 Seminar in Sociological Theory (Credit 3)
SOC 567 Seminar in Sociological Research (Credit 3)
SOC 543 Social Statistics (Credit 3)
Students must also successfully complete at least one of the remaining core courses:
SOC 532 Applied Research Methods (Credit 3)
SOC 568 Techniques of Research Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences (Credit 3)
SOC 577 Social Impact Assessment and Program Evaluation (Credit 3)
Areas of Specialization
Students must also select at least one of the following specializations:
Specialization #1 – Sociology of Community and Natural Resources
Students must successfully complete Sociology of Community (SOC 576) and at least one of the following courses: Environmental Sociology (SOC 564) or Social Change and Development (SOC 589).
Specialization #2 – Health and Aging
Students must successfully complete Medical Sociology (SOC 537) and at least one of the following courses: Seminar in Race and Ethnic Studies (SOC 565); Social Inequality (SOC 582); Gender and Society (SOC 587); or, Social Change and Development (SOC 589).
Specialization #3 – Social Change and Development
Students must successfully complete Social Change and Development (SOC 589) and at least one of the following courses: Seminar in Race and Ethnic Studies (SOC 565); Sociology of the Family (SOC 572); Sociology of Community (SOC 576) or Gender and Society (SOC 587).
Courses listed under two different specializations may be simultaneously employed to satisfy the requirements of each of these specializations.
After completing course work and before completing the master’s thesis, students are required to take the comprehensive examinations. The comprehensive exams for the Master’s Degree in Sociology are divided into three parts.
Consists of a written examination in theory and method. This is a test of concepts in sociological theory and methodology. It is administered in an eight-hour session twice a year.
Consists of a written examination in the specialty area selected by the student. Students must specialize in at least one of the specialties offered in the Sociology program. If the student elects to have more than one specialty area he/she will take one eight-hour exam for each of the selected specialties.
An oral exam addressing issues pertaining to Sociological Theory and Method and the Special Area(s) selected by the student.
Exams are offered twice each academic year, once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. They are usually offered during a one-week-period determined by the Director of Graduate Studies (DOGS). However, students may take their exams in more than one semester by taking their first exam during one semester and the remaining ones in the following semesters. No exams will be offered during the summer semesters.