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Introduction

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campus signWelcome to the Online Orientation for the Sociology Graduate Program. This orientation is designed to familiarize you with the various components of the degree plan and offer some guidance with utilizing Blackboard - the online platform used at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). Additionally, you will also find resources for managing your time, communicating with professors, using the SHSU library, among other useful links.

We are one of the first public universities to offer an online graduate degree in sociology in the United States. We are excited to have you as part of our growing and dynamic program. The online nature of the program enables you to network with a variety of people from across the United States and around the world. You will have the opportunity to learn from your classmates and develop lasting career and research networks.

Due to our competitive tuition, world-class faculty and staff, and solid delivery system, gaining admission to our program has become increasingly competitive. In short, you are in the company of a select group of students that will enrich your learning experience.

Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas. Graduates from our MA program in Sociology have gone on to successfully complete PhD programs, law and/or other professional schools, and/or have used the degree to enter both private and public sector careers. One of SHSU's most famous undergraduates is Huntsville native, Dr. Logan Wilson, who served as President and Chancellor of the University of Texas at Austin. He also served as president of the American Council on Education. Dr. Wilson received his doctorate from Harvard University. Notably, Dr. Wilson oversaw the racial integration of the University of Texas at Austin during the 1950's. Currently, the department is home to two prestigious sociology journals – Rural Sociology and the Journal of Rural Social Sciences.

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