Professional Paper (Guidelines)
One requirement of Masters of Arts Program in Sociology is to develop a professional paper. While the overall topic of the professional paper is your choice, the Director of Graduate Studies in conjunction with appropriate faculty will work with you to determine a specific topic. Broadly, it is our expectation that the professional paper will be an extended literature review that thoroughly addresses a specific research question. You are strongly encouraged to be thinking about your professional paper in each class you are enrolled. We anticipate that one of the papers you write for a class will serve as the basis for your professional paper.
If you are intending to conduct original research (primary data collection or secondary data source analysis), you must seek and obtain IRB approval (if necessary), have your data collected, analyzed and a draft paper written before enrolling the Professional Paper practicum.
You will be finalizing your professional paper in SOCI 6098—Professional Paper Practicum. This seminar is offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters, but not during the summer. The semester before you anticipate enrolling in SOCI 6098, you must:
Enrolling in the Professional Paper Practicum does not ensure the requirements for graduation will be met. The professional paper must meet the “Proficient” standard (see Grading Rubrics below) on all sections as determined by the professional paper committee.
Professional Paper Guidelines
You can also view a copy of the syllabus for the professional paper which lists basic requirements.