Master of Arts
- Credit Hours: Students must complete 32 hours of coursework. This includes 17 hours of required coursework in SOCA, 6 hours of thesis, and 9 hours of electives in SOCA.
- Grade Point Average: Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, and a GPA of 3.00 in all courses applied to the graduate program.
- Graduation Requirement: In addition to completing required coursework, students must complete a thesis following the journal article model. This is a research report intended for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal and presentation at a professional sociology conference.
- Benchmarks: In addition to maintaining GPA requirements, students must receive acceptance of their thesis proposal no later than November 20 of the third semester of the M.A. program (see Sociology Graduate Handbook for details).
|Required Core Coursework|
|SOC 600||Becoming a Sociologist||1|
|SOC 601||Professional Research/Writing||1|
|SOC 610||Advanced General Sociology||3|
|SOC 615||Sociological Data Analysis and Interpretation 1||3|
|SOC 616||Sociological Data Analysis and Interpretation 2||3|
|SOC 620||Sociological Research Methods||3|
|SOC 730||Sociological Explanation||3|
Includes SOC courses at the 600 or 700 level. Excludes the following: 695, 697, 698, 795, 797, 798.
Major Learning Outcomes
- Proficiently communicate concepts within the field of sociology orally and in writing
- Apply research skills to analyze and/or explore the student’s subject area
- Explain the role of research in addressing questions, issues, and problems pertaining to social issues
- Produce original research to evaluate social issues using sociological theories and methodological skills
- Explain professional practice and ethics as they relate to sociology
- Critically analyze and evaluate the literature in the student’s subject area