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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology MA

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►  Graduate School Rules  apply to this program

Program Requirements

Two plans of study are available for students. Both options require a minimum of 36 hours. A thesis is required for the thesis option, and a project and internship are required for the nonthesis option.

Required Courses

Core courses are required for all graduate students, regardless of plan. Students who are officially admitted to the program are required to follow a sequential plan. SOCY 5000 must be taken in the first fall semester. Students must take SOCY 5014 before taking SOCY 5015. Similarly, SOCY 5024 must be taken before SOCY 5183. Students must earn a B or better in all core courses.

Total: 15 Hours


Students must also choose one of the following options:

Thesis Option Requirements

     Core course requirements            15 Hours

     Five elective courses                    15 Hours

     Master’s thesis                              6 Hours total required

Thesis Option Total: 36 Hours

Nonthesis Option Requirements

     Core course requirements            15 Hours

     Five elective courses                    15 Hours

     Internship                                    3 Hours

     Master’s project                            3 Hours

Nonthesis Option Total: 36 Hours

Elective Credit Requirements (15 semester hours for both options)

Students can take an unlimited number of sociology graduate (5000-level) seminars to fulfill their 15 elective semester hours, or a combination of the following:

  • Independent study: maximum 6 semester hours
  • Graduate level courses in other departments: maximum 6 semester hours
  • Internship: maximum 3 semester hours

For further information about the Department of Sociology or the MA program, visit the Sociology website.

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