Students in the Sociology MA program combine coursework in theory, methods and substantive areas of interest. The Sociology MA also offers opportunities for practicum and internship experiences, as well as to conduct original research. If you plan to pursue a doctoral degree and academic or research career, the work you perform for your MA thesis can become instrumental for the application process. The program’s orientation toward public sociology also provides excellent training for students across a range of careers in both the public and private sectors.
Our department offers two broad areas of specialization: Institutions and Inequalities; and Sociology of Globalization. Under the larger framework of these specializations, students may pursue studies in many areas of sociological inquiry. Faculty in our program have research specializations in Culture (including music, art, new media, and consumption); Family, youth and aging; Gender; Globalization; Immigration and migration; Political economy, development and economic sociology; Political sociology and social movements; Race/ethnicity; Religion; Sociological Theory; and Urban Sociology. You are encouraged to set up a meeting with your faculty advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies early in your first year to select your course of study.
George Mason is a stone’s throw from Washington, D.C., providing our students with easy access to a broad array of internship opportunities whether on Capitol Hill, a policy think-tank, or at a non-profit community organization. Whether your interests are focused on Human Rights, Global Development, Children and Youth Empowerment, Health and Food Access, Education, Urban Affairs, or Poverty and Inequality, the opportunities for real-world experience are limitless.
Sign up for an internship course: SOCI 516
Our sociology programs at MA level prepare students with the organizational analysis, problem solving and research skills to have policy impact. Recent students have interned as congressional aides, at the Urban Institute, the Center for American Progress to name but a few governmental and policy related fields.