Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Requirements

Students pursuing an MA in sociology may choose a specialization in either institutions and inequality, or sociology of globalization. Under the larger framework of these specializations, students may pursue studies in a wide range of 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.

Designed as a small and selective graduate program, the MA enables students to enjoy the benefits of a personal mentoring experience as they gain skills in both basic and applied research. The program is also strongly connected to various nonprofit and community groups, providing ample opportunity for research, internships, and employment in various occupations. In addition to required and elective course work, students are required to complete a master's thesis or a master's capstone paper to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in the bachelor's program.  See Sociology, BA/Sociology, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see Academic Policies.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2015-2016)

Two courses (6 credits) of social theory

SOCI 711 - Classical Sociological Theory

SOCI 712 - Contemporary Sociological Theory

Three courses (9 credits) of research methods

SOCI 620 - Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry

and two courses chosen from the following:

SOCI 631 - Survey Research

SOCI 632 - Evaluation Research for Social Programs

SOCI 633 - Special Topics in Sociology (when topic is Feminist Methods, Feminist Theory, or Critical Ethnography)

SOCI 634 - Qualitative Research Methods

SOCI 636 - Statistical Reasoning

SOCI 660 / SOCI 860 - Historical and Comparative Sociology

WMST 610 - Feminist Approaches to Social Research

WMST 611 - Feminist Research Practice

One course (3 credits) in public sociology

SOCI 601 - Proseminar in Public and Applied Sociology

One course (3 credits) of writing

SOCI 602 - Writing for the Social Sciences

Two to three elective courses (6 to 9 credits)

Students may choose their electives from the full range of offerings in sociology (any SOCI course) or focus their elective credits in one of two specializations.

Institutions and inequalities specialization

SOCI 605 - Gender and Social Structure

SOCI 608 - Juvenile Delinquency

SOCI 614 - Sociology of Culture

SOCI 623 - Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives

SOCI 624 - International Migration in the Age of Globalization

SOCI 635 - Environment and Society

SOCI 641 - Micro Sociology: Inequality and Everyday Life

SOCI 670 - New Media and Social Inequality

SOCI 840 - Work Organizations and Social Inequality

SOCI 844 - Youth, Schooling, and Popular Culture

SOCI 845 - Society and Education

SOCI 853 - Cities in a Global Society

SOCI 857 - Sociology of Human Rights

SOCI 633 - Special Topics in Sociology (with prior written approval of director)

SOCI 833 - Special Topics in Sociology (with prior written approval of director)

Sociology of globalization specialization

SOCI 614 - Sociology of Culture

SOCI 623 - Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives

SOCI 624 - International Migration in the Age of Globalization

SOCI 635 - Environment and Society

SOCI 670 - New Media and Social Inequality

SOCI 850 - Sociology of Development

SOCI 851 - Globalization and Social Movements

SOCI 853 - Cities in a Global Society

SOCI 857 - Sociology of Human Rights

ANTH 631 - Refugees in the Contemporary World

ANTH 632 - International Migration in Comparative Perspective

ANTH 655 - Nationalism, Transnationalism, and States: Local and Global Perspectives

SOCI 633 - Special Topics in Sociology (with prior written approval of director)

SOCI 833 - Special Topics in Sociology (with prior written approval of director)

Thesis or MA Capstone Paper

Thesis (3 or 6 credits)

A master's thesis demonstrates the student's capacity to carry out independent research. The thesis consists of a substantial sociological research or theoretical project that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in sociology.

Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in SOCI 799, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

SOCI 799 - Thesis

MA Capstone Paper (3 credits)

As an alternative to the thesis, students can elect to complete an independent, 25-page research paper. Unlike the thesis, the MA capstone paper must be completed in one semester.

SOCI 797 - Master's Capstone Paper

Total: 33 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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