Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Sociology

"Hands-on experience in the creative arts using a variety of technologies and media"

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 2016-2017)

Two courses (6 credits) of social theory

SOCI 711 - Classical Sociological Theory Credits: 3

SOCI 712 - Contemporary Sociological Theory Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) of research methods

SOCI 620 - Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry Credits: 3

and two courses chosen from the following:

SOCI 631 - Survey Research Credits: 3

SOCI 632 - Evaluation Research for Social Programs Credits: 3

SOCI 633 - Special Topics in Sociology Credits: 3(when topic is Feminist Methods, Feminist Theory, or Critical Ethnography)

SOCI 634 - Qualitative Research Methods Credits: 3

SOCI 636 - Statistical Reasoning Credits: 3

SOCI 660 / Credits: 3

SOCI 860 - Historical and Comparative Sociology Credits: 3

WMST 610 - Feminist Approaches to Social Research Credits: 3

WMST 611 - Feminist Research Practice Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in public sociology

SOCI 601 - Proseminar in Public and Applied Sociology Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) of writing

SOCI 602 - Writing for the Social Sciences Credits: 3

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 Credits: 3

SOCI 608 - Juvenile Delinquency Credits: 3

SOCI 614 - Sociology of Culture Credits: 3

SOCI 623 - Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives Credits: 3

SOCI 624 - International Migration in the Age of Globalization Credits: 3

SOCI 635 - Environment and Society Credits: 3

SOCI 641 - Micro Sociology: Inequality and Everyday Life Credits: 3

SOCI 670 - New Media and Social Inequality Credits: 3

SOCI 840 - Work Organizations and Social Inequality Credits: 3

SOCI 844 - Youth, Schooling, and Popular Culture Credits: 3

SOCI 845 - Society and Education Credits: 3

SOCI 853 - Cities in a Global Society Credits: 3

SOCI 857 - Sociology of Human Rights Credits: 3

SOCI 633 - Special Topics in Sociology Credits: 3(with prior written approval of director)

SOCI 833 - Special Topics in Sociology Credits: 3(with prior written approval of director)

Sociology of globalization specialization

SOCI 614 - Sociology of Culture Credits: 3

SOCI 623 - Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives Credits: 3

SOCI 624 - International Migration in the Age of Globalization Credits: 3

SOCI 635 - Environment and Society Credits: 3

SOCI 670 - New Media and Social Inequality Credits: 3

SOCI 850 - Sociology of Development Credits: 3

SOCI 851 - Globalization and Social Movements Credits: 3

SOCI 853 - Cities in a Global Society Credits: 3

SOCI 857 - Sociology of Human Rights Credits: 3

ANTH 631 - Refugees in the Contemporary World Credits: 3

ANTH 632 - International Migration in Comparative Perspective Credits: 3

ANTH 655 - Nationalism, Transnationalism, and States: Local and Global Perspectives Credits: 3

SOCI 633 - Special Topics in Sociology Credits: 3(with prior written approval of director)

SOCI 833 - Special Topics in Sociology Credits: 3(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 Credits: 1-6

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 Credits: 3

Total: 33 credits

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

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