The MA in sociology provides opportunities for students to develop expertise in a variety of areas including applied methods, community, conflict analysis and management, development and social change, deviance, environmental sociology, gerontology, medical sociology, occupations and professions, policy analysis, race and ethnicity, sociology of science and technology, cultural studies, and survey research. The program is strongly connected to various nonprofit and community groups, providing ample opportunity for research, internships, and employment in various occupations.
Students pursuing a MA in sociology may choose an emphasis in general sociology; sex and gender; crime, delinquency, and corrections; race and ethnicity; cultural studies; or conflict analysis and management. The general sociology emphasis allows maximum flexibility in the application of sociological knowledge to the analysis of social processes and systems. All emphases are appropriate for those anticipating further graduate study leading to the doctorate in 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. In addition to required and elective coursework, students are required to complete a master’s thesis to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research. The thesis consists of a substantial sociological research or theoretical project that will contribute to sociological knowledge.