Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Sociology

Students pursuing an MA in sociology may choose a specialization in either institutions and inequality, or the 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 the program specialize 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. The program is strongly connected to nonprofit and community groups, providing ample opportunity for research, internships, and employment. 

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 33

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Core Courses

Social Theory

SOCI 711 Classical Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 712 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
Total Credits 6

Research Methods

SOCI 620 Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry 3
Select two from the following: 6
Survey Research
Evaluation Research for Social Programs
Special Topics in Sociology 1
Qualitative Research Methods
Statistical Reasoning
Historical and Comparative Sociology
Feminist Approaches to Social Research
Feminist Research Practice
Total Credits 9
1

Only when topic is Feminist Methods, Feminist Theory, or Critical Ethnography.

Public Sociology

SOCI 601 Proseminar in Public and Applied Sociology 3
Total Credits 3

Writing

SOCI 602 Writing for the Social Sciences 3
Total Credits 3

Elective Courses

Select two to three electives from the full range of offerings in sociology (any SOCI course) or focus their elective credits in one of two specializations: 6-9
Institutions and Inequalities Specialization:
Gender and Social Structure
Juvenile Delinquency
Sociology of Culture
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives
International Migration in the Age of Globalization
Environment and Society
Micro Sociology: Inequality and Everyday Life
New Media and Social Inequality
Work Organizations and Social Inequality
Youth, Schooling, and Popular Culture
Society and Education
Cities in a Global Society
Sociology of Human Rights
Special Topics in Sociology 1
Special Topics in Sociology 1
Sociology of Globalization Specialization:
Sociology of Culture
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives
International Migration in the Age of Globalization
Environment and Society
New Media and Social Inequality
Sociology of Development
Globalization and Social Movements
Cities in a Global Society
Sociology of Human Rights
Refugees in the Contemporary World
International Migration in Comparative Perspective
Nationalism, Transnationalism, and States: Local and Global Perspectives
Special Topics in Sociology 1
Special Topics in Sociology 1
Total Credits 6-9
1

Only with prior written approval of director.

Thesis or MA Capstone Paper

Thesis

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 Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in AP.6.9.3 Master's Thesis.

Three or six credits of 3-6
Thesis
Total Credits 3-6

MA Capstone Paper

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 3
Total Credits 3
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