Sociology is a discipline that focuses on human behavior and interaction.  Studying the role of the individual as an inherently social being, sociological training helps prepare students to develop a reflective understanding of human nature.  Examining the nature of the public sphere, addressing inclusivity, and using an intersectional framework are sociological themes emerging at the core of current social movements. Program courses will examine inequality, globalization, social change, and the intersection of people and societies with institutions.  Strong foundation in these concepts and theories will help prepare students to examine real world issues critically in individual, social, and organizational contexts.  Development of these knowledge and skills areas supports our mission of preparing students for a diverse, global society.

This program has specific admission requirements

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply core sociological paradigms, theories, and concepts to social issues in a way that promotes the social, economic, and environmental well-being of individuals and communities.

  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of social science research methods and statistical analysis to examine big data in interdisciplinary contexts and career fields.

  • Describe career opportunities, professional responsibilities and challenges experienced by sociologists.

  • Prepare a professional narrative through a portfolio demonstrating mastery of career skills for social scientists.

  • Contribute to positive social change in personal and/or professional life through service to a diverse society.

Programmatic Admission Requirements

The following is required for admission into this program. All documentation must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree in sociology must have completed:
    • One introduction to sociology course
    • One statistics course

Please visit our AMU or APU graduate admission page for more information on institutional admission requirements.

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Degree at a Glance

Core Requirements15
Major Requirements12
Final Program Requirements3
Total Semester Hours30

Degree Program Requirements

Core Requirements (15 semester hours)

SOCI500Social Theory in Action 13
SOCI501Professionalism for Sociologists: Ethics, Collaboration, and Career Planning3
PSYC601Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research3
PSYC602Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research3
SOCI603Advanced Data Analysis for Social Science3
Total Semester Hours15

Major Requirements (12 semester hours)

Select 3 courses from the following:9
Grant Writing and Fundraising for Social Scientists
Introduction to Scholarly and Technical Writing
Independent Study: Sociology
Social Psychology
Multicultural Issues in Human Behavior
Select 1 course from the following:3
Social Analysis of Education Systems
Medical Sociology
Organizational Behavior
Total Semester Hours12

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

SOCI698Sociology Capstone3
Total Semester Hours3