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
For admission to the Master of Arts in Sociology, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum 2.0 GPA. They must also have completed an introduction to sociology course and one statistics course.
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Degree at a Glance
|Final Program Requirements||3|
|Total Semester Hours||30|
Degree Program Requirements
Core Requirements (15 semester hours)
|SOCI500||Social Theory in Action 1||3|
|SOCI501||Professionalism for Sociologists: Ethics, Collaboration, and Career Planning||3|
|PSYC601||Qualitative Methods in Social Science Research||3|
|PSYC602||Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research||3|
|SOCI603||Advanced Data Analysis for Social Science||3|
|Total Semester Hours||15|
Required as the first course in this program.
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|
|Multicultural Issues in Human Behavior|
|Select 1 course from the following:||3|
|Social Analysis of Education Systems|
|Total Semester Hours||12|
Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)
|Total Semester Hours||3|
Taken once all other requirements have been met.