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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology MA

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►  Graduate School Rules  apply to this program


Program Requirements

Two plans of study are available for students. Both options require a minimum of 36 hours. A thesis is required for the thesis option, and a project and internship are required for the nonthesis option. Before beginning the required course work, attendance at an orientation is required for incoming cohorts as well as the completion of mandatory diagnostic exams.

Required Courses

Core courses are required for all graduate students, regardless of plan. Students who are officially admitted to the program are required to follow a sequential plan. SOC 5000 must be taken in the first fall semester. Students must take SOC 5014 before taking SOC 5015. Similarly, SOC 5024 must be taken before SOC 5183.

Total: 15 Hours


Students must also choose one of the following options:

Thesis Option Requirements

     Core course requirements            15 Hours

     Five elective courses                   15 Hours

     Master’s thesis                             6 Hours total required

Thesis Option Total: 36 Hours

Nonthesis Option Requirements

     Core course requirements            15 Hours

     Five elective courses                   15 Hours

     Internship                                    3 Hours

     Master’s project                            3 Hours

Nonthesis Option Total: 36 Hours

Elective Credit Requirements (15 semester hours for both options)

Students can take an unlimited number of sociology graduate seminars (i.e., 5000-level, stacked or not) to fulfill their 15 elective semester hours, or a combination of the following:

  • Independent study: maximum 6 semester hours
  • Courses in other departments: maximum 6 semester hours
  • Internship: maximum 3 semester hours

For further information about the Department of Sociology or the MA program, visit the Sociology Web Site.


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