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Sociology, M.A. Degree

Student Learning Outcomes--The graduate with a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Articulate a clear understanding of Sociology as a discipline including its key theoretical debates, analytic concepts and underlying assumptions.  
  • Formulate a research question, design a project, and conduct the research to address the question. 
  • Critically assess the theoretical ideas and/or evaluate theories in relation to empirical evidence. 
  • Develop a culturally sensitive perspective on the role of diversity and its impact on social interaction as well as on knowledge production within the United States and internationally.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of professional roles.
  • Competently utilize library and public document research techniques including online data resources and demonstrate the ability to cite sources accurately.
  • Act ethically in research and professional practice.

The Masters degree in Sociology is a dual-emphasis program designed to prepare students for employment in public sectors and academic settings by providing both methodological and theoretical training. 

To be accepted into this program, a student must have a minimum overall undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75 and a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 in at least 15 hours of undergraduate sociology or related areas.  A student without the 15 semester hours in sociology or related areas may be required to complete up to 15 hours of background courses in sociology prior to enrolling in 5000 or 6000 level courses. 

Working with the Graduate Coordinator, each student will develop a Program of Study no later than after the completion of 12 graduate credit hours. 

Students are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating knowledge and skill development which is reviewed by a minimum of two graduate faculty members in sociology to meet graduation requirements.  The portfolio must receive a minimum evaluation of Acceptable prior to degree completion.  All written work in the program should comply with the ASA Style Guide, a complete copy of which is available for check out by sociology students in Martin 236.


  • Elect TWO from the following  for a total of 6 credit hours:

    SOC 4860  Contemporary Social Thought (3)
    SOC 5800  Theories of Society (3)
    SOC 5880  Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)

  • Elect TWO from the following for a total of 6 credit hours:

    SOC 4890  Social Survey Research (3)
    SOC 5805  Applied Social Research (3)
    SOC 5815  Evaluation Research (3)

  • Elect ONE from the following for a total of 6 credit hours:

    SOC 6880  Internship in Sociology (6)
    (Primarily intended for student wishing to do applied work. The Department Internship Guide will give you clear guidelines for the program.)

    SOC 6890  Thesis in Sociology (6)
    (Primarily intended for those students wishing to continue their studies at the Ph.D. level.  Clear guidelines for conducting a thesis can be found in the Graduate School Thesis Manual.

  • Graduate Electives in Sociology for a total of 15 credit hours

(Courses may be drawn from the 4000, 5000 or 6000 level but in the end you must have at least 15 hours of courses at the 5000 or 6000 level.)


For more information, please see the current catalog for a complete statement of academic policies, leveling, and prerequisites or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Musa Ilu, Sociology Graduate Coordinator, at 660-543-8533 or at