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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:

  • Critically assess, articulate, and address theoretical concepts, perspectives, and issues.
  • Identify research questions, conduct research, and manage information to address social issues.
  • Develop a culturally informed perspective on the role of structure and agency in our diverse social world.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of professional roles, being attentive to professional ethics.

 

The Master of Arts degree in Sociology is a program designed to prepare students for either continued education in a Ph.D program or employment in the field of applied sociology. To this end, students may take classes in the Traditional Track (for those students going on to a Ph.D program) or in the Applied Track (for those students entering the workforce upon completion of the MA degree).

 

To be accepted into this program, a student must have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and at least 15 hours of undergraduate sociology or related areas which must include upperlevel undergraduate social theory and upper-level undergraduate social research methods. 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 graduate theory and graduate methods courses in this program.

 

Eligibility for Internship must be approved by the Program Coordinator prior to beginning the practical experience. 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.

 

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.

 

REQUIRED GRADUATE COURSES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

SOC 5801 Introduction to Graduate Studies (1)

SOC 5800 Theories of Society (3)

SOC 5805 Population Trends and Analysis (3)

SOC 5810 Qualitative Research (3)

SOC 6880 Internship in Sociology (6)

 

                                       OR

SOC 6890 Thesis (6)

 

Elect one of the following Tracks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

 

                           – Traditional Track–

 

SOC 5880 Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)

Graduate Electives (12)

 

                               –Applied Track–

 

SOC 5803 Sociological Practice (3)

SOC 5815 Program Evaluation (3)

Graduate Electives (9)

 

MINIMUM GRADUATE HOUR TOTAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

 

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.

 

(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 ilu@ucmo.edu

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