The M.A. Graduate Program in Sociology is intended for students who:
- Wish to go on for doctoral degrees and careers in teaching and research after the completion of the M.A.
- Wish the MA degree in Sociology as preparation for various occupations.
- Wish to pursue their liberal arts education further in the field of Sociology.
For admission to the program, the student must possess a Bachelor's degree. To earn classified graduate status in the program, students must have completed all sociology undergraduate core requirements in Sociology Theory and Sociological Research Methods, or the equivalent. The University requirement for classified status requires Department evaluation and approval. The degree requires a minimum of 30 units of approved graduate courses, plus comprehensive exams or a thesis, as follows.
Core requirements: 12
- SOC 601 Sociological Theory in Historical Perspective 3
- SOC 670 Studies in Contemporary Sociology 3
- SOC 690 Social Research 3
- SOC 691A-F Directed Research 3
Approved graduate courses: 12
At least 6 units must be in 500 or 600 series in sociology.
In these 12 units the student should cover at least the remaining elective areas of concentration for the Comprehensive Examination.
6 units selected from sociology or related fields (selected with advisor approval).
Total requirements: 30 units, plus one of the following:
... in three areas including sociological theory and sociological research methodology, and one of the following:
Criminology and Corrections
Social Structure and Institutions
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Gender and Sex
Sociology of Work
After having completed 15 units of graduate work (which should include the MA Program core class), with a 3.5 GPA or greater in graduate core courses, the student must:
-- a thesis advisor, assemble a thesis committee, and satisfactorily complete a minimum 8-10 page thesis proposal. After reading the proposal, the thesis committee, in consultation with the Graduate Committee and the Department Chair, will recommend whether the student proceeds to the full thesis.
-- satisfactorily complete a thesis and defend their work. The student must obtain the approval and signatures of their thesis committee members and file their thesis with Graduate Studies.
Note: Students must qualify to pursue a thesis by earning a 3.5 GPA or greater in graduate core classes