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Sociology - M.A.
The master's program emphasizes Sociological theory and methods. Some students earn the M.A. to prepare for positions as applied sociologists. Their work often includes field experience. Others view the M.A. degree as preparation for Ph.D. studies. An M.A. thesis or publishable paper describes results from the student's own original research.
Seven Courses (26 credit hours)
||Proseminar in Sociology||2|
|SOC 911||Theory I||4|
|Three additional||Graduate-level sociology courses||12|
Master's Thesis (6-10 credit hours)
- Establish a committee by the second semester
- Develop proposal
- Conduct original research
- Write thesis
- Register for 6-10 thesis credits (Sociology 899)
Full-time students typically complete their course requirements within their first three semesters of graduate study. Subsequently, top priority goes to completion of the M.A. thesis. Successful completion of the thesis constitutes the capstone experience for the M.A. degree.