|Degree-seeking students in the Applied Sociology program may choose either the thesis or a nonthesis course of study. Both options require 30 hours of course work, at least half of which must be at the 6000 level or above.|
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
option is designed primarily for students who plan to enter doctoral programs
and is highly recommended for students interested in community college
teaching. The nonthesis option is more appropriate for students entering or
continuing professional careers following the MA degree. The Master of Arts
degree is conferred when students have fulfilled the requirements of either
the thesis or nonthesis option. Students must earn a grade of "B" (3.0) or
better in the program’s core courses. Courses may be retaken to achieve a
better grade; however, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their
program of study.
By the end of their first nine hours of course work
in the program, students should select a permanent faculty adviser and
determine their preliminary program of study, either in the thesis or
nonthesis track. Students should maintain close contact with their faculty
adviser in order to develop a viable program of study and avoid graduation
Required Courses—18 Credit Hours
Please note that students in the nonthesis option are required
to complete a research study in each of the 12 hours of required courses to
provide an independent learning experience .
- SYA 5625
Proseminar (3 credit hours): Should be taken as early as possible in your
- SYA 6126 Social Theory (3 credit hours)
- SYA 6305
Social Research (3 credit hours)
- SYA 6455 Research Analysis (3 credit
Specialization—6 Credit Hours
- SYP 5566
Seminar on Domestic Violence: Theory, Research and Social Policy (3 credit
- SYP 6563 Reactions to Domestic Violence (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours
Choose two of the following
- SYA 6128 Theoretical Criminology (3 credit hours)
- SYA 6657 Program Design and Evaluation* (3
- SYP 6561 Child Abuse in Society (3 credit hours)
- SYP 6565 Elder Abuse and Neglect (3 credit hours)
- SYP 6515 Deviant Behavior
Issues (3 credit hours)
- SYP 6522 Sociological Perspectives on Victims
(3 credit hours)
- SYP 6546 Crime, Law, Inequality (3 credit
- SYD 6809 Seminar on Gender Issues (3 credit hours)
* SYA 6657 cannot be taken for elective credit by nonthesis students because
it is a required course for this option.
Thesis Option—6 Credit
The thesis option requires a minimum of 6 hours of thesis credit
and a successful defense of a thesis. Students may enroll in thesis hours after
they have successfully completed the four required courses and their thesis
committee has been approved by the department and college.
permanent faculty adviser will chair their committee, which also will include
two additional graduate sociology faculty members in the department. The
additional members of the thesis committee are selected in consultation with
the student’s permanent faculty adviser.
When a topic has been
selected, students, in conjunction with their permanent adviser, will develop
a thesis proposal. Copies of the proposal will be routed to members of their
thesis committee and a proposal hearing scheduled. All students must pass a
proposal hearing as well as a final oral defense of their thesis. Students who
elect to write a thesis should become familiar with the university’s
requirements and deadlines for organizing and submitting the thesis.
The nonthesis option requires that students complete SYA
6657 Program Design and Evaluation and 3 additional hours of elective course
work in their area of specialization. The Program Design and Evaluation course
(SYA 6657) requires community-oriented research projects to develop research
skills in sociology.
- SYA 6657 Program Design and
- Directed Study for Applied Project (3 credit hours)
Nonthesis students must complete an applied
project. The nature and implementation of each project will be determined by
the student and her/his adviser.
Before students may begin the applied
project, they must earn a grade of "B" (3.0) or better in each of the
five core courses.
The grading system for the project is Pass/No Pass.
Students who receive a grade of Pass will be allowed to graduate assuming all
other requirements are met.
in the Applied Sociology MA program pay a $39 equipment fee each semester that
they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $19.50 per semester.
Independent LearningAs with all graduate programs, independent learning is an important component in the Applied Sociology master’s program. Students will demonstrate independent learning through research seminars and the thesis (thesis students only). The nonthesis option requires a research study in the SYA 6657 course on Program Design and Evaluation. In addition, research studies are required in each of the 15 hours of required courses to provide independent learning.