M.A. Program

Our program emphasizes methodological skills and academic scholarship creating a strong basis for a professional career as a sociologist in university and applied settings. We provide students with an advanced education in Sociology and in the subfields of crime and deviance, domestic violence, social inequalities (i.e. race, class, gender, age), and urban and environmental sociology. Our M.A. program also includes a graduate track in Domestic Violence.

CURRICULUM

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. The thesis option is designed 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.

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Ph.D. Program

Our program emphasizes methodological skills and academic scholarship creating a strong basis for a professional career as a sociologist in university and applied settings. Along with courses in theory, research methods, and statistical analysis, our program offers advanced coursework in the specialized area of applied sociology and substantive areas of crime and deviance, domestic violence, social inequalities (i.e. race, class, gender, age) and health, families and communities.

CURRICULUM

The Sociology PhD requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, with 15 credit hours coming from required core courses, three credit hours from a restricted elective in research methods and data analysis, and three credit hours from a restricted elective in theory. Students select a minimum of 12 elective credit hours in one of the department’s four areas of concentration, Sociology of Crime/Deviant Behavior, Domestic Violence, Social Inequalities, or Health, Families and Communities.

Before students can enter into candidacy the following are required:

  1. Completion of all course work, except dissertation hours.
  2. Successful completion of Qualifying examination comprised of three areas; Theory, Methods/Statistics, and Major Area of Concentration.
  3. Successful completion of Candidacy examination.
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Research Smarts Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Research Smarts provides students with the essential skills and critical thinking needed by today’s consumers of news and information.

Increasing one’s Research Smarts will provide students with the practical skills and critical thinking necessary to produce and to consume findings, facts, and information with the assurance that it was arrived at systematically. These skills are not only useful in daily life, as we wade through the mass of news and information that comes our way, but also in private business, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other employment opportunities. Students seeking employment, those with jobs currently, or those working toward advancement can benefit from a critical examination of how knowledge is gained and which sources of information can be trusted. This is because nearly all employers value employees who are confident in their understanding and use of scientific research skills.

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