Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts in Sociology provides advanced study in general sociology. It offers an opportunity to broaden one's knowledge of society, strengthen skills of sociological analysis and conduct research in depth in an area of particular interest. It may be used as preparation for study toward the doctorate in sociology, for community college teaching, participation in research or for a variety of positions in business and industry, corrections, the community or government.

Depending on options chosen by the student, the core course sequence is augmented with requirements for the special emphasis and electives.

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Student Learning Outcomes

1)    Graduate students will demonstrate, through application to real world problems, their grasp of sociological theory. 

2)    Graduate students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge in a specific domain of sociological research specialization (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity, education, inequality, political sociology, etc.). 

3)    Graduate students will apply core concepts in an area of research specialization through the interpretation of sociological data, using such concepts. 

4)    Graduate students will either design and implement a qualitative or quantitative research program, with data generation or data analysis, and the writing-up of research findings, or assess design options in the comprehensive exam.