The program for this degree provides advanced study in general sociology. It offersan opportunity to broaden one's knowledge of society, to strengthen skills of sociological analysis and to do research in depth in an area of particular interest. It may be used aspreparation 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, non-governmental organizations or government.
The 30-unit program is composed of a 15-unit core course sequence that all students must complete. Depending on options chosen by the student, the core course sequence is augmented with requirements for the special emphasis and electives to total 30 units. The Master of Arts program is designed to facilitate close contact between students and faculty, to encourage students to accept a role in the selection of course offerings, and to participate in areas of departmental decision making.
Students must meet the university requirements for admission to graduate standing. Please see the "Graduate Regulations" section of the CSUF catalog for policies and procedures on admission of graduate students.
In order to be accepted as a sociology graduate student, the applicant must have a grade-point average of 3.00 or better in the most recent 60 units of college work and a grade-point average of 3.25 or better for all work in sociology. A minimum of 18 upper-division units in sociology is required, including the following courses or their equivalents:
Sociology 410 Theories of Social Behavior (3)
Sociology 302 Social Research Methods (3)
Sociology 303 Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)
Courses in methods, statistics and theory must have been completed within the last five years prior to application.
Students may be accepted as conditionally classified sociology majors with either course or GPA deficiencies. Deficiencies must be corrected within one year of admission to the program.
Students will be classified upon the fulfillment of the above prerequisites, and after an approved study plan has been developed, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.
To apply for admission you must submit an application via the Web by going to www.csumentor.edu. Complete the application, and designate CSU, Fullerton to receive it. Follow the directions on the website. You must submit a copy of your transcript from each college or university you have attended to the Office of Admissions and Records.
You also must submit three letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your academic potential, a writing sample, and a statement of purpose. The writing sample could be a paper you submitted for a grade in a course. It should be 3-4 pages and should be something we can use to assess your writing proficiency. These three things must be sent to the Department of Sociology, Graduate Coordinator.
The study plan for the degree must be completed with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 with no course grades below C. The study plan is approved by the Graduate Coordinator and includes the following:
Core Course Sequence - All Students (15 units)
Sociology 502A The Research Process (3)
Sociology 502B The Research Process (3)
Sociology 581 Advanced Theories of Social Behavior (3)
Sociology 585 Sociological Practice (3)
Sociology 501T Seminar: Topics in Societal Structure and Process (3)
Electives (12-15 units)
Electives to be chosen from the following categories consistent with each student’s goals, subject to approval by the graduate adviser and limited by the maximum number of units set for each category.
500-level graduate seminars (maximum 15 units)
400-level Sociology courses (maximum 6 units)
Sociology 596 Community College Symposium (3) or Sociology 597 Project (3)
(maximum 6 units any combination of Sociology 596 or 597)
Sociology 599 Independent Graduate Research (3)
Note: Maximum of nine units of any combination of Sociology 596, 597, or 599 allowed on the study plan.
Thesis/Project/Comprehensive Exam (3 units)
Sociology 598 Thesis (3) or Sociology 597 Project(3) or Sociology 599 Independent Graduate Research (3) plus Comprehensive Exam
It is highly recommended that students planning on doctoral studies complete the thesis option.
For further information, consult Dr. Berna Torr, Sociology Graduate Coordinator.